Where in the world?

Where in the world is JMU Peace Corps change?

Where in the world is JMU Peace Corps change?

I’ve learned a few things about James Madison University people who are involved in the American Peace Corps. They meet needs — and they are as enthusiastic and as connected as any group I’ve ever seen. After posting one story about Peace Corps volunteer Angelina Loverde (’11), I heard from April Muniz (’90) about her experience in Senegal. Then April told us about several other JMU volunteers — and followed up by sending information on what they were doing. That led to even more discoveries, including Kelly McCormack (’05) who is a public affairs specialist with the Peace Corps Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Office.  As I dug deeper into the JMU’s many Peace Corps connections, I found more and more stories.

As a result, I’ve been in touch with more JMU Peace Corps alumni and with current and future volunteers. What began as one story quickly snowballed into an avalanche of life changing stories about experiences involving the Peace Corps.

And the stories come from all over the world. Literally.

Curious, I decided to grab a world map and plot all the places that JMU people have served with the Peace Corps. It was a “wow” moment.  The variety of locations is pretty amazing.

Over the next few months, I’ll periodically feature one of our JMU Peace Corps people. And as we do, we’ll populate the map you see here. Follow along to see just where in the world JMU and the Peace Corps is “Being the Change.”

And if those of you located near campus are intrigued and would like to learn more, several upcoming opportunities will let you check out the Peace Corps. Kelly McCormack (’05) will be on campus Mon., Sept. 30, along with recruiter Molly Douglas. They will return several more times throughout the next two months. Below is the fall schedule for the Peace Corps visits to campus and links to the specific event where you can get further information, ask questions, or set up individual appointments.

Mon., Sept. 30, 2013, 12-4 p.m., http://www.peacecorps.gov/meet/events/6325/
Career Conference, Festival Conference and Student Center

Tues., Oct. 1, 2013, 4-5 p.m., Festival Conference and Student Center, Room 3

Tues., Nov. 5, 2013, 12-1 p.m., Festival Conference and Student Center, Allegheny Room

Tues., Nov. 5, 2013, 1-4 p.m., Office hours, Festival Conference and Student Center, Allegheny Room

Thanks to JMU graphic designer Lynda Ramsey for her help in creating this JMU Peace Corps map.
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