Genevieve Corrin is a current grad student at the SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, VT. She received her B.A. in Social Justice at The Evergreen State College. Genevieve then spent 3 years teaching English in Mexico and Korea and 3 years providing social services to teens in her native Washington State. She is now completing the practicum phase of her M.A. in Service Leadership and Management. Her final Capstone will be based on a Job Skills Training program she is designing and implementing for The Mariposa Foundation. She is very excited about her time here in Cabarete and the work she is doing with us.
Sarah is a recent graduate from Middlebury College where she earned a Bachelor’s of Art degree in Spanish after studying abroad in Spain and Argentina. After a one week service trip volunteering with the Mariposa DR Foundation her senior year, Sarah knew she wanted to come back and continue to fight the cycle of poverty in the Dominican Republic with this organization. Her passions are feminism and Latin American Studies and she strives to make a positive impact in these areas. Sarah is from Kansas and hopes to continue developing an international perspective through her work.
Nia Fonéy is a third-year undergraduate at Dartmouth College. She is here in the DR on a Tucker Fellowship to assist with music programs and English courses. At Dartmouth, she is currently studying Sociology while on a Pre-Health track. In addition to her sociology and science courses, Nia enjoys singing and is involved with several music performance groups at Dartmouth. She loves working with young girls and is a leader for mentoring young girls of color in the Dartmouth community. After her undergraduate career, Nia hopes to use a gap year to travel and find purpose in her future health career. She looks forward to being a physician who also works directly in communities.
Ada graduated from Wellesley College as an Environmental Studies and Anthropology double major. As a Madeleine Albright Fellow, Ada will come to Cabarete this year to help develop the environmental education and swimming programs at the Mariposa Foundation. Her interest and passion for experiential environmental education and the Caribbean region truly began two summers ago in Vieques, Puerto Rico where she spent three months organizing summer “eco-camps” and learning about the unique environmental history of the island, a topic she explored in her senior thesis. Ada’s experiences with the Williams Mystic Seaport Program, a semester dedicated to marine studies, and her time spent working on organic farms and gardens in Costa Rica and France have instilled in her a passion for getting outside and learning-by-doing which she is eager to share. As a cross-country runner and swimmer, Ada is also very excited to be part of the active community in Cabarete and try her luck at surfing and SUPing with the Mariposas.
Sewing Teacher and Local Volunteer
My name is Rachel Miller and I’m from Boston, MA. I am studying Developmental Psychology at Wheelock College with a minor in Child Health and Music. In 2009, I participated in a volunteer program offered at my high school to travel to Antigua, Guatemala. While there I taught English to second graders in the rural community of San Pedro de las Huertas. I hope to use the knowledge and experience from that trip and the experience from my current job at a youth center in Cambridge, MA, to offer all that I can for the children and families living in Cabarete.
Chris is a high school psychology teacher and swimming coach from Lancaster, Pa. An award-winning, student-athlete while attending the University of Pittsburgh. Chris has a degree in secondary social studies education, Sociology and Women’s Studies. Chris has coached swimmers of all ages and levels, ranging from beginners to Olympic level swimmers.
Xanat Gonzalez-Darson is a high school biology and chemistry teacher currently serving in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic in the Environment Sector. Xanat has a B.A. in Biology from the University of California Santa Cruz, and a teaching credential in biology and chemistry from San Francisco State University. Xanat was born in Mexico, and has put her native Spanish skills to use teaching environmental education, science, teacher training workshops and working with the Mariposas Brillantes girls group, in the D.R. She and her husband, Eric, were requested by the Mariposa Foundation to work and live in the community of Tres Ceibas, in the north coast of the D.R.
Eric Broberg is an aspiring organic farmer currently serving in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic in the Environment Sector, with his wife, Xanat. He has a B.A. in Community Studies from the University of California Santa Cruz. He is certified in Permaculture Design, and recently attended the ECHO Caribbean Conference in Santo Domingo, which provided network and training for those involved in alleviating hunger and poverty in the Caribbean Region. Eric enjoys working with the youth from his community in the Organic School Garden they started together. The youth learn how to grow vegetables, for market and home consumption. Over 10 of the youth were inspired to start their own home gardens, which are thriving.