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Adam Willcox, an Agroforestry Extension Agent US Peace Corps Volunteer (’96-’98) in Ebeagwa, Cameroon, working with local farmers to improve soil fertility using organic “green manure.”

UT has been named a Peace Corps Prep Partner School. More than 95 colleges and universities across the country are partner schools.

The Peace Corps Partner School program enhances student’s undergraduate experience by preparing them for international development fieldwork and potential Peace Corps service.

The Peace Corps issues a certificate to students who complete the program, offered through a streamlined model focused on integrating relevant curricular and extracurricular offerings.

Peace Corps Prep students work with the coordinator to map out how they can develop four core competencies—sector-specific technical skills, foreign language proficiency, intercultural competence, and professional savvy and leadership. The competencies students develop during the program give them a competitive edge when applying for Peace Corps service.

Willcox giving a talk in Southwest Province, Cameroon, to farmers about alley cropping.

“My personal Peace Corps volunteer experience in Cameroon was the critical moment that changed my career direction and defines why I am in my position today. With UT now a Peace Corps Prep Partner School, I am looking forward to helping our Tennessee Volunteers prepare themselves to take their Vol-for-life spirit to the world by serving our country abroad to tackle critical global challenges using an impactful grassroots model of empowerment and change,” said UT’s Peace Corps Prep coordinator Adam Willcox.

UT has the only Peace Corps office in the state of Tennessee. Since 1961, more than 540 UT alumni have served in the Peace Corps. Vols have served in Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, North Africa, the Middle East, and the Pacific Islands. Areas of focus have included education, health, environment, community economic development, youth in development, and agriculture.

For more information on the program, contact Adam Willcox.