This blog will document my experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal. The contents of this website are mine personally and do not reflect any position of the U.S. government or the Peace Corps.
I’m so happy you could take time out of your day to read my Peace Corps blog! It means so much to me. If you are interested I have another blog surrounding local food in Bellingham (ciaochouchow.wordpress.com)!
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Few things about me:
My name is Tiffany, I graduated from Western Washington University in June 2015 with a B.S. in Environmental Science and a B.A. in Economics. My future goals include becoming an Environmental Economist meaning doing economic research in environmental related fields. Secretly, my second passion in life and what will ultimately be my second career (if I had it my way) is becoming a Nutritionist. Food security and agricultural production are closely linked with nutrition. I think these all play a role in health of people and ecosystems. That is why I chose to become a Peace Corps Volunteer working in Urban Agriculture in the beautiful country: Senegal.
One of the greatest problems we face today is balancing sustainability of resources and growing enough food to feed the growing human population. I love the environment and believe it’s our job to preserve the earth for our future generation. What I am most passionate about is FRESHWATER. Water is everywhere, but only 0.007% of the earth’s water is fresh and accessible. As humans, we have taken control over all the freshwater. Just look what happened to the Aral Sea in the face of agriculture and profit.
What used to be a sea is gone completely. Beyond the environmental issue is a nutritional issue. Is the food being grown healthy, and good to eat, or will it cause more problems than good? I hope one day we can find a middle ground between feeding the human population with proper nutrition, sustaining resources, and economics.
My goals for this blog:
- Share my experiences from abroad, whether it’s my time in service, or my time in other countries.
- Send my cultural knowledge back to the U.S. where we so often “live in a bubble” (get my URL!?). So many disputes, wars, and arguments, happen because mutual understanding doesn’t exist. Here I will attempt to share what I’ve observed and experienced with everyone who is willing to read about it.
- Stay in touch from elsewhere. I hope this gives me an outlet to hear about what you want to read about. Feel free to leave me comments or email me, whatever works (you can always facebook me too)!