As many of you may know, I'm in the middle of completing my Masters in Global Affairs at NYU. Since March, I've been interning with International Peace Park Expeditions (IPPE)as their Communication Fellow.
IPPE a non-profit organization that promotes environmental peacebuilding through experiential learning. They create accredited academic expeditions with partner Universities, in close collaboration with their local partner organizations.
This semester, I will be to travel to the South Korean DMZ and Hiroshima, Japan to work on IPPE's newest expedition: The Ethnology of Environmental Peacebuilding in South Korea and Japan. Since this is an unpaid internship, I need to raise funds to cover my field work expenses.
For my peacebuilding project, I will travel to the DMZ and Hiroshima Peace Park to create a communication strategy for marketing the expedition, and located the resources necessary for IPPE to successfully promote their new academic expedition.
My goal this summer is to create a promotional package directed at university students so that they may take part in this expedition, and learn what actions they can take toward improving the environment.
Once IPPE has marketed the DMZ and Hiroshima Peace Park Expedition to their partner universities, and the students have completed the trip, the students can become involved in environmental peacebuilding.
Through the experiential learning experience, the students’ and all the stakeholders’ perspectives change as they gain a new awareness towards environmentally sustainable, conflict sensitive, and culturally aware peacebuilding on all levels, starting at the local level.
In turn, through their peacebuilding actions to have environmentally sustainable and conflict sensitive programming protect the environment, they will become closer to meeting the be supporting the United Nations Sustainable Developmental Goals and the Paris Accord starting on a micro-level in their communities, with room to develop programs on the regional, national, and international levels.
If you have any questions about my project or feel that you can contribute in alternative ways, please contact me.