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Peace Boat US is a civil society, non-profit organization working to promote peace, sustainable environment, human rights and respect for the environment throughout the United States and the world through educational programs organized in partnership with the NGO Peace Boat, which carries out its main activities through a chartered passenger ship that travels around the world on peace voyages. The ship creates a neutral, mobile space and enables people to engage across borders in dialogue and mutual cooperation at sea, and in the ports that we visit. These goals are pursued through peace education programs onboard the ship, including conferences, workshops, face to face encounters and field studies. We educate, raise awareness, and inspire action which will bring forth positive political and social change in the world for peace. Learning directly though people to people encounters and grass-roots field experiences, we examine the root causes of local and global issues, nurture compassion, empathy, and responsibility as global citizens.

Peace Boat US Interns Tour the United Nations

This week the Peace Boat US interns participated in an educational tour of the United Nations to learn about the history of the organization and their current projects for international peace and sustainability. While on the tour, they saw areas of the UN such as the Council Chambers for the Security Council, the Trusteeship Council, the Economic and Social Council, and the General Assembly Chamber, along with the Hall for Disarmament, exhibits on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Peacekeeping Missions, and a short talk on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Here are a few of their impressions about the UN Tour:

Aubrey Hobby:


“I thoroughly enjoyed the entire tour and loved the experience of getting to see the Council Chambers. In particular, I found the Wall Exhibition on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights especially moving and beautiful. Even though I knew about the UDHR, written in 1948 by a committee headed by Eleanor Roosevelt, and knew several of the articles, it was still moving to see such a beautiful and conspicuous display devoted to them. It was both sad and uplifting to read the articles again, knowing that as a world we have come so far and yet still have so far to go to achieve universal human rights.

Two articles that seemed particularly relevant to me in today’s political climate were Article 14, about how all people have the right to seek asylum in another country if they are being persecuted in their own, and Article 25, concerning how everyone has the right to an adequate standard of living for themselves and their family ‘including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.’ In times when these and other rights expressed in the Declaration are being threatened in various ways, it is our duty to protect and advance the implementation of them instead. There has been an enormous amount of progress towards achieving the goals stated in the Declaration since it was written in 1948, especially in the realms of education, healthcare, and the elimination of discrimination. However there are still so many people denied the rights set forth in the document, such as the right to affordable and quality education and the right to have an adequate standard of living for the health and well-being of themselves and their families, and it just illustrates how much we still need to do.”


Katie Grandelli:


“Our guide took us into a hall of the UN that is dedicated towards disarmament. She categorized all of the weapons in the world into two main categories: conventional and weapons of mass destruction. During her discussion of conventional weapons, she focused on the long-lasting effects of landmines. One would think that something as fairly complex as a landmine would cost hundreds of dollars to make, but the opposite is true: landmines only cost a government $2 or $3 to produce. Because of the cheap cost, there is a huge number of mines that were used in a combat zone yet never detonated. For two nations in particular, Afghanistan and Cambodia, upwards of 70% of their land is uninhabitable because there are many undeployed mines buried in the soil. Children are the main victims as a result of this; they have not learned the difference between a landmine and a toy. Unexploded landmines also make it extremely hard for refugees to return to their homeland since the land is unsafe. Seeing all of the unintentional destruction that can be caused by a government spending $2 made me further recognize the need to find diplomatic solutions to issues instead of immediately turning to violent measures.

Then our tour group moved to looking at exhibits from Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The UN has a statue from a church that was 500 yards away from where the atomic bomb detonated in Nagasaki. The front of the statue is still intact because it fell face forward, but the backside of the statue is covered in a different pattern from the rest of the statues because it was exposed to the heat and pressure from the atomic bomb. I had not seen this statue before; it was sobering to see the extent of damage to solid rock from the pressure and heat of the blast. There were also some small household items that had been greatly warped and broken due to the pressure of the blast. I never thought I’d see a sturdy glass bottle warped in such a way.”


Zeynep Sayiner:

sdg.png“While on the tour, our guