Camp MUN Ukraine 2016 Staff
Name: Lilia Chernyshova
Occupation: Student of Odessa National Economic University/ International Economy Department
From: Odessa, Ukraine
Favorite Food: Trying a national cuisine has always been one of my favorite ways to explore the culture of a country I am traveling across. I love to feel the atmosphere of a city/country while eating the traditional local food.
Personal Hero: My parents. They are always ready to cheer me up, give me a piece of advise or tell me some words of wisdom. My parents encourage me all the time and don't let me give up along the way.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?: I would like to travel to Australia. In my opinion, it's a unique state with a huge diversity of nature, specific climate, multinational population and multicultural traditions. In spite of the fact, that Australia is not the country from the "To Visit List" of majority of tourists, this small separate world is worth visiting.
What do you think is the biggest problem in the world today?: One of the most global issues facing the world nowadays is the problem of scarcity and distribution of natural resources. Because of waste of resources, a lot of countries are suffering from poverty, starvation and the global energy crisis. We should try to develop international cooperation and not to be indifferent to the most significant problems affecting the world today!
Name: Janet Nguyen
Occupation: Peace Crops Volunteer
From: North Carolina, United States
Favorite Food: Street food in Vietnam has always been my favorite foods. It represents the culture of the country and is authentic. I also love the variety of choices!
Personal Hero: My mom because she always inspires me to improve myself. My dad is also my hero because he has been there for me every step in my life and he supports me along the way
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?: Since high school, I have always wanted to travel to Uganda. I learned about the abduction and cruelty of children due to dictatorship and war and have always wanted to help countries facing these types of issues.
What do you think is the biggest problem in the world today?: Currently, one of the biggest problems today's public society is the refugee crisis and Internally Displaced People. Due to war and conflict, innocent people are losing their homes and seek refuge within and outside of their nation's borders. All they want to do is be able to survive and live normally again. As neighbors and protectors of humanity, it is our duty to open our hearts and our homes to welcome them any way we can.
Name: Roxana Martinez
Occupation: Peace Corps Volunteer
From: Arizona, United States
Favorite Food: Tacos (Mexican Food) because I like to eat food without a plate.
Personal Hero: My personal hero is my sister. She always pushes me to be a better person and to look for the best in people.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?: If I could travel anywhere in the world I would like to go to Peru. I have always wanted to visit and explore the ancient cities built by the Incas.
What do you think is the biggest problem in the world today?:I believe the one of the biggest problems facing the world today is international cooperation. I think it is important for nations to work together to create more inclusive and interactive projects worldwide.
Name: Casey Mohrien
Occupation: Peace Corps Volunteer
From: New York, United States
Favorite Food: Any kind of Fruit
Personal Hero: My parents. They have given up so much so that I can realize my dreams. They have always encouraged me to dream big and always believed in me.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?: I would like to travel to South Africa. Growing up I really liked animals, specifically animals native to the Savannah. I think one of the greatest tragedies of today's world is the near extinction of some of the most magnificent creatures this world has to offer
What do you think is the biggest problem in the world today?: I think the biggest problem we face is climate change. If we don't address climate change now it will lead to an increase in famine, war, and poverty putting added stress on already struggling social programs and systems worldwide.
Name: Nelia Bechkalo
Occupation: Student at Poltava National Technical Yuri Kondratiyk University
From: Poltava, Ukraine
Favorite Food: can’t live without fruits and vegetables
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. That is how my heroes are.
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: Barry Gropp
Occupation: Peace Corps Volunteer - university teacher, College Counselor, English Teacher
From: I am from Torrance, CA. It is a small city a little south of Los Angeles.
Favorite Food: Chili Dogs
Personal Hero: My dad
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?: I am really hoping to travel to Morocco soon. I hope one day to go to Cambodia.
What do you think is the biggest problem in the world today?: Not enough people have the opportunity to make the best decisions for themselves and their loved ones.
Name: Pavlo Cherchatyi
From: Poltava, Ukraine
Favorite Food: Risotto
Personal Hero: Well, I do not actually have one but I can say that I have some people that motivate me and inspire. One of them is Nick Vyjicic. This guy makes me think of life and analyze it. He makes me understand what human’s values are.
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?: Well, I think there are a number of challenges in the world that can be eithertackled or compromised( wars, human’s trafficking, conflicts, refugees, different pollutions). But from my perspective there are a lot of issues that are found hard to be influenced. Such issues as global warming and destruction of ozone layer. I think it is hard sometimes to foresee the outcomes of it, and define the starting point. But it definitely seems hard to cope with it, so we have to come up with new ideas and approaches what can we do when it comes to solving these issues.
Name: Vlad Bilan
Occupation: Student of Poltava Korolenko National Pedagogical University
Favorite Food: Oatmeal with fruit, nuts and honey; omelette
Personal Hero: I would say that there is a hero inside of everyone. For me, every person I've met during my life experience is a hero, especially the ones who have had a tremendous influence on me, have always given me helpful advice, and who have served as an example for me. These people helped make me the person I am today.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?: India, because of its rich ancient history, culture and uniqueness. Also I would like to travel to Scandinavia because I would like to be surrounded by its astonishing nature.
What do you think is the biggest problem in the world today?: The irrational use of natural resources which leads to poverty, hunger and lack of drinking water as well as causes climate change and deteriorates environment. If we don't manage to implement the effective national resources management, the consequences will be horrific. That's why there is a need to develop a stable and effective cooperation between nations.
Name: Richard Roman
Occupation: Peace Corps Volunteer
From: Fresno, California
Favorite Food: Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo
Personal Hero: My personal hero is Abraham Lincoln. I respect President Lincoln for the changes he brought to the world. However, equally important, I respect him because before his presidency Lincoln persevered through many trials in his life and never quit.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? I would travel to Brazil to watch the 2016 summer Olympic games. I have always wanted to travel to South America and this would be the perfect time to cheer on our Olympians from America.
What you think is the biggest problem in the world today? In my opinion our biggest problem is Violent Extremism. There are many ways to change the future, but I do not believe violence is the answer. We must teach ourselves, and future generations, to resolve disputes in a professional, peaceful, and diplomatic manner.
Name: Elvira Pavlenko
Occupation: Student of Kharkov State Zooveterinary Academy
From: Kramatorsk, Ukraine
Favorite Food: grilled meat and vegetables, also any dish you can cook outside!
Personal Hero: My grandmother. Every day she inspires me to be positive and never give up. Also my parents. They always support me and all my ideas. When I decided that I would be a veterinarian after three years of studying international relations, they just said that I can do what makes me happy.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? I have always dreamed of traveling to Italy
What you think is the biggest problem in the world today? Our world faces so many problems today but I think that the main problem, and the reason we have so many other problems, is humans placing their own interests and ambitions higher than the interests of other people and nature. The saddest thing is that such people run our governments and rule the world.
Name: Elena Krajeski
Occupation: community and economic development peace corps volunteer in Khotyn Ukraine
From:. I grew up in a military family, so we moved a lot, but I consider Rhode Island home.
Favorite Food: I am a preferred vegetarian or "flexitarian" if you will. I always love a creamy tomato soup with gourmets grilled cheese
Personal Hero: Agent Dana Scully from the x-file series
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? India or China because the cultures are so radically different from my own
What you think is the biggest problem in the world today? The biggest problem facing the world today is human over population. No question.