Peace Corps

GAINESVILLE, FL 12/04/2014 - The University of Florida International Center (UFIC) is pleased to announce Bobbi Stienmetz as the new University of Florida (UF) Peace Corps campus-based recruiter.  Mrs. Stienmetz is a counselor by training and worked extensively with youth in Costa Rica where she served as a Peace Corps volunteer from 2006-2008. She joins the UFIC team in an effort to continue advancing the global competency of UF campus. Her priority is to promote and strengthen Peace Corps recruitment at UF through outreach to students, faculty and staff.

The return of a campus-based Peace Corps Recruitment Office to the University of Florida was announced in September when UF was awarded a contract to fund this office, which renews UF’s deep connections with the Peace Corps. Since the 1960s, UF has played an important role in contributing outstanding individuals to Peace Corps. More than 1,200 UF alumni have served as Peace Corps Volunteers. “With a total of 85 UF graduates currently serving in various parts of the world, we expect to continue our strong performance and concerted effort to contribute volunteers in specialized skill areas such as Agriculture, Environment, Education, and French and Spanish language skills,” said Dr. Leonardo Villalón, Dean of the UF International Center.

Stienmetz will also provide support to the UF Master’s International (MI) Program in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and utilize the returned Peace Corps volunteers network to inform both the academic community and the general public about Peace Corps volunteer service opportunities and benefits. “My goal is to visit every nook and cranny of the campus by presenting to classes, participating in campus events, meeting with student organizations, and mentoring those who may be already excited about Peace Corps service,” said Stienmetz. UF Faculty is encouraged to contact Stienmetz and set up classroom visits now for the spring semester.


  • Girl Rising Documentary screening 
    Thursday February 12th, 2015 from 3pm to 5pm, Large Conference Room in the International Center, HUB
    Social Impact Week event
    From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls’ remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice. 
  • Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Panel
    Thursday, February 19th, 2015 at 4pm, Large Conference room in the International Center, HUB
    Hear stories from returned volunteers about their experience abroad.  What was training like?  What sorts of projects they did?  Did they feel safe?  What was it like living with a host family?  How Peace Corps service influenced their career goals?  Think of what questions you may have.

    After the panel, starting at 5:30pm join local RPCVs for Happy Hour at local brewery First Magnitude Brewing Company.  First Magnitude typically has a food truck on-site or you can bring your own food. It's also a family-friendly brewery (with a life-size Jenga set). Look for a RPCV sign when you arrive!  

  • Monday, Feb 23  5:10-6 pm Possible Futures in International Careers Panel Discussion at CRC
  • Feb. 24th 12:00 p.m. – 1-:00 p.m. Lunch with a current PC Volunteer.  Bring your lunch to the International Center’s Large Conference room and meet and chat live with Breton, a Gainesville native and current PCV from Paraguay.  He is spending part of his vacation here at UF so please take advantage of his amazing offer to share stories and answer your questions about Peace Corps service. 

  • Tuesday, Feb 24 4:05-5:30pm  Possible Futures in Government Panel Discussion at CRC
  • March 1-7th Peace Corps Week
  • Wednesday, March 25  Application Workshop at 3pm, Large Conference Room in the International center, HUB
    Students will hear a brief overview of PC, learn how to be more competitive for Peace Corps service, and walk through the new and improved online application.  Application deadline for Peace Corps programs departing this fall is April 1st.    Seniors, as graduation approaches, come see if Peace Corps service could be the opportunity you’ve been looking for.
  • Tuesday April 7  1pm Info session, Working with Peace Corps in the Education Sector
  • Thursday April 9  5-6:30pm Possible Futures in Environment Panel Discussion at CRC
  • Sunday April 19th from 11-2pm Bon Voyage celebration at Lake Wauberg, potluck picnic for invitees, returned PC volunteers, PC family & friends. 
  • Wed. April 22 4pm Info session, Peace Corps celebrates Earth Day: learn about opportunities for Environmental work within PC, hear about projects that volunteers have implemented to conserve, reuse, and recycle in their communities. 

Contact Info:

Bobbi Stienmetz
University of Florida Campus Peace Corps Recruiter

(352) 294-2267
UF International Center
1765 Stadium Road, Suite 170 – HUB
Office hours: Tuesdays 10am-12pm & by appointment
Note: Office hours next week Feb. 3rd are cancelled.  Bobbi Stienmetz will be at the Career Showcase if students want to locate her there. 

For more info:
FB: Peace Corps at the University of Florida
Twitter: @UFPeaceCorps

Meet Gainesville Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

Click on the interactive Google Map below to view more information on where current Gainesville Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) have served.