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Peace Corps Master's International Program

Known as "the toughest job you'll ever love", the Peace Corps is an experience unlike anything you've ever done. Take a look at these photos of current faculty, staff, and graduate students at the University of Georgia and the Warnell School who served as Peace Corps volunteers:


April Conway (Warnell graduate student); Environmental Education in Niger, West Africa; 2005-2007

About the Program

The Warnell Masters International (WMI) program is focused on preparing the student for the technical and mental challenges they will likely encounter during their Peace Corps experience. The WMI program is offered in conjunction with the Master's of Forest Resources (MFR) and Master's of Natural Resources (MNR) non-thesis degree programs. As part of the 33 hours of course work required for the MFR/MNR degrees, participants of the WMI program will enroll for 1-credit hour of directed study each semester. They will also be expected to initiate the application process to become a Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV).


Paul Duncan (Assistant Director, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute); Agroforestry in Guatemala; 1987-1989

Purpose and Expectations

The purpose of the directed study is to support the student's decision to become a Peace Corps Volunteer. This will be accomplished using experiential and collaborative methods. Each semester, the student will be connected with Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) in the Athens area to talk their PC service. This will provide the student the opportunity to vicariously live the life of a volunteer and learn from the experiences of others. They will collaborate with the UGA Campus PC Recruiter to organize and participate in recruiting sessions in the Athens area. The student will also complete selected readings from A Life Inspired, Tales of Peace Corps Service, a collection of stories written by PCVs about their service. The student will then be expected to submit a short narrative that expresses their own thoughts and ideas about becoming a PCV. They will travel to the Regional Peace Corps Office in Atlanta to meet with the Regional Manager and staff. The goal of visiting the Regional Office is expose the student to the nomination process, and to learn more about the Peace Corps as an organization and program.


Todd Rasmussen, PhD. (Warnell faculty); Watershed Technician volunteer in Honduras 1976-1979

Contact

Kris M. Irwin
706-542-7412
kirwin@uga.edu


Kris M. Irwin (Warnell faculty); Agroforestry volunteer in the Philippines 1985-1987

Other MI Programs

College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences MI Program:
http://www.global.uga.edu/students/PeaceCorp.html
National PC MI program:
http://www.peacecorps.gov/masters