Peace Corps

A Message from the Coordinator

60th Anniversary Events Inspire Reflection on Ohio State's Peace Corps Legacy and Future

Reflections on the Peace Corps' programs and policies over the last 60 years, as well as commemoration of Ohio State's contributions to the Peace Corps legacy, were the focus of events in early April.  On April 5th, WOSU's All Sides with Ann Fisher hosted a conversation about global citizenship and other concepts emblematic of the Peace Corps experience that are a part of OSU's internationalization strategies.  Ann spoke with Gil Latz, Vice Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs, and Tim Hornsby, a Program Manager at OIA who served in the Peace Corps in Moldova.  On April 6th, an audience viewed the independant documentary A Towering Task: the Story of the Peace Corps, followed by a discussion with Director Alana DeJoseph, Gil Latz, and Professor Ann O'Connell from the College of Education and Human Ecology.  April 7th brought together returned Peace Corps volunteers from all generations, including many from Peace Corps' first cohorts in India and Colombia, to share their experiences and reflections on past impacts and future directions for the program.  Read more about the events here.   

"The toughest job you'll ever love":  Peace Corps basics and opportunities

Learn about Peace Corps through the experiences of volunteers with connections to Ohio State in this short video.


What Peace Corps Taught Me About Education: Three Returned Volunteers Share Their Experience

Hear from three former Peace Corps Volunteers who served as teachers, and who continue to work in education. Ann O’Connell taught Math in Tanzania 1987-89. She is now a professor and Chair in OSU’s Department of Educational Studies, specializing in quantitative research and evaluation, and very active in international partnerships with several Ethiopian universities. Nicole Nicholson taught ESL in China 2018-2020, and is now a graduate student in the Department of East Asian Languages focusing on Japanese linguistics.  Courtney Gandy served in Zambia 2012-14 in ESL and Rural Development.  She now works at OSU in the Hale Black Cultural Center as a Program Coordinator.  In addition to sharing their Peace Corps work and living experiences, panelists will reflect on differences in educational settings, impacts on their views about education, effect on their careers, and other issues.

Wednesday, February 23rd, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.  


Life in Peace Corps Afghanistan in the Early 70's

Hosted by: CORVA: Central Ohio Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
Sunday, February 20 from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM ET
Grandview Heights Public Library
 - 1685 West First Avenue Columbus, Ohio 43212


Peace Corps Environment Programs: CFAES Faculty share their Volunteer Experiences  

Hear about the Peace Corps experiences of four CFAES faculty in this webinar held on January 20th, 2022. Featured are Matt Hamilton (Paraguay, 2005-2007), Susan Burks (Guatemala 1991-1993), Scott Demyan (Armenia 2006-2008), and Darren Drewry (Mauritania 1996-1998). Panelists reflect on working and living in their communities, and the impacts on those communities as well as on their own lives.        Watch Here

Ohio State University ranks among top volunteer-producing colleges and universities in 2020 

In 2020 there were 62 Buckeyes volunteering in countries around the world.The university held strong at its No. 6 spot from last year’s ranking on the annual list. Consistently ranked in the top 10 for the last eight years, Buckeyes have shown their commitment to helping people in interested countries meet their need for trained men and women. The university is among three Ohio schools on the list this year.  “Everything I have done during the last two and a half years as a volunteer in central Peru has been possible because of the amazing education and opportunities that I received at Ohio State,” said Shelby Crosier, a health education volunteer. Read more