Peace Corps a Popular Choice for Oregon grads
Since its inception 51 years ago, Peace Corps has sent more than 200,000 American volunteers to pursue development work in more than 130 countries, many of which lack basic home amenities such as electricity and running water.
This year, the state of Oregon moved up one spot to rank third in the nation for Peace Corps volunteers currently serving per capita; the Portland metropolitan area currently ranks 11th amongst cities.
Portland State recently plugged into the trend, and in fall 2010 introduced the Peace Corps Masters International program to campusa unique opportunity to bookend two years of overseas service work with approximately one-year stints as a resident graduate student, culminating in both a masters degree and at least two years of intensive, hands-on experience in the selected field of study. Currently, PSU offers the PCMI program for five graduate programs: teaching English to speakers of other languages, social work, sociology, environmental management and public administration (nonprofit specialization). Other programs are seeking to join, according to Teresa Taylor, the program coordinator for the PCMI.
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