Program Helps Students Fulfill Global Ambitions

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Feb. 8, 2018
When senior Danielle Edmonds heard that The University of Texas at Dallas would be launching a Peace Corps Prep Program, she checked out the website and browsed volunteer opportunities around the globe. She fell in love with the idea of working with youths in Peru.Siva Paladugu (left) and Danielle Edmonds joined the Peace Corps Prep Program at UT Dallas.Edmonds decided to sign up for the University’s program, which begins this spring. She also met an early deadline to apply for a Peace Corps position and took a recruiter’s advice to submit an open application, saying she’d be willing to serve wherever most needed.Edmonds, who is expected to graduate in May with an international political economy degree from the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, has now been selected as a Peace Corps volunteer and will head to the Dominican Republic in August as a Spanish literacy promoter.“It’s not quite what I’d planned, but it may be even better,” she said. “I’ll be making sure elementary children are reading at grade level. It’s such a vital skill to have. Everything is built on that.”Open to All UndergraduatesThe prep program is designed to better equip students like Edmonds to serve as volunteers. However, it is not limited to students interested in the Peace Corps. Any undergraduate who is interested in an international career can apply, said Leticia Zamarripa, interim senior director of the University’s International Center.“The Peace Corps Prep Program will help students to develop specific skills and experience to be better prepared for the intercultural immersion experience serving as Peace Corps volunteers or to work in any other global setting,” Zamarripa said.Peace Corps Prep ProgramThe program is open to undergraduates from any major in good standing. Upcoming information sessions will be …

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