October 27, 2004: Headlines: COS - Madagascar: Contra Costa Times: Global allure draws volunteer Tony Quintero to Madagascar

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Global allure draws volunteer Tony Quintero to Madagascar

Global allure draws volunteer  Tony Quintero to Madagascar

Global allure draws volunteer Tony Quintero to Madagascar

Global allure draws volunteer

When Tony Quintero of Richmond was a little boy, he loved to hear the stories his globe-trotting uncle, Alfredo Serrano, told. Serrano used to joke that he might put the child in his suitcase and take him on his journeys.

That may be what has inspired Quintero's love of travel.

The 22-year-old begins his own odyssey Nov. 6, with a 27-month Peace Corps stint in Madagascar. But it's hardly Quintero's first foray off the beaten track.

A 2000 graduate of Richmond High School, Quintero attended Alliant International University in Mexico City and Nairobi, Kenya. He learned about the university while attending a college fair. Alliant offers a cross-cultural view for students working toward degrees in liberal arts, education, business, or behavioral and social sciences.

Quintero learned about the Peace Corps while traveling in France, where he met a volunteer who had just finished her service in Poland and shared stories of her adventures there.

It took more than a year for the corps to complete Quintero's application process -- background search, medical and dental check-ups, skills testing and an interview -- and to get approval from Madagascar.

Because Quintero has worked in hospitals in the past, his job with the Peace Corps will be health educator, teaching HIV/AIDS awareness and condom use, and helping mothers learn how to care for their children.

"I'm looking forward to the experience," Quintero said by phone. "I love to travel, see new things, new cultures."

And he hopes to improve his French, which he studied in high school and college.

Quintero's first stop will be a three-day stay in Philadelphia, where he will meet with others going to Madagascar. They will live for three months with host families in Antananarivo, Madagascar's capital, so they can become fluent in the national languages, French and Malagasy, and learn the culture while receiving their training.

"It's not going to be easy," Quintero said.

For one thing, there is very little chance he will return home during his two-year commitment for a visit with his parents, Ana and Jose Quintero of Richmond, and his younger brother, Andres Serrano.

Still, he feels the chance to stay in a rural village, teaching and living as the locals live, is worth the sacrifice.

"What's two years being gone?" he asked. "I'll meet new people, new friends."

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Story Source: Contra Costa Times

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