Allegra K. Troiano

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Allegra K. Troiano
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Country Senegal
Years: 1980-1982
Site(s) Oussouye
Region(s) Basse Casamance
Program(s) Education
Assignment(s) English Teacherwarning.png"English Teacher" is not in the list of possible values (Agroforestry, Sustainable Agricultural Science, Farm Management and Agribusiness, Animal Husbandry, Municipal Development, Small Business Development, NGO Development, Urban and Regional Planning, Primary Teacher/Training, Secondary Teacher/Training, Math/Science Teacher/Training, Special Education/Training, Deaf/Education, Vocational Teacher/Training, University Teacher/Training, English Teacher/Training (TEFL), Environmental Education, National Park Management, Dry Land Natural Resource Conservation, Fisheries Fresh, Ecotourism Development, Coastal /Fisheries Resource Management, Public Health Education, AIDS Awareness, Information Technology, Skilled Trades, Water and Sanitation Resources Engineering, Housing Construction Development, Youth, Other) for this property.
Allegra Troiano started in Senegal 1980
Tom Graham, Allegra K. Troiano
Region: Basse Casamance
Allegra K. Troiano
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David Campbell, Janet Ghattas, Tom Graham, Paula Hirschoff, Allegra K. Troiano, Terry Allen
Other Volunteers who served in Senegal
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Margaret Basket, Richard Boucher, Claire Brittain, John Brown, David Campbell, Christine Carmouze, Jenna Dillon, Brian Edens, Janet Ghattas, Tom Graham, John T. Hand, Christopher Hedrick, Paula Hirschoff, Wilburn Johnson, Chuck Ludlam … further results
Projects in Senegal
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Dindefelo Summer Camp, Girls' Summer Camp, Health Association Capacity Building, Health Hut Construction, Irrigation Initiative, Latrine Construction, Latrine Construction in Senegal, Seed Storage Facility, Senegalese Girls Bike Tour (Tour des Filles), Sirmang Community Garden Project, Well Construction
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Allegra Toriano is also known as aka Salimata Sané. She was a TEFL Teacher in the C.E.G. (high school) of Oussouye. Her main job was teaching English to 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year high school students. In addition, she hosted an English Language Club in school where students met informally once a week to discuss whatever they wanted in English. She was the 1st and last American to teach in this school. In her first year classes, she had 60 students in a class that was meant for 30. As a secondary project, she built 'ban ak suf' (Guatemalan Mud Stoves) and hung out with other teachers or with her Senegalese family.

During her 4th trip back to Oussouye in 2004, she ran into two of her favorite students who recounted many of the fun times they had together. Besides doing regular English work, she did skits, played games, sang songs, and told stories.

One of the highlights of her stay in Oussouye was when she entered a wrestling competition in her region. After she won her first match, the king of Oussouye gave her 100 CFA (about 12 cents at the time), and heralded her as the only 'alooloomo' (white person) to have wrestled.

Upon her return stateside, she got her Master's degree in Second Language Acquisition from Columbia Univ. Teacher's College. In 1986, she moved back to Milwaukee. Since her return she has taught ESL in academia. Since 2002, she has her own business teaching ESL on a corporate level and to non-English speaking adults throughout the city.

Currently she's active on the Milwaukee Peace Corps Assoc. board (where she just finished a three-year tenure as president) and most recently on the Natiional Peace Corps Assoc. board.

Allegra is most interested in promoting the Peace Corps whenever possible because she sees it as a tool that will help improve the image of Americans and America throughout the world.

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