Camp MUN Ukraine 2017 Staff

Name: Ryan Wagner
Occupation: Peace Corps Volunteer
From: Pennsylvania, United States
Favorite Food: Khachapuri
Personal Hero: Jackie Robinson was the first black player in Major League Baseball and endured tons of racism and hurdles along the way to breaking baseball's color barrier, but his love for the game and determination to test himself against the best players in the world propelled him to do something that no one had ever done before him.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Machu Picchu in Peru.
What do you think is the biggest problem in the world today? I believe the biggest problem in the world today is partisanship. It seems that people of power are more concerned with agreeing with the status quo that got them into a position of power than making a tough choice to stand up for what is right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Dasha Miskevych
Occupation: Student at Ivan Franko Lviv National University
From: Lviv, Ukraine
Favorite Food: I`m a foodlover
Personal Hero: My mom and dad
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? The dream of childhood is New Zealand. But I would also like to visit Greece and Brazil..
What do you think is the biggest problem in the world today? State conflict, unemployment, climate change, poor education.

 

 

 

 

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Name: Yuliya Basarab
Occupation: Student of Kiev National University of Trade and Economics (International business)
From: Kostiantynivka, Ukraine
Favorite Food: My favorite food is Mexican, I wish I could eat it every day.
Personal Hero: I don't have a hero, I am my own hero ;)
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? I am a traveler and if I had an opportunity like this, I would go in every corner of the Earth.
What do you think is the biggest problem in the world today?: I won't tell you about economics and society issues. People are depended from their phones, they just don't have a chance to live fully and feel the beauty of their life.

 

 

 

 
 
 
Name: Sidney Cech
Occupation: Peace Corps Volunteer
From: Connecticut, USA
Favorite Food: Peanut Butter
Personal Hero: I have two – my brother and my sister.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? There are a lot of places on my bucket list, but at the top are India, Morocco, and Iceland.
What do you think is the biggest problem in the world today? I think the biggest problem in the world today is intolerance and lack of awareness. So many of our bigger issues stem from the simple fact that people aren't willing to educate themselves or make judgements before they know all the facts. That's why it's so important to ask questions, gather information, and recognize that there are always two sides to every story.
 
Name: Hailey Hazard
Occupation: Peace Corps Volunteer
From: I've lived in lots of places, but I’m originally from Colorado.
Favorite Food:
Mexican food! I could eat tacos for every meal.
Personal Hero:
My personal heroes are my grandmas. Both of them are such strong and caring women. Their stories constantly inspire me.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? I’m always excited to visit new places, but the number one place I'd like to see is India.
What do you think is the biggest problem in the world today? Fear of what is unknown- particularly about other people. It would be tremendously beneficial if more people took the time to understand people who are different than themselves.

Name: Nelia Bechkalo
Occupation: Student
From: Poltava
Favorite Food: Fruits and vegetables, willing for smth new
Personal Hero: Both my parents are heroes for me. They love me from the first minute they saw me. Caring, loving, and supporting no mater what.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would go to Austaralia. A lot of people would chose traveling around the world, but Australia is a different world. I’d really like to explore it.
What do you think is the biggest problem in the world today? The biggest problem the world faces is people’s carelessness and pessimism. When we start to participate in social life and believe in the best life will be better. And as a new generation it is on us to make our dreams come true, no matter how big they are.

Name: Kyle Logan
Occupation: Peace Corps Volunteer
From: I have moved around a lot, but we will say California, United States
Favorite Food: Khachapuri
Personal Hero: My parents
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? South Africa
What do you think is the biggest problem in the world today? Global Warming

 

 

 

Name: Viktoriia Semenyna
Occupation: I am a law student of Lviv National University named after Ivan Franko.
From: Lviv, Ukraine
Favorite Food: My favourite food is pizza. I like Italian cuisin. Also I like cookies, biscuits, a chocolat and an ice-cream.
Personal Hero: My personal hero is Little Prince. He is just a little boy; nevertheless he is wise, reasonable and sensitive. He takes care about his planet, he can communicate with different people, he really understand what friendship is. He is even ready to die for the true love. 
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? I would like to go to Canada. First of all, because there is a very big Ukrainian diaspora. It will be really nice to communicate with people who lived in Ukraine or whose parents lived in Ukraine, to gain some experience and to share with mine. Another reason is the nature of Canada. I read a very interesting book about girl who lived there , which contained a lot of description of the nature of Canada. I felt like a part of that space, like a hero of that book, like a citizen of Canada. So, I really want to visit this place.
What do you think is the biggest problem in the world today? To my mind the biggest problem in the world today is environmental pollution. It causes lots of other problems, such as disappearance of rare animals and plants, global warming, diseases etc. But I also should mention another nowadays problem. I mean Gender Equality. Today a lot of women are still facing biased treatment. I believe if everyon realizes these problems, we will be able to solve them together.
 
