Peace Corps Announces New Peace Corps Readiness Program at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
The Peace Corps today announced the launch of Peace Corps Prep, an undergraduate certificate program, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Scheduled to start in spring 2022, the program will combine focused classes with hands-on experience, building the skills needed for students to be Peace Corps volunteers or other intercultural workers in the field. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is one of 11 new university partnerships.
“Today’s students understand the immense challenges of our time and are strong advocates for change,” said Carol Spahn, Acting Director of the Peace Corps. “Through the Peace Corps Prep program at UWM, students can develop the transferable skills needed to influence change, advance global equity, and be an effective Peace Corps volunteer.”
Peace Corps Prep is an interdisciplinary certificate program at UWM open to all undergraduate students. Along with other experiential learning opportunities at UWM, it is hosted by their Center for Community Learning, Leadership and Research and administered by the Global and International Studies program.
“Peace Corps Prep is an opportunity for undergraduates to develop skills that will strengthen their aspirations to serve abroad,” said La’Teashia Sykes, director of academic programs for the Peace Corps. “. We are delighted to work together to spark student interest in Peace Corps service.
Peace Corps works with more than 150 partner institutions nationwide to deliver programming that emphasizes a commitment to global citizenship, intercultural skills and a sense of service among students. Despite the global evacuation of all Peace Corps volunteers in March 2020 due to COVID-19, more than 700 undergraduates completed the Peace Corps Prep program during the 2020-2021 academic year.
“As a Peace Corps Returning Volunteer (Poland 1996-1998), I am delighted to serve as the Peace Corps Readiness Coordinator for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Connecting our vibrant and diverse student body to the opportunities offered by the Peace Corps Prep program will help prepare UWM students for a complex and multicultural life in the 21st century; through foreign language studies, internships and study abroad experiences, and a rich selection of internationally oriented courses designed to cultivate global-minded problem solutions, ”said Christine A. Wolf , Deputy Director of Global and International Studies at UWM.
“Cultivating these skills is essential for those interested in scholarships and globally oriented careers. The Peace Crops Prep program provides a framework in which to pursue this path, while helping students become more competitive for the Peace Crops service at the same time, ”added Wolf.
Interested students can find additional information about the Peace Corps Prep program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, by contacting: Christine A. Wolf at [email protected]
About the Peace Corps:
The Peace Corps sends Americans who are passionate about serving overseas on behalf of the United States to work with communities and create lasting change. Volunteers develop sustainable solutions to meet challenges in education, health, community economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. Through their Peace Corps experience, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and lifelong commitment to service that positions them for success in today’s global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 240,000 Americans of all ages have served in 142 countries around the world. For more information, visit peacecorps.gov and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.