Karyn Diane Ellis

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Karyn Diane Ellis
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Country Burkina_Faso
Years: 1997-1999
Site(s) Diapangou
Region(s) Est
Program(s) Education
Assignment(s) English Teacherwarning.png"English Teacher" is not in the list of possible values (Agroforestry, Sustainable Agricultural Science, Farm Management and Agribusiness, Animal Husbandry, Municipal Development, Small Business Development, NGO Development, Urban and Regional Planning, Primary Teacher/Training, Secondary Teacher/Training, Math/Science Teacher/Training, Special Education/Training, Deaf/Education, Vocational Teacher/Training, University Teacher/Training, English Teacher/Training (TEFL), Environmental Education, National Park Management, Dry Land Natural Resource Conservation, Fisheries Fresh, Ecotourism Development, Coastal /Fisheries Resource Management, Public Health Education, AIDS Awareness, Information Technology, Skilled Trades, Water and Sanitation Resources Engineering, Housing Construction Development, Youth, Other) for this property.
Karyn Ellis started in Burkina_Faso 1997
Karyn Diane Ellis
Region: Est
Karyn Diane Ellis
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Karyn Diane Ellis, Linda LeBlanc, Wende Smith, Heather Sutter, Josh Yardley
Other Volunteers who served in Burkina_Faso
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Jonathan Berger, Robert Davis, Karyn Diane Ellis, Ami Manik Koldhekar, Linda LeBlanc, Don Monteverde, Wende Smith, Heather Sutter, Josh Yardley
Projects in Burkina_Faso
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Community Literacy, Equipment for Health Education, Girls Summer Camp, Midwife Training for Healthy Babies, Nursery and Reforestation Initiative, Pibaore Solar Panel Project, Primary School Grounds Improvement, Solar lighting for school, Youth Camps - To and Gambo, Youth Summer Camps
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Karyn Diane Ellis
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Country Namibia
Years: 2004-2005
Site(s) Opuwo
Region(s) Kunene
Program(s) Crisis Corpswarning.png"Crisis Corps" is not in the list of possible values (Agriculture, Business, Education, Environment, Health, Information Technology, Skilled Trades, Youth, Other) for this property.
Assignment(s) Health Extensionwarning.png"Health Extension" is not in the list of possible values (Agroforestry, Sustainable Agricultural Science, Farm Management and Agribusiness, Animal Husbandry, Municipal Development, Small Business Development, NGO Development, Urban and Regional Planning, Primary Teacher/Training, Secondary Teacher/Training, Math/Science Teacher/Training, Special Education/Training, Deaf/Education, Vocational Teacher/Training, University Teacher/Training, English Teacher/Training (TEFL), Environmental Education, National Park Management, Dry Land Natural Resource Conservation, Fisheries Fresh, Ecotourism Development, Coastal /Fisheries Resource Management, Public Health Education, AIDS Awareness, Information Technology, Skilled Trades, Water and Sanitation Resources Engineering, Housing Construction Development, Youth, Other) for this property.
Karyn Ellis started in Namibia 2004
Jason Coleman, Karyn Diane Ellis, Susan English, Linsey McGrath, Jeremy Polio
Region: Kunene
Karyn Diane Ellis, Linsey McGrath
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Jason Coleman, Karyn Diane Ellis, Susan English, Jeremy Polio, Amona Whitewarning.png"Crisis Corps" is not in the list of possible values (Agriculture, Business, Education, Environment, Health, Information Technology, Skilled Trades, Youth, Other) for this property.
Other Volunteers who served in Namibia
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Jason Coleman, David Edwards, Karyn Diane Ellis, Susan English, Helene Hill, Joie Kallison, Linsey McGrath, Jeremy Polio, Kyrstin Scharninghausen, Amona White
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From 1997-1999 I was an English Teacher in the small village of Diapangou, located in the eastern region of Burkina Faso in Fada n' Gourma. In addition to teaching English at the local high school (consisting of four rooms lit by louvered windows) I orchestrated an HIV/AIDS awareness theater competition for secondary schools in the eastern region, as well as arranging the planning and construction of a girl's dormitory that was lit by solar panels.

Upon completion of my Peace Corps service, I traveled 'around the world' for six months to Western Europe and Southeast Asia, after which I returned to school in Northern California and obtained a Masters of Science in Environmental Systems specializing in International Development Technology.

After writing my Masters Thesis on Simple Solar Technologies for Women in Rural Africa, I served in the Crisis Corps in Namibia in Southern Africa from 2004-2005, spearheading an HIV/AIDS teacher training program in the northern town of Opuwo with UNICEF and the Ministries of Health and Education. Opuwo means 'the end of the road' in the local language of Otjiherero, and it lived up to it's name in terms of development and technology. Opuwo is home to the Himba and Herero tribes, and life there was like living in a National Geographic Magazine.

After returning to the U.S. from my second Peace Corps Volunteer stint, I packed up my car and drove across the country to Washington, DC in search of International Development work. I began with a temporary job at the American Red Cross, followed soon after by a administration position at the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, VA, where I maintained the budget and prepped classes for Foreign Service Officers (FSO's)training for overseas posts. I quickly graduated to a supervisory position at the Department of State (DOS), processing FSO's headed for Provincial Reconstruction Units in Iraq.

While still serving as Deputy Director for the Iraq Orientation and In-Processing department at the DOS, I was approached by a nonprofit based in Sacramento that promotes solar cooking and water pasteurization internationally. I worked as the Director of International Program Development for Solar Cookers International in California, promoting simple solar thermal technology for women and small businesses in developing countries from '07-'10.

I am currently living in Boulder, CO, consulting independently on solar cooking projects, & getting trained in solar panel installation.


My website: http://www.solarmoxie.com

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