Peace Corps

As the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps Volunteers work at the grassroots level toward sustainable change that lives on long after their service—at the same time becoming global citizens and serving their country. When they return home, Volunteers bring their knowledge and experiences—and a global outlook—that enriches the lives of those around them.

The Peace Corps mission is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals: 

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained Volunteers.
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans. 

Make the Most of Your World

There are opportunities for Peace Corps Volunteers to serve in over 60 countries living, learning and working with a community overseas for 27 months in the following program areas: 

  • Agriculture
  • Community Economic Development
  • Education 
  • Environment
  • Health 
  • Youth in Development

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Since 1961, approximately 260 Grand Valley State University alumni have served as Peace Corps Volunteers. Currently, GVSU has about 32 former students serving in the Peace Corps in countries across the world. 

Grand Valley State's Peace Corps Campus Recruiter serves as a resource for students and community members interested in volunteering in the Peace Corps. Carissa Patrone is available to answer any questions and to help you through the application process. Contact her directly by phone or email. 

Carissa Patrone

Carissa served as an education volunteer in Nicaragua from 2013-2015.


Carissa Patrone
Peace Corps Campus Recruiter 
Padnos International Center 
130 Lake Ontario Hall
Allendale, MI 49401
(616) 331.3898 (Office)



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