UVM Volunteers recognized for community service

When people think of Vermont they think of maple syrup and skiing, but they may not know the state is nationally ranked for volunteer service. Vermont was named the 2009 Peace Corps top state for volunteers per capita and UVM was recently ranked as a 2010 Peace Corps top college, according to a Peace Corps New England Regional Office media advisory.”[UVM was] ranked number 13 out of all medium-sized universities across the entire United States,” Goldstein said.The Peace Corps Headquarters ranked all schools or universities of that size based on their output of Peace Corps volunteers, Goldstein said. Goldstein said she took on the position of Peace Corps Representative at UVM this past month, working largely as a recruiter for the Peace Corps for UVM and the colleges in the surrounding area.”I have planned information sessions and panel discussions so that people can come and hear what the Peace Corps is — the work that is involved, what the volunteers are like and the application process” she said.The population at UVM is well-suited to get involved in the Peace Corps, Goldstein said.”There is certainly an interest in service, and in travel, and an adventuresome spirit among a lot of students,” she said.Former Peace Corps volunteer Patrick Gaetjens said that his time spent teaching English in Romania was an interesting experience and that the Peace Corps is a great way to take two years off and figure things out for yourself.