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Vika Vysna: Building the Future through Restoration

Veronika (Vika) Vysna is a 2008 EarthCorps alumna from Slovakia. She currently works for Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union (EU), in Luxembourg. In 2007, Vika Vysna was between jobs, volunteering with a non-governmental organization (NGO) in the northern part of her home country of Slovakia. One day, the organization asked her whether...
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Eric Jensen: A Holistic Perspective on Conservation

Eric was a 2014 Corps Member. He is currently based in Colorado and works as a Data Scientist at Climate Engine, where he uses global climate and earth science datasets to help governments, companies, and organizations to meet their sustainability targets.. Sometimes the right opportunity presents itself at just the right moment. Growing up in...
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Reigniting our Global Community

EarthCorps was founded on the vision that an international community of leaders can tackle the planet’s most pressing challenges and create a world where people and nature thrive together. For this to happen, we recruit Corps members from around the globe and make cultural exchange a core part of our program. And with alumni in...
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Ravi Prasad: Leading the Way for Global Green Recovery

Ravi was a 2014 International Corps Member. He is currently working for the UNDP as a monitoring and reporting specialist and is based in Fiji. Ravi Prasad has always felt connected to nature. Born and raised in Fiji, he grew up in a Pacific Island country known for its rugged landscapes and coral reefs. Ravi’s...
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Uncovering our Inner Agility: EarthCorps’ Alumni Leadership Workshop

On August 5th, EarthCorps held its first ever virtual leadership development workshop for alumni. The 1.5 hour Zoom session focused on agility and adaptability in the workplace. The EarthCorps leadership development workshop allowed participants from around the globe to uncover their strengths as leaders in an ever-changing and complex world. Our facilitator, Kim, guided the...
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Finding a Likeminded Community

Mila Strashimirova was an EarthCorps member in 2007. She is currently based in Bulgaria as the coordinator for the CISCO Green Team at Concentrix. I was just out of university when I discovered EarthCorps. I had been volunteering in various environmental projects with Bulgarian NGOs and was included in a mailing list for sustainability news...
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A Journey of Self-Discovery

Olga Mikhaleva was an EarthCorps member in 2008.  Her home organization was and still is Great Baikal Trail.  She started as a seasonal field leader for GBT leading summer expeditions for many years, now she is the Environmental Education Program Coordinator.  Over the years, she has been developing her expertise in environmental education including a...
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Global changemakers reunited at EarthCorps

EarthCorps impacts the lands and waters of Puget Sound, but it is the impact on the person – how they see themselves, and how they choose to make a difference in our world – that makes EarthCorps unique.  This week, we were honored to host the first-ever EarthCorps International Alumni Summit, funded by the Trust for Mutual Understanding whose mission is...
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Building Humanity Through Volunteerism

Everyone smiles in the same language Bringing people from different walks of life together to care for our earth is a longtime dream of mine. And I got to realize it this past fall when EarthCorps supported me in hosting the first ever Arabic language volunteer event in West Seattle. People from Yemen, Egypt, Palestine,...
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Alum Highlight – Lindsey Falkenburg

Lindsey Falkenburg EarthCorps Crew Leader 2014 Project/Program Manager EarthCorps How did you arrive at EarthCorps and what has EarthCorps given you? I went to college in Salem, Oregon and studied anthropology and biology. I graduated fairly directionless, as I think a lot of college students do, because I studied something that I enjoyed but didn’t...
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Alum Highlight – Nicole Marcotte

Nicole Marcotte Corps Member 2014 Stewardship Coordinator for Forterra First, describe your path from where you grew up to when you were at EarthCorps to where you are now. I was lucky to grow up in the forest of a very small town in Massachusetts. I was always very connected to the outdoors and spent a...
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Alum Highlight – Brittany Le

Corps Member 2014 Volunteer Specialist 2015 Youth Programs Manager for the Washington Trails Association How did you arrive at EarthCorps? I never would have described myself as outdoorsy or athletic prior to arriving at EarthCorps. My family didn’t go camping or hiking. We never had much money so I never went skiing or snowboarding. Despite...
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Walk the Talk

The Talk Ten years ago, a 14-year-old me sat in a classroom in The Philippines and listened to my teacher discuss pressing environmental issues. She spoke with hope and enumerated ways to alleviate the problems. These solutions still trigger my adrenalin every time I hear them discussed, leading me to have a passion of creating a...
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The Invaluable Lessons of AmeriCorps Service

I served as an AmeriCorps member with EarthCorps in 2007. My year of service taught me invaluable leadership and teamwork skills, a strong work ethic, how to manage money on a very meager budget, and instilled in me a spirit of volunteerism that still motivates me to serve my community. Working in close quarters with...
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AmeriCorps Week

