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Two-time U of I alumna returns from teaching mission in Liberia

Two-time U of I alumna returns from teaching mission in Liberia

Teaching teachers was the main purpose for Whitney Slovick's recent trek to Liberia, a tiny country on the western coast of Africa.

She returned March 29th with a raft of pictures and stories to tell about her experiences there. Whitney had designated herself the official photographer of the trip.

Whitney Slovick is a Glen Ellyn, Illinois native. She is a Glenbard South graduate, and has a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since 2012, she has been leading an after-school program for a non-profit in Nashville, Tennessee. A friend of hers told her of the great need to educate and provide support for teachers in the West African nation, which is bordered to the west by Sierra Leone, to the east by Ivory Coast and Guinea to the north. The coast of Liberia is on the Atlantic Ocean.

Slovick decided she would travel to Liberia for this adventure for her spring break. She set out on her journey with three others on March 15th, 2014.

Besides the blistering heat and humidity, Slovick found a nation where the children, many of them orphaned by the past political conflicts in the region, are simply looking for someone to love them.

Read more at Chicago Tribune.

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