Why the Peace Corps?
More than 215,000 volunteers have served 139 countries since the Peace Corps’ inception in 1961. The organization sends Americans abroad to serve in areas of education, health, the environment, economic development, youth development, agriculture and more, to create sustainable change that lives on long after their service.
At Hiram College, our values of service learning, global reach and making a change in the world, are closely aligned with the Peace Corps. For that reason, many alumni have found the Peace Corps to be a natural transition and supplement to the liberal arts education they receive at Hiram.
Aside from the significant accomplishments and contributions volunteers make during their service, benefits of joining the Peace Corps include:
- Public student loans may be eligible for deferment, and Perkins loans may be eligible for cancellation
- Language, cross-cultural and technical training
- Full medical and dental coverage
- Unique graduate school opportunities
- Transition and job support and social networking after services
- Advantages in federal employment
- Development of skills suitable for the global marketplace
Hiram College students who complete the Peace Corps Preparatory Program will receive an enhanced liberal arts education, making them uniquely prepared to serve in the Peace Corps or wherever they choose to leave their footprint.
For more information:
If you are interested in the Peace Corps Preparatory Program at Hiram College, please contact Lisa Safford, director of the Center for Global Interaction:
- Phone: 330-569-5307
The Peace Corps Preparatory Program is designed to prepare students for the Peace Corps. It does not guarantee acceptance, but makes you a more attractive applicant.