Happy AmeriCorps Week! Did you know that the US participants in our corps programs are AmeriCorps members?  As an AmeriCorps grantee, EarthCorps is connected to a vibrant national service movement that has contributed 1.4 billion hours of service at non-profits, schools, public agencies and community groups across the United States.   This is our week to celebrate...
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EarthCorps Alumna featured at Sally Jewell’s Farewell

My story starts out like so many others. I was raised in Harlem, as an only child with a single mother, and a father I never knew.  For 20 years we lived in a subsidized, renovated tenement building, with walls so thin you could hear the rats scuttling around in the dark voids. Outside, the...
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The Job that Sticks With You

For the past couple of months I had the honor of standing in as EarthCorps’ Program Coordinator Assistant while the real Program Coordinator was on maternity leave. There are a lot of amazing things I loved about my job, but interviewing and selecting the 2017 corps members might be my favorite responsibility. Elizabeth, the Corps Operation...
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Building my Career

It is now a year since I ventured out from the EarthCorps community into an unknown future. I would say I ventured away from the community, but the truth is EarthCorps has remained in my life as cherished memories and hard learned lessons. Now, in December, at the freezing-dreary end of the year, it is...
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The Journey to becoming a Forester

I was a seasonal EarthCorps watering crew hire in 2006, right after I graduated from the University of Washington. I had never had a field job before EarthCorps. Ten years later, I now work for a public land management agency, and I don’t believe I would be on this career path that I love dearly...

Vika Vysna: Building the Future through Restoration

Veronika (Vika) Vysna is a 2008 EarthCorps alumna from Slovakia. She currently works for Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union (EU), in Luxembourg. In 2007, Vika Vysna was between jobs, volunteering with a non-governmental organization (NGO) in the northern part of her home country of Slovakia. One day, the organization asked her whether...

Eric Jensen: A Holistic Perspective on Conservation

Eric was a 2014 Corps Member. He is currently based in Colorado and works as a Data Scientist at Climate Engine, where he uses global climate and earth science datasets to help governments, companies, and organizations to meet their sustainability targets.. Sometimes the right opportunity presents itself at just the right moment. Growing up in...

Reigniting our Global Community

EarthCorps was founded on the vision that an international community of leaders can tackle the planet’s most pressing challenges and create a world where people and nature thrive together. For this to happen, we recruit Corps members from around the globe and make cultural exchange a core part of our program. And with alumni in...

Ravi Prasad: Leading the Way for Global Green Recovery

Ravi was a 2014 International Corps Member. He is currently working for the UNDP as a monitoring and reporting specialist and is based in Fiji. Ravi Prasad has always felt connected to nature. Born and raised in Fiji, he grew up in a Pacific Island country known for its rugged landscapes and coral reefs. Ravi’s...

Uncovering our Inner Agility: EarthCorps’ Alumni Leadership Workshop

On August 5th, EarthCorps held its first ever virtual leadership development workshop for alumni. The 1.5 hour Zoom session focused on agility and adaptability in the workplace. The EarthCorps leadership development workshop allowed participants from around the globe to uncover their strengths as leaders in an ever-changing and complex world. Our facilitator, Kim, guided the...

Finding a Likeminded Community

Mila Strashimirova was an EarthCorps member in 2007. She is currently based in Bulgaria as the coordinator for the CISCO Green Team at Concentrix. I was just out of university when I discovered EarthCorps. I had been volunteering in various environmental projects with Bulgarian NGOs and was included in a mailing list for sustainability news...

A Journey of Self-Discovery

Olga Mikhaleva was an EarthCorps member in 2008.  Her home organization was and still is Great Baikal Trail.  She started as a seasonal field leader for GBT leading summer expeditions for many years, now she is the Environmental Education Program Coordinator.  Over the years, she has been developing her expertise in environmental education including a...

Why am I a part of EarthCorps?

Global changemakers reunited at EarthCorps

EarthCorps impacts the lands and waters of Puget Sound, but it is the impact on the person – how they see themselves, and how they choose to make a difference in our world – that makes EarthCorps unique.  This week, we were honored to host the first-ever EarthCorps International Alumni Summit, funded by the Trust for Mutual Understanding whose mission is...

Building Humanity Through Volunteerism

Everyone smiles in the same language Bringing people from different walks of life together to care for our earth is a longtime dream of mine. And I got to realize it this past fall when EarthCorps supported me in hosting the first ever Arabic language volunteer event in West Seattle. People from Yemen, Egypt, Palestine,...