Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Flora Tano

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Name: Flora Tano
Country of Service: China, 2013-15
Assignment:  Teaching English as a Foreign Language
Recruitment Territory: Chicagoland

When you applied where you did hope to go or hoped to do?
I had no particular preference; however, I assumed that being a native French speaker and from the Ivory Coast would automatically destine me for an African country.  I was wrong. Peace Corps had something else for me. Continue reading “Meet Your Peace Corps Recruiter: Flora Tano”

Naperville resident prepares to depart for Peace Corps service in Tonga

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In his address at North Central College’s 2012 commencement, then-Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams said that for those considering Peace Corps service, a true adventure awaits. His message resonated especially well with graduating senior Cory Schillerstrom, who had a love of foreign cultures instilled in her by her parents, both voracious travelers.

“I grew up with my father, a sailor who spent most of his time working on a tuna boat in the Pacific, telling my brothers and me stories of his travels at sea,” Schillerstrom said. “My mother, a high school and college French teacher, would tell me about and even take me with her to France.”

Soon, Schillerstrom will be on adventure of her own. The Naperville native has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Tonga Sept. 5 to begin training as an English education volunteer. Schillerstrom, 22, will make a difference teaching English to students and helping Tongan teachers develop educational resources. She also hopes to create informal clubs to encourage healthy living practices in her community. Continue reading “Naperville resident prepares to depart for Peace Corps service in Tonga”