The Career Center recently recived this blog article submission from employer partner: Peace Corps, discussing defining success.  Interested in learning more about Peace Corp post-Gonzaga?  Join the Peace Corps at any of the following events on Sept. 16-17th:

Info Table
Thursday, September 16
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Crosby Hall

Info Session
Thursday, September 16
3-4:30 p.m.

Crosby Hall: Road to Utopia

Gonzaga Servicefest
Friday, September 17
10 a.m. -2 p.m.

Cataldo Hall

Gonzaga Post Graduate Service Fair
Friday September 17
12-1 p.m.
5-6:30 p.m.

Cataldo Hall

It’s not surprising Gonzaga students make excellent Peace Corps volunteers.

Zags understand the value of service and cross-cultural exchange. Plus, they develop their natural talents into useful technical skills through rigorous coursework.

Success as a Peace Corps volunteer comes in many forms. We value concrete development outcomes like new wells, improved school curriculums and increased crop yields, but success is also sharing your stories with your host community, learning a new language, and adapting and thriving in a different culture. Being a Peace Corps volunteer is a challenging job where volunteers often learn as much as they teach, develop technical skills, and expand their perspectives of the world. Gonzaga alumni make a difference in their Peace Corps assignments, but they also prepare themselves for successful careers when they return to the U.S.

As a Peace Corps Recruiter, I see this in the many students who apply for Peace Corps service every year. But I also saw it in the field when I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia where I had the opportunity to work with Gonzaga alumni. They were teaching farmers sustainable agriculture skills, educating deaf children, and working to give Zambians the skills they needed to improve their own lives. When I returned to the U.S., I jumped at the chance to work with Peace Corps applicants from Gonzaga because I knew of their caliber having witnessed alumni in action as Peace Corps volunteers.

Currently, 19 Gonzaga alumni are serving in the Peace Corps, ranking the university No. 7 in the country among universities its size. Since 1961, 273 Gonzaga alumni have served in the Peace Corps. Washington also has a strong

Peace Corps legacy – historically, it’s the third-highest producing state of Peace Corps volunteers.

The newest bunch of Zags to go overseas includes the university’s first student in the Peace Corps Master’s International (PCMI) program, which combines graduate school with Peace Corps service. Megan McCann will depart for Nicaragua in August for a 27-month education assignment.

McCann, who is earning her master’s in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), will be an English teacher and high school teacher trainer in the Central American country. She’ll also be fulfilling requirements for her Master’s in Teaching English as a Second Language.

While the Peace Corps serves in many sector areas, education is the largest, with approximately one-third of Peace Corps assignments falling into this category. It’s also the area experiencing the most growth with more countries requesting English teachers from the Peace Corps. We’re always looking for dedicated, globally-minded students to fill thousands of volunteer positions.

Gonzaga students who are interested in challenging themselves and continuing the Gonzaga tradition of Peace Corps service can contact me any time to learn more about the many life-defining opportunities available.

Elly Slakie

Regional Recruiter

Peace Corps Volunteer, Zambia 05-07

1601 5th Ave. Suite 605

Seattle, WA 98101