Sacred Valley Health recently welcomed a group of new long-term community coordinators. They will spend the next six months serving as liaisons to our promotoras in our pilot communities in the Ollantaytambo District. Living with local Ollanta host families, using Spanish daily, and trekking to our high-altitude communities for data collecting, these four ladies have already hit the ground running! Learn more about them below.
Kristen Misek grew up in Salem, Oregon. After high school she lived in New York, where she volunteered with AmeriCorps at Hudson River Healthcare and found her passion for community health care. She went on to graduate from University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and is currently a RN. Kristen is interested in community health nursing and global health. She has spent the last several months learning Spanish and getting to know Peru. In her free time she enjoys reading, practicing yoga, running, and exploring new places. In the future she hopes to continue working abroad as a nurse providing medical attention and health education to communities in need.
Jenny Nepom joins Ayni Wasi as the monitoring and evaluation coordinator. After graduating from the University of Washington with a degree in Economics and Political Science she returned to Portland, Oregon where she grew up. There she worked for the local government and various non-profits assisting low-income and under-served populations. Jenny left Portland to pursue traveling in South America. After spending a few months traveling in Chile and Argentina she has decided to pursue her interest in public health and epidemiology by joining Sacred Valley Health. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, camping, and cooking.
Jackie Reynoza is originally from Cottonwood, California. In June 2010, she graduated from Santa Clara University with a BA in Spanish Studies and minors in Italian Studies and International Studies. Jackie’s great love for languages and world travel, along with a passion to help others, motivated her to move to the Philippines in July 2010. While living and working in the Philippines for two years, she found that her true desire was to be part of the developing world. She really enjoyed her experience in South East Asia but wanted to spend some time in Latin America. With this in mind, her sister told her about a NGO in Peru that her friend had helped develop, Sacred Valley Health. She strongly agreed with the belief that education is the way to empower others and was interested in the health aspect. Given this, she dove right in and committed 6 months to the empowerment of the mountain communities in the Sacred Valley region through health education. In her spare time, Jackie enjoys hiking, eating local cuisine, learning languages, reading and traveling.
Rose Nichol grew up in Exeter, England. In June 2012 she completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy with first class honours at the University of the West of England, Bristol. She is passionate about equality in access to health and social services. Rose loves exploring new places, immersing herself in different cultures, music, and being outdoors. Before undertaking further education, she spent three years working and travelling around the world but didn’t make it to South America – a lifelong ambition. Rose has committed to six months volunteering as a Community Coordinator for Ayni Wasi’s Promotora Program and will be working with promotoras in two different communities to design, implement and review the program’s effectiveness.
Think these ladies have cool jobs? We’re still accepting applications for a Program Manager. If you are interested in trekking up mountains in rainy weather and possess the right skills and background, apply today!