Richfield, Wis., native begins Peace Corps service in Uganda

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George Petrilli, 22, of Richfield, Wis., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Uganda on Nov. 7 to begin training as a literacy specialist volunteer. Petrilli will live and work at the community level to improve teaching practices in primary schools. He will also work with the local schools to promote positive behavior and alternative disciplinary systems and spearhead reading intervention programs.

“I joined the Peace Corps because I want to have a more global perspective,”Petrilli said. “I’m trying to be a citizen of the world and it’s hard to do that if I never leave my country. Actually living and working somewhere is a much more meaningful experience for cross-cultural exchange than just being a backpacker passing through.” Continue reading “Richfield, Wis., native begins Peace Corps service in Uganda”

Davenport, Iowa, resident begins Peace Corps service in Jamaica

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Thomas Davis, 26, of Davenport, Iowa, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Jamaica March 12 to begin training as a youth literacy and special needs volunteer. Davis will make a difference educating youth on literacy and numeracy while assisting those with special needs.

Inspired by his father, who served in the Navy, Davis said he wanted to serve in the Peace Corps to help people on a large scale while representing his country.

“I feel that my talents and skills have always been molded knowing that one day, I might be accepted into the Peace Corps,” he said. “It finally hit me that it was time to apply.”

Davis is the son of Jacque and Rick Schwanz and Larry Davis and a 2005 graduate of Bettendorf High School in Bettendorf, Iowa. He graduated from Iowa State University in Ames with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and psychology in 2009.  Continue reading “Davenport, Iowa, resident begins Peace Corps service in Jamaica”