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CWU Alum Among First Peace Corps Volunteers to Return to Overseas Service

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CWU Alum Andrew McDonald

Central Washington University alumnus Andrew McDonald is among the first group of Peace Corps volunteers to return to service overseas since the nonprofit organization suspended global operations in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. McDonald graduated from CWU in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Geography and Russian Studies, and a minor in International Relations. He will serve in Zambia’s education sector.

“I look forward to gaining international experience while serving in the Peace Corps,” McDonald said in a Peace Corps news release. “I'm excited about learning a new language, profession, and way of life, and I look forward to building relationships with people from Zambia.”

The volunteer cohorts are made up of first-time volunteers and volunteers who were evacuated in early 2020. Upon finishing a three-month training, volunteers will collaborate with their host communities on locally prioritized projects in one of Peace Corps’ six sectors—agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health, or youth in development. All volunteers will engage in COVID-19 response and recovery work.

About the Peace Corps: The Peace Corps is an international service network of volunteers, community members, host country partners and staff who are driven by the agency’s mission of world peace and friendship. At the invitation of governments around the world, Peace Corps volunteers work alongside community members on locally prioritized projects in the areas of education, health, environment, agriculture, community economic development and youth development. Through service, members of the Peace Corps network develop transferable skills and hone intercultural competencies that position them to be the next generation of global leaders. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 240,000 Americans have served in 142 countries worldwide.

Media contact: Rune Torgersen, Department of Public Affairs,, 509-963-1264