Katy H.Ecuador: 2010-2012
I served as a Natural Resource Conservation Volunteer in the Ecuadorian Amazon from 2010 to 2012. My community was a small town called LogroÃ±o in the province of Morona Santiago. My work focused primarily on environmental education and sustainable cattle ranching in the region. I collaborated with local educators and officials to implement a school garden and nutrition program, worked with the municipal government to design a campaign to improve waste management, and organized a project with local cattle ranchers to decrease deforestation and water source degradation resulting from unsustainable ranching practices. While in Ecuador I also spent a lot of time singing songs in English to amuse children, eating unidentified meats, and learning to wield a machete.
Why a PC Fellow at SNRE? I am incredibly excited to have the opportunity to bring the skills and perspectives I gained as a Peace Corps Volunteer to SNRE through the Coverdell Fellows Program and to develop the analytical tools that will help me better understand the conservation challenges and innovations I encountered during my Peace Corps service.
Nolan S.Honduras: 2010-2012
I served in Honduras from 2010-2012. As a water and sanitation engineer, I primarily worked in the mountain villages surrounding my town. I worked with the local people to survey the topography in order to design gravity fed potable water systems. As a complement to the water system design, I would talk to the people about the importance of protecting the watershed around their water source and how it connected with their health.
I also worked with an alternative high school which allowed students who didn't have access to school beyond 6th grade in their village to complete their high school diploma in my town. I taught chemistry, physics, and algebra as well as giving presentations about HIV/AIDS and working with two 8th grade classes to complete a World Map on the wall of the school.
Why a PC Fellow at SNRE?What excites me the most about coming to SNRE is the opportunity to learn from the experiences of professors and fellow students while sharing the viewpoints I developed during my Peace Corps Service. I hope to utilize these insights to understand how to tackle issues in sustainability.
Stephen A.Honduras: 2010-2012 (Nolan and I were in Honduras at the same time!)
I was placed in the rural coffee producing community of San Agustin de Copan, serving in Honduras as a Business Advisement Volunteer. While there I worked to bring fuel-efficient stoves to the community, reducing wood fuel costs by up to 70%. I facilitated an initiative to start family gardens for local laborers to improve diets and supplement incomes. As the community was excited to learn English I ran a program in Peace Corps Honduras's English teaching program (for teachers), which would teach them methods of teaching English to students and enabling them to continue once I left. On the business front I taught local women and students basic business starting skills (the women started a bakery). Lastly, I designed a plan with the school, municipal office and community to start a trash collection/ recycling program (pollution is a big problem in Honduras).
Why a PC Fellow at SNRE? What excites me the most about coming to SNRE is the opportunity to learn from the experiences of professors and fellow students while sharing the viewpoints I developed during my Peace Corps Service. I hope to utilize these insights to understand how to tackle issues in sustainability.