April 20, 1998: Headlines: COS - Guinea-Bissau: Bridgewater State College: Jennifer Carlino: Aiding Residents in Guinea-Bissau

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Jennifer Carlino: Aiding Residents in Guinea-Bissau

Jennifer Carlino: Aiding Residents in Guinea-Bissau

Jennifer Carlino: Aiding Residents in Guinea-Bissau

Jennifer Carlino: Aiding Residents in West Africa
by Linda Balzotti

Caption: Jennifer Carlino, right, with residents of Medina in Guinea-Bissau.

Jennifer Carlino, a 1994 graduate of Bridgewater State College with a degree in geography, recently completed her term as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea-Bissau, a country in West Africa.

During her time in Africa, Jennifer was visited by Dr. Reed Stewart, chairman of the Earth Sciences and Geography Department. “I was greatly impressed with Jennifer’s work in the rice growing-village of Medina,” says Dr. Stewart. Jennifer and her fellow colleagues from the United States were aiding the local residents in areas of education, agriculture, public health, and teacher training.

Specifically, Jennifer established herself as a gardener in a rice-growing community, learned to speak fluent Fula and Kriolu, assisted the residents in purchasing thousands of dollars worth of medical supplies, and supported the work of the local midwife. Having spent eleven years teaching in East and West Africa, Dr. Stewart was quite impressed by what he witnessed on his visit. “Everybody knows, trusts, and likes the Peace Corps volunteers. They work very hard, under difficult circumstances, away from the comforts we take for granted.”

Various countries have aid organizations that provide assistance to areas such as Guinea-Bissau, but when you see someone you know performing a much needed service it is difficult not to be a little biased. “I am proud of the work that our Peace Corps volunteers are doing, particularly that of Jennifer Carlino,” concludes Dr. Stewart. Ms. Carlino returned home from her two year stay in Africa in September of 1997. “It was difficult to say good-bye to my host family. It was the opportunity of a lifetime and I would definitely do it all again,” notes Jennifer. She will soon embark on a new career, having recently been hired by the Billerica Conservation Commission.

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