Name: Mathilda Nassar
Occupation: Peace Corps Volunteer
From: Bethlehem, Palestine
Favorite Food: Sushi, Varenyky
Personal Hero: My Uncle Daoud
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Egypt
What do you think is the biggest problem in the world today? Pollution (air/water)
 
Name: Zoua Yang
Occupation: Peace Corps Volunteer
From: North Carolina, USA
Favorite Food: Pho; it is the epitome of yummy Asian cooking!
Personal Hero: My parents are my heroes because they have both sacrificed so much so I could grow up the way I did with the opportunities that I had. Moving to America as refugees, they started from nothing and have worked their way up to all the things we have today. I will always admire their hard work and their dedication to their family.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Scotland has been on the top of my list of places I want to visit for many years now. It is a beautiful country with many different types of breathtaking landscapes. It also has a very interesting and sad history that I would love to learn more about.
What do you think is the biggest problem in the world today? In my opinion, the biggest problem facing the world today is the lack of international cooperation. As great as national identity is, I think some of those who grew up in certain countries forget how privileged they are to have been born where they were and they take those opportunities available to them for granted. I believe it is the job of the world as a whole to work together to better the circumstances of everyone in this world. It should be more about the collective whole instead of the individuals.
 
Name: Yan Blair
Occupation: Peace Corps Volunteer
From: Chicago, IL
Favorite Food: Tostadas with Guacamole
Personal Hero: Dr. Jonas Salk
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Auckland, New Zealand
What do you think is the biggest problem in the world today? Misinformation/Intentionally Biased News
 
 
 
 
 
Name: Mary Offutt-Reagin
Occupation: Peace Corps Volunteer
From: Montclair, New Jersey
Favorite Food: British-Indian curries. I lived in the UK for a while, and I quickly learned to subsist just on kormas.
Personal Hero: George Orwell! For me he has always been the height of intellectual integrity, with the true courage of his convictions. He served in Burma and fought fascists in Spain; without his example I don't know if I'd have ever joined Peace Corps.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? I'm dying to do the full Silk Road - China to Italy - after Peace Corps. I especially want to see Samarkand!
What do you think is the biggest problem in the world today? Mass extinction. We are in the rapidest period of mass extinction in global history, caused almost entirely by humans. Problems like climate change, deforestation, invasive species, etc. are transforming the world's ecosystems and condemning most non-humans on the planet.
 
 
 

Name: Alexandra Bilkun
Occupation: Student, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
From: Kyiv, Ukraine
Favorite Food: everything spicy
Personal Hero: Dag Hammarskjöld
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Ireland, Iran
What do you think is the biggest problem in the world today? Disregard, negligence, prejudice and intolerance in the minds of peoples and in politics 

 
 
 
 
Name: Jordan Carper
Occupation: Peace Corps Volunteer
From: Whitefish, Montana, USA
Favorite Food: Definitely Sushi! You wouldn't immediately think that Montana would have great sushi but we do alright!
Personal Hero: Malala Yousafzai. Her capacity to speak and advocate for the issues she believes are important while maintaining commendable bravery and strength in the face of life-threatening antagonism from conservative and Taliban extremists is inspiring. She has already made an immensely positive impact on the world at such a young age.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Nepal! I have always dreamed of hiking in the Himalayas. Maybe even up to Everest base camp!
What you think is the biggest problem in the world today? Climate change and the systematic destruction of natural resources coupled with the denial of the present threat of global warming by various government and social officials.
 
Name: John Lillegard
Occupation: Peace Corps Volunteer
From:. Montana, USA
Favorite Food: A nice juicy Angus steak… cooked rare, of course!
Personal Hero: My personal heroes would have to be my parents. They have always been so supportive of me and have taught me not to be afraid of following my dreams. Most importantly, they have taught me the value of kindness and being a good neighbor to my fellow man.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? I would return to Norway. I was already there for a week, but there is so much more to see in that country.
What you think is the biggest problem in the world today? I believe the biggest problem facing the world today is food and water security. Millions of people die each year from hunger. This will remain a pressing problem as the global population continues to increase.
 
 

Name: Alina Donika
Occupation: Student
From: Mykolayiv, Ukraine (the best city in the world, please come!)
Favorite Food: Pizza
Personal Hero: Spider-Man, obviously.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? It may be Moon, right?:) Or India. 
What do you think is the biggest problem in the world today? Human overpopulation and Poor education.


Name: Emily Keane
Occupation: Secondary Education English Teacher (Peace Corps Volunteer)
From: Signal Mountain, Tennessee
Favorite Food: Tacos! And all Mexican food really. I love spicy food and Mexican is very popular food in the southern US so I've loved it since I was a kid.
Personal Hero: Some of my biggest role models are my former teachers. I have had a couple really great ones, my high school English teacher, Mr. Barlew, and three of my political science professors at university, Dr. Birdsong, Gov. Taft, and Dr. Neeley. I really admire these men because they taught me with integrity and purpose and I learned so much from them - not only symbolism or presidential powers or how Congress works, but the value of education and how important passion and drive are. They gave me advice, compassion, and knowledge and I will always be thankful to them. It's incredible how truly influential teachers can be.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Vietnam! I was born there but haven't been back since. I really want to see the village I was born in and experience the food, the culture, and the people. My sister and I are planning on taking a trip eventually to trace our roots and see the country we might have called home in another life.
What you think is the biggest problem in the world today? I believe one of the biggest problems we are currently facing is the rise of nationalism and discord in many countries in Europe and in America. With terrorism becoming a weekly occurrence, many countries are adopting a more nationalistic stance. Instead of embracing multiculturalism, we have decided to push away the most in need of aid - refugees and IDPs. With this, there is also such much political tension and partisanship. Whether it is in the United States, Britain, France, or elsewhere, people are viewing fellow citizens as enemies because there has been such a political divide. I think the world needs to heal and though it won't be a quick or easy solution, we need to remain vigilant and most importantly, ensure that international cooperation remains a priority in the struggle to fight terrorism and world problems.