Reconciling Privilege as a Peace Corps Volunteer
When: Tuesday, November 28, 2017. 12pm – 1:30pm
Where: CIR Conference Room. 413 Grant Ave, Suite D.
Cost: Free for CIR members!
Currently serving as a Peace Corps Guatemala Volunteer (’15-18), Elaina Vermeulen joins CIR to talk all about her experience as a PCV. In particular, she will share her deepening understanding of global inequities and her corresponding processes of reconciling with privilege during PCV service. Elaina is presently serving as a health education volunteer located in a primarily Mayan indigenous community in the Guatemalan Western highlands. During her talk, she will speak to her personal experience of representing the current US American political and social context. She will share her first-hand experience reconciling various manifestations of privilege as a PCV, especially as they pertain to socioeconomic status, citizenship and race.
Elaina is a graduate of Elon University, with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, with concentrations in Latin American Studies, Spanish, and Public Health. She has previously worked in community development through agriculture for the Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development in the Sacred Valley of Peru and is currently extending her service as a Peace Corps Volunteer Leader with Peace Corps Guatemala.