A stint in the Peace Corps can help shape a career path at nonprofits, according to a new survey of the organization’s alumni.
Sixty percent of all returning Peace Corps volunteers say their service abroad influenced their choice of career.
Other key findings:
• About 58 percent said they volunteer “a great deal” in their local communities; 45 percent said they raise money or other resources to help people abroad.
• Recent alumni are more likely to be women than men, a shift from the early years. In the 1960s, 65 percent of corps members were men; in the 2000s, 66 percent were women.
• More alumni from the past decade were minorities than in the 1960s: 14 percent in the 2000s compared with 9 percent in the agency’s first decade. Currently 17 percent of corps members serving overseas are nonwhite.
See the full report, “A Call to Peace: Perspectives of Volunteers on the Peace Corps at 50.”