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My YAV Year

A Little Background: The Bagua Massacre

I know some may be wondering why there is a whole project of Paz y Esperanza just on indigenous populations and why they want a volunteer. This post is the story of the Bagua Massacre on June 5, 2009. This massacre was a result of the heart of many problems indigenous people face today. The… Continue reading A Little Background: The Bagua Massacre

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My YAV Year

Another Orientation? Yep.

We have two more days left here in Lima before we all head to our individual sites across Peru. Time is flying by! We arrived in Lima at about midnight on Monday, August 28, 2017. The next day, we had a Spanish test to determine what class we should each be put in to continue… Continue reading Another Orientation? Yep.

Before Peru

(Dis)Orientation in Stony Point, NY

I left on Eclipse Day to head to Stony Point Conference Center in Stony Point, NY. After we got the the Newark airport, we were given train tickets and instructions on how to get to Stony Point via the New Jersey Transit. I started out going to Stony Point in a group of 5, however,… Continue reading (Dis)Orientation in Stony Point, NY

Before Peru

Preparing for Peru

Reposted... Because it somehow got deleted. First posted on August 21, 2017. I'm sitting here in the airport waiting for my flight from Casper to Denver to start my YAV year at orientation. This is the only time I have had to finish this blog post, so here it goes! Ever since I found out… Continue reading Preparing for Peru

Before Peru

My Blog Post from FFT

At Wyoming Food for Thought, we started a blog on our website, which can be found here. My blog can be found here. Below is the article I wrote. Today's Seed Patent Controversy Kristen Trohkimoinen, August 4, 2017 Today, many seeds are being patented. Many think that only genetically modified seeds, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs),… Continue reading My Blog Post from FFT

Before Peru

My Summer as an AmeriCorps VISTA

This summer, I was selected as an AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate for the Wyoming Food for Thought Program (FFT) in Casper, Wyoming. FFT is a local non-profit organization whose mission is "to create an active community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build a sustainable quality community food system for all… Continue reading My Summer as an AmeriCorps VISTA

Before Peru

My YAV Placement

 A few days ago a received news that I will be working and living in Moyobamba, Peru. In Moyobamba, I will be working with the organization "Paz y Esperanza", which is a non-profit organization (NGO). Paz y Esperanza "is an international Christian human rights organization dedicated to upholding and promoting justice for people and communities… Continue reading My YAV Placement

Before Peru

Becoming a Young Adult Volunteer

I am so excited to be a YAV this upcoming 2017-2018 year! I learned about the Young Adult Volunteer program through the Presbyterian Church (USA) while I was a sophomore in college. Two friends signed up to be YAVs and served in Northern Ireland. This last summer, I attended Triennium at Purdue University in Indiana… Continue reading Becoming a Young Adult Volunteer