Warren Wilson College Catalog 06-07

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Pre-Peace Corps, International, and Non-Governmental Service Preparation

Advisor: Lucy LawrenceDale Roberts

The College's Mission Statement, Triad principle, traditions,- and practices naturally prepare students for work, service, and leadership in the global environment of the 21st century. Students who wish to prepare for international or cross-cultural service work, such as Peace Corps, and/or graduate study can choose to tailor their academic major, service, and work crew experiences to be congruent with these interests and aspirations.

Students may do so by working with academic advisors and professors within the relevant academic majors and departments, taking full advantage of the Triad experience, participating in the Warren Wilson WorldWide program, and consulting with the Director of the Career Resource Center.

The Warren Wilson College undergraduate curriculum clearly lends itself to many different areas of focus for international service, employment, and/or graduate study. Some students may choose to focus in a geographical region, such as Africa, Asia, North America, Latin America, or Eastern Europe. Others may focus on a particular area of endeavor, including the following:

  1. Environment: forestry, environmental education, forestry extension, parks and wildlife
  2. Education: teaching English as a foreign language, secondary education (science and math), elementary education (teacher training)
  3. Community Development: community services, non-governmental organizational development, urban youth-at-risk, small business advising
  4. Agriculture: community extension, animal husbandry, crop extension
  5. Health: health extension, water sanitation
  6. Business: business management, advanced business development
  7. Peace and Social Justice: peace-making, conflict resolution, non-violent social change, and social/environmental justice
  8. International Social Work: puclic health, policy development and analysis, community development and planning, social and environmental advocacy

Warren Wilson College alumni have served with many NGOs (nongovernmental agencies) in the U.S. and abroad, including the Peace Corps, the Mennonite Central Committee, AmeriCorps, the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Green Corps, and Justice Corps. Students and alumni have served in many countries, including Tanzania, Bolivia, Ivory Coast, the Czech Republic, Mali, Indonesia, Thailand, Honduras, and Madagascar. The Career Resource Center can help you find a mentor with appropriate experience to advise you in your quest for meaningful international service, employment and/or graduate studies.

Please note that completion of this program does not guarantee acceptance into Peace Corps or other international or non-governmental agencies. Candidates must complete the appropriate application processes for specific agencies, which may include a medical examination and a security background check.