Published: March 5, 2013

Thinking about joining the Peace Corps? Learn about the experience from Peace Corps volunteers who have served all over the world, during the Peace Corps Palooza on Monday, March 11, at 6 p.m. in the UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom. The event will include round table discussions, snacks, information sessions and a keynote speech from Ryan Van Duzer, a CU-Boulder and Peace Corps alumnus who served in Honduras.

After finishing his service in Honduras, Van Duzer rode his bike home from Honduras to Colorado. He works as a Bike Advocate and also as a TV Host/Presenter. He has produced and hosted over 70 videos for the Travel Channel and also worked with NPR, National Geographic and the History Channel.

"The Peace Corps offers graduates a chance to travel abroad -- expenses paid --  and work at the grass root level in all types of communities," said Cedar Wolf, director of the Peace Corps recruiting office. "If this sounds good to you, definitely come to the Palooza and learn more."

Students will have the opportunity to talk with Peace Corps volunteers who have served in locations across the globe, including Guinea, Senegal, Swaziland, Ecuador, Ghana, Togo, Nepal, South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania, Nicaragua, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Thailand, Mali and the Philippines.

CU-Boulder ranked No. 4 nationally in 2013 for graduates serving in the Peace Corps with 93 alumni posted in 43 countries. For a decade, CU-Boulder has been in the top four as a volunteer-producing school. CU-Boulder's overall Peace Corps participation is ranked the fifth highest of all time with 2,353 alumni having served since 1961.

Schedule of Events:
5:45-6:00 Doors Open
6:00-6:05 Event Begins
6:05-6:20 Dance Performance by Dance of the Heart
6:20-6:30 Cedar Wolf, "The Peace Corps Legacy"
6:30-6:40 Ryan Van Duzer, RPCV Honduras
6:40-6:50 Dance of the Heart Closing Performance
6:50-8:00 Peace Corps Open House - RPCV & Student Round Table Discussions; Students Invited to Visit Info Booths and Display Table

Several other student and community organizations will also be represented at Palooza, including AmeriCorps, Intercambio, Volunteer Resource Center, Cross-Cultural Solutions, Study Abroad, Engineers without Borders, Peace Corps Master's International and Empower Women in Africa.

For more information visit Visit the CU-Boulder Peace Corps event page on Facebook.