Geneseo's Peace Corps Scrapbook

More than 270 alumni have served in the Peace Corps since it was established in 1961. Faculty members have also been volunteers. We are proud of our tradition to service, and our milestone. In 2016, Peace Corps ranked Geneseo as number 14 in the nation among all medium-sized schools for active volunteers. We are honoring our Peace Corps volunteers with a scrapbook. Read their memories and share your stories with us.

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We're a Peace Corps Top-Producing College Five Years Running

SUNY Geneseo is ranked No. 13 among medium-sized schools on the Peace Corps’ 2019 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. Currently, 22…

Jessica Kroenert '15 in her Senegalese village.
Peace Corps Champions: A Tradition of Service, Excellence

Geneseo is ranked 14th nationwide for alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps. We explore why so many make the leap and the difference they make.

Ray Rizzo '15 with teachers he works with in Nicaragua.
Peace Corps Voices: Ray Rizzo '15, Geneseo's Newest Volunteer

My name is Ray Rizzo and I am a Peace Corps volunteer. This is the first time I have actually said (or typed) that in English! I have the privilege of…

Bethany at the rice fields.
Peace Corps Voices: Bethany Stewart ’03, Becoming Part of the Family in The Gambia

One perspective I gained is to know that it's ok when things don't work out as you planned. You simply use that experience and learn from it. And, perhaps…

Danielle Ellingston '97 in a village in Ghana
Peace Corps Voices: Danielle Ellingston '97, Lessons from Ghana

I learned so much that it's hard to say what the one most valuable lesson was.

Jessica Kroenert '15 in Senegal with her village.
Peace Corps Voices: Planting Seeds for Change in Senegal

When I introduce myself in Senegal, I tell people my name is Mata Dia, the name my host family gave me when I began my Peace Corps service as a Community…

Jane Hogan
Peace Corps Voices: Emerita Jane Hogan, Continued to Help People Realize Their Dreams, At Geneseo

In the Peace Corps, I learned that I can live in another culture, figure out what the key features are, and be resourceful and work within that culture to…

Meara Bowe '15 with Botswanan girls.
Peace Corps Voices: Meara Bowe '15, at the Core, We Are All the Same

The Peace Corps was always on my radar, but it wasn’t until after I took Humanities II in Nicaragua as a junior through Geneseo that it became a very real…

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Peace Corps Voices: Rahama Wright '02, Empowering Women in Africa

The former Peace Corps volunteer created a new business model for a beauty staple that empowers women.