Serving in the Peace Corps has become a tradition in the Williams family. Anna Williams, 25, is now the second generation to make her foray into Peace Corps service. Her parents, Bill and Donna, were Volunteers in Tunisia from 1975 to 1977.
“My parents are very supportive, but then again they put their parents through the same kind of stress!” said Anna, who left to begin her service in Togo as an Education Volunteer in June. “They gained a lot from their PC experience, but the biggest thing is probably my sister who was born on the 4th of July at the end of their service!”
Anna was raised in Ridgewood, N.J. and attended Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Mich., where she earned a bachelor’s degree in 2010. For the next 27 months of her life, Anna will live and work in a community in Togo to encourage critical thinking in the classroom, and integrate issues like health education and environmental awareness into English classes.
While serving in Peace Corps has been a dream of hers since her junior year of high school, Anna credits her volunteer experiences with Girls Scouts and studying abroad in Dakar, Senegal with helping her prepare for service the most.
Anna joins 88 Volunteers currently on the ground in Togo, working in the areas of education, environment, health, business, and information technology. Volunteers primarily conduct their projects in French, but they are also trained in several different local languages. Globe trotter Anna is looking forward to becoming one of them.
“While I love to travel, I don’t really care for rushing from place to place. I’ve been very fortunate to be able to live in new countries and appreciate them from a perspective different from that of a tourist. I’ll certainly still be an outsider, but I’m glad to get a deeper understanding of Togo, particularly by learning a local language.”
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