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Post-Grad Service Fest & Fair – Wednesday 9/19

SERVICE SERVICE SERVICE…  It’s the Gonzaga way…

Interested in learning about volunteer opportunities in the Spokane community?

Attend Service Fest!

Wednesday, September 19th

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Globe Room of Cataldo Hall

Over 50 local non-profit agencies and programs will be represented!



Interested in Post-Graduate Service work?

Attend the Post Grad Service Fair!

Wednesday, September 19th

5:00-6:30 p.m.

Globe Room of Cataldo Hall

This event welcomes representatives from the organizations listed below.  Learn about opportunities and connect with program representatives.

  • Teach for America
  • Jesuit Volunteer Corps
  • International Partnership for Service-Learning
  • Peace Corps
  • PACE
  • AmeriCorps
  • Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education (PACE)
  • PLACE Corps – LMU
  • Heart’s Home
  • Lutheran Volunteer Corps
  • Rostro de Christo
  • Marynoll Lay Missioners
  • Gonzaga PCMI

We hope to see you there!  Brownies and other delicious treats provided, too!

FREE PIZZA! Mon. 9/17 @ Noon “Post-Grad Service Preparation”

Attention Gonzaga Students!

If you are interested in Post Graduate Service or just want to learn more about opportunities to serve after graduation, please attend the Post Grad Service Fair!

WHAT:  Post-Grad Service Fair

DATE:  Wednesday, September 19th

TIME:  5:00-6:30 pm

LOCATION:  Globe Room of Cataldo Hall

This event welcomes representatives from programs such as Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education (PACE), Lutheran Volunteer Corps and more.  Learn about opportunities and connect with program representatives.  Brownies and other delicious treats provided, too!

AND… if you plan to attend Wednesday’s event, please also attend the Career Center’s Post Grad Service Fair prep event.  Polish your resume, learn how to create an elevator pitch, and find out ways to stand out to recruiters!



Monday, September 17th at Noon!

Road to Bali Conference Room

(2nd Floor of Crosby)

RSVP through

Free Pizza will be provided!!

Peace Corps Info for Gonzaga Juniors

Dear Gonzaga Students,

Thinking about launching an international career when you graduate next year? Consider the benefits of doing so with the Peace Corps.

As a Peace Corps volunteer, you will live and work abroad, learn a new language, receive a living stipend with medical benefits, and possibly qualify for student loan deferment, among other advantages. For more information about Peace Corps service, visit

Get Started Now – With summer approaching, now is the perfect time to use your summer internship, job or volunteer experience to help you qualify for a Peace Corps assignment. The following are some specific examples of skills – that when combined with a bachelor’s degree – will qualify you for high-demand Peace Corps programs:

  • English Teaching – Three to six months of English or foreign language teaching or tutoring (minimum 30 hours total) in a structured program that provides training. Student(s) must be in middle school, high school or adults.
  • Health Extension – Three to six months volunteer or work experience (minimum 30 hours total) in a health-related field such as AIDS outreach, sex education, contraception or family planning counseling, or hospital/clinic/hospice work.
  • Agriculture and Forestry Extension – Three to six months of full-time experience in large-scale (quarter acre or greater) commercial or family-run business that includes farming, nursery work, tree planting, tree care, urban forestry, livestock care, or fish cultivation.
  • Spanish and French – One year of college-level Spanish or French will open the door to additional assignments.

Connect With Us – Attend an online Information Session Webinar.   Or feel free to contact me at 206-239-6624 (Toll-free: 1-800-424-8580, press 1) or to discuss the opportunities available with the Peace Corps.

When to Apply – The Peace Corps application process takes approximately 9-12 months, so be sure to plan ahead, and apply approximately one year from when you want to depart overseas! Start your application now, by visiting:!


Erin Erickson

Regional Representative

Returned Volunteer, Moldova’07-’10

Master’s Internationalist (PCMI)- M.A. in Intercultural Service, Leadership & Management

Peace Corps Northwest Regional Office

1601 Fifth Avenue, Suite 605 • Seattle, WA 98101

Direct 206.239.6624 • Office 206.553.5490 • Toll-free 1.800.424.8580, option 1

Fax 206.553.2343 •

Peace Corps Info Session at Gonzaga! Wednesday 4/18

Peace Corps Visits Spokane: Apply Now to be overseas in May, June, July of 2013!

Since 1961, the Peace Corps has shared with the world America’s most precious resource – its people. Volunteers serve in over 70 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, the Pacific Islands and the Middle East. Peace Corps Volunteers live, learn, and work with a community overseas for 27 months, providing technical assistance in six program areas: education, youth and community development, health, business and information and communications technology, agriculture, and environment.

Peace Corps service is the opportunity of a lifetime and a great way to get two years of international experience under your belt upon graduation. Come learn about volunteer experiences, have your questions answered, and gain tips to guide you through the application process.

Tuesday, April 17
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
– Info Table @ Washington Educators’ Career Fair
Spokane Convention Center (334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd, downtown Spokane)

6 to 7:30 p.m.Peace Corps & Teach for America Joint Info Session
Auntie’s Book Store (402 W. Main Avenue, downtown Spokane)
* RSVP on Facebook *


Wednesday, April 18
5 to 6:30 p.m.Info Session + Application Tips
Crosby Student Center – Road to Bali Room @ Gonzaga University
* RSVP on Facebook *

Unable to attend? Watch an Information Session Webinar on-demand! Read more about the benefits of Peace Corps service and how you can become a more qualified applicant. Or contact Gonzaga’s Peace Corps Representative, Erin Erickson at or call 206-239-6624 (Toll-free 1-800-424-8580, press Opt 1).

Interested in reading about Zag Alumnus serving in the Peace Corps? Visit: NextPCVsyou could be next!


The application process takes approximately 12 months so plan ahead, or APPLY NOW to begin your life-defining experience in May, June, July of 2013!

A Peace Corps Recruiter Discusses Success…

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