Peace Corps event to help students learn about working abroad in education

Western Today staff

To help students learn about overseas job opportunities in education, Woodring College of Education at Western Washington University is holding an information session from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, in Miller Hall Room 103.

The event is being put on by the Peace Corps.

Education is the largest area of need for Peace Corps countries, with volunteers teaching in subjects such as English, health, literacy, math and science. Education volunteers strengthen local capacity by training and mentoring teachers in primary and secondary schools, teacher training colleges and universities.

WWU Peace Corps Campus Representative Jill MacIntyre Witt, who served as a volunteer in Morocco, will be at the event to share information about educational opportunities available through the Peace Corps, the benefits of serving and tips to guide potential volunteers through the application process.

To receive updates about upcoming events in the area, visit www.peacecorps.gov/info or “like” the Peace Corps at Western Washington University Facebook page.

Western Washington University has a strong legacy with the Peace Corps. Historically, 885 alumni have served with the agency since 1961; 73 alumni are currently serving overseas, ranking the university No. 1 in the nation among medium-sized universities.
For more information, contact Witt at 360-650-3017.

About the Peace Corps: Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps by executive order on March 1, 1961, more than 210,000 Americans have served in 139 host countries. Today, 8,073 volunteers are working with local communities in 76 host countries in agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health and youth in development. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment and the agency’s mission is to promote world peace and friendship and a better understanding between Americans and people of other countries. Visit www.peacecorps.gov for more information.