Volunteer Kristen Stelljes
Volunteer Kristen Stelljes recently arrived in San Pedro to join forces
with Green Reef Environmental Institute. A graduate of Brandeis
University in the United States, she will be assisting Green Reef with
several projects over the next two years.
Kristen has made quite a climactic change coming to
the island from Waltham, Massachusetts in the northeast corner of the US.
At Brandeis, she earned a degree in Philosophy with a "minor" in
environmental studies. As her first assignment at Green
Reef, she will
assist with the environmental education for the ongoing Manatee Project.
Also, to help her integrate into the northern communities of Belize,
Kristen just completed a six-week Spanish course in Guatemala.
"I always wanted to travel abroad, and
hope to do development work sometime in the future," said Kristen. "This
was a good time in my life to do both and Peace Corp provided the
opportunity," she continued.
Green Reef President "Mito" Paz welcomes yet another
Peace Corp volunteer to his organization. He commented, "We look forward
to working with Kristen and hope that this experience is equally
rewarding for her."
Hopefully, by spending the next two years on Ambergris
Caye, Kristen will also be able to accomplish another of her goals -
completing her open water dive certification.
On behalf of the community, The San
Pedro Sun welcomes Kristen Stelljes to "La Isla Bonita,"
and thanks her for volunteering to help improve our environment.