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Eberly alum among first Peace Corps volunteers to return to service overseas


Eberly College alumnus Owen McCaffrey is among the first Peace Corps volunteers to return to overseas service since the agency’s unprecedented global evacuation in March 2020. The Peace Corps suspended global operations and evacuated nearly 7,000 volunteers from more than 60 countries at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.Owen McCaffrey standing outside with water and ferris wheel in the background

McCaffrey graduated in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in political science with an emphasis in international relations, comparative politics and national security and a minor in history. He will serve as a community economic development volunteer in Paraguay.

“I was attracted to the Peace Corps because it combines my love of travel, meeting new people, and working alongside a community. I’m looking forward to learning the culture and history of Paraguay,” said McCaffrey.

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 – and all will engage in COVID-19 response and recovery work.


*Information provided by the Peace Corps.