Congratulations to all the schools that produced the most Peace Corps Volunteers in 2012!
Peace Corps Volunteer Tackles a Sensitive Women’s Health Problem in Uganda
When Stacey Frankenstein-Markon discovered that girls in Uganda often used rags, old socks or wads of newspapers to do the job of sanitary napkins, she was shocked. She was even more horrified to realize that purchasing commercial pads was an impossible dream for most of them, since they come from families of subsistence farmers making about $1 a day in disposable income.
“Disposable pads cost $1 for an 8-pack,” says the 25-year-old Peace Corps Volunteer, who with her husband, Tony Markon, is serving in Uganda as part of Michigan Technological University’s Peace Corps Master’s International (PCMI) program in applied science education. “If a family has three daughters who need pads, that family would have to spend 20 percent of their income just on menstrual pads. Who can afford to do that?”
The pad problem also was leading girls to stay away from school, fearing that they might stain their clothes and be badgered by boys, Frankenstein-Markon said. Eventually, they fall so far behind that they have to drop out.
But thanks to the inventiveness of another Peace Corps Volunteer who had served in the eastern Ugandan region just before the Markons got there in 2010, the Michigan Tech student has been able to help hundreds of girls practice better hygiene while they learn about menstruation, their bodies and women’s health. And not incidentally, stay in school.
The University of Colorado Boulder, The George Washington University, and the University of Mary Washington lead our 2012 rankings of the top Peace Corps Volunteer producing colleges and universities. Each of the universities held the premier ranking for the large, medium, and small in 2011.
Director Williams announced the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities at the University of Colorado Boulder, which outpaced other large universities with 112 undergraduate alumni currently serving as Peace Corps Volunteers overseas. In the medium school category, The George Washington University ranks number one for the fourth consecutive year, with 78 undergraduate alumni serving overseas. And, for the second year in a row, the University of Mary Washington topped the small school category, with 29 undergraduate alumni currently serving as Volunteers.
The University of Florida holds the top spot in the graduate school category this year with 30 currently serving Volunteers holding master’s degrees from the school. It was in second place last year. Historically, the University of California, Berkeley maintains the number one all-time rank, with 3,497 Peace Corps Volunteer alumni.
We’ve only been on Tumblr for a short while but graduate school has already become one of our hottest topics! For those of you who are trying to decide between applying for Peace Corps service OR grad school, check out our Master’s International program that allows you to integrate a master’s degree with overseas service in a variety of fields.
I’ve been looking into this a lot lately…thinking about holding off on grad school for a few years.
We actually offer the opportunity to do both through our Master’s International program.
i can go to grad school.
but, i’ve been dabbling with the idea of the Peace Corps for the past few months. its been in the back of my head, kind of nagging me to look into it. every since Tyler, one of my greatest friends, left for Tanzania…
can i handle something like that?
i almost think i’m too selfish.
but, the experience. would be unbelievable.
There are opportunities to do both at the same time through our Master’s International program. Let us know if you have questions!