Peace Corps Volunteer Elyse Callahan in Africa.

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Peace Corps Preparatory Program


Robin Ragan

Associate Professor of Modern Languages (Spanish), and Director, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Peace Corps Top CollegesKnox is the pilot site -- and the first college or university in the country -- with an official Peace Corps Preparatory Program. The program features a curriculum designed to prepare students to serve in the Peace Corps or other international service programs. Although participation in Peace Corps Prep doesn't guarantee that applicants will be accepted as volunteers, the specialized curriculum and experience should make them strong candidates.

The Peace Corps Preparatory Program includes:

  • Coursework in international studies, education, and foreign language
  • Opportunities for community service
  • The option to study abroad
  • The experience needed to become a strong candidate for the Peace Corps

More than 180 Knox alumni have served in the Peace Corps, and currently Knox has 15 alumni in the field. The high percentage of Knox alumni serving in the Peace Corps was among the criteria used by Washington Monthly when it recently recognized Knox as one of the nation's top 25 liberal arts colleges. Most recently, the Peace Corps ranked Knox #10 on their list of the nation's top volunteer-producing colleges.

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*The blue markers represent the Peace Corps alumni who are currently in the field.
*The green markers represent Peace Corps alumni who have served in the Peace Corps, and since returned home.

Every year, Knox sponsors a conference on public service called "Work That Matters: Engaging the World After Knox." The event includes panel discussions with alumni and students serving in the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and KnoxCorps. This event honors these volunteers and alumni, as well as connects students, faculty, staff, and community members with the insights they have from peacebuilding service all over the world. Read more about the 2014 event.

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