Enhancements (a minimum of 1 of the following)
Volunteer service/internship in a community service development project (a minimum of 50 hours by the end of the junior year, with at least 100 hours by graduation.)
Candidates for the Peace Corps Preparatory Program are required to take a seminar on international service (to be offered for a half-credit). The course will address ways in which Americans can work to assist others beyond our borders, study the organizations engaged in international service, and the experiences of those who participate in the work of those organizations. The seminar will also address critical, environmental, economic, and educational issues in our increasingly globalized world and also the history of international service. Interested students apply to the Peace Corps Preparatory Program as sophomores, then spend their junior and senior years fulfilling the program's requirements.
Fifteen Galesburg eighth-graders will be the George Washington Gale Scholars Class of 2017. They will hear from several speakers, including Knox College President Teresa Amott and program director Les Hunter.
Storytelling is key to peacebuilding, and graduates from liberal arts colleges make ideal Peace Corps volunteers because they are well-prepared, says Jody Olsen.
Two-day event spotlights service in Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and KnoxCorps, providing students with "a much more nuanced understanding of the kinds of meaningful work they can perform after graduation."