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My YAV Year

Intentional Christian Community – Living Together with God

The second YAV tenant I will touch on is "Intentional Christian Community". This tenant states that "YAVs explore what it means to be a Christian community with one another and their neighbors. While some will live in housing together and others spread throughout their country, all YAVs will reflect together on their service and explore… Continue reading Intentional Christian Community – Living Together with God

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My YAV Year

Faith in a New Place – Vocational Discernment

Originally posted: January 30, 2018 Updated: May 1, 2018 I will be doing a series of blog posts based on the 5 core tenants of the YAV program and how my time here in Peru relates to each tenant. The first tenant I will touch on is "Vocational Discernment". This tenant states "Through theological reflection… Continue reading Faith in a New Place – Vocational Discernment

My YAV Year

Preventing Human Trafficking in the Peruvian Amazon: My Trip to Yurimaguas, Peru

I was given the opportunity to accompany Paz y Esperanza on a trip to Yurimaguas, Peru (about 5 hours from Moyobamba) for a seminar on how to prevent being trafficked. I am very thankful to have had this opportunity since it is my dream to work for an organization preventing human trafficking or punishing human… Continue reading Preventing Human Trafficking in the Peruvian Amazon: My Trip to Yurimaguas, Peru

My YAV Year

Living in a “Hot Climate”

Yes, I'm living where the average high for the day is around 81 or 82 degrees and the average low is 65 degrees with lots of humidity, but I am also living where the population can be described as a "hot climate" culture. On the other hand, Wyoming, my home state can be considered a… Continue reading Living in a “Hot Climate”

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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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