Memphis Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Tonga

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Name: Thomas Ercoli

City: Memphis, Tennessee

Major: Education

School:University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa

Thomas Ercoli, 21, of Memphis, Tennessee, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Tonga on August 29 to begin training as an English literacy volunteer. Ercoli will live and work in a community to improve English education techniques.

“I was attracted to the Peace Corps because I want to make a difference in the world,” Ercoli said. “I plan to use Peace Corps to launch a life of serving the world through education.” Continue reading “Memphis Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Tonga”

Kennett, Mo., native begins Peace Corps service in Tonga

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Katie Briscoe, 23, of Kennett, Mo., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Tonga Aug. 31 to begin training as a primary education teacher trainer volunteer. Briscoe will live and work at the community level to help build the capacities of primary school staff to adopt participatory, student-centered practices that integrate English skills into other subjects and co-teach using these teaching methods. She will also work with parents and the community to strengthen support for literacy education and increase access to literacy development opportunities for older youth and adults.

“I have spent a lot of my time as a youth volunteering what little skills I did have through youth group mission trips led by my mother,” Briscoe. “That drive to offer up what skills I possess to help others, as well as a desire to explore more of the world, led me to apply to be a teacher through the Peace Corps.” Continue reading “Kennett, Mo., native begins Peace Corps service in Tonga”

Case Western Reserve University returns to Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings

Peace Corps volunteer  and CWRU alum Kevin Russell makes a difference as an education volunteer in Tonga.
Peace Corps volunteer and CWRU alum Kevin Russell makes a difference as an education volunteer in Tonga.

CHICAGO – After a one-year absence, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) makes a big reappearance on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing small colleges and universities across the country. CWRU ranks No. 14 with 10 alumni currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers.

Since the agency was created in 1961, 181 CWRU graduates have served as Peace Corps volunteers. Continue reading “Case Western Reserve University returns to Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings”

Liberty, Mo., native ready to teach, be taught in Peace Corps

Bollinger_Tonga_9.3.2014Bailey Bollinger, 22, of Liberty, Mo., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Tonga Sept. 5 to begin training as a primary education volunteer. Bollinger will live and work at the community level to make a difference providing formal and informal training and support to elementary school teachers and occasionally teaching classes.

“During my sophomore year of college, I attended a service learning conference and was able to connect with a Peace Corps recruiter. She told me all about her time in the Peace Corps and the great experiences she had,” Bollinger said. “Ever since that April day, my eyes have been set on being a Peace Corps volunteer. I have a great desire to help people, to spread love, educate children and make the world a better place.” Continue reading “Liberty, Mo., native ready to teach, be taught in Peace Corps”

Helenville, Wis., resident begins Peace Corps service in Tonga

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Katelyn Lange, 25, of Helenville, Wis., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Tonga Sept. 3 to begin training as an education volunteer. Lange will make a difference teaching English to primary students, in addition to working on after-school projects and helping teachers introduce new classroom methodologies.

“The Peace Corps offers the opportunity to travel to another country and integrate into a community,” Lange said. “You get to learn a language, participate in local customs, and meet amazing people, all while working towards the betterment of the global community.” Continue reading “Helenville, Wis., resident begins Peace Corps service in Tonga”

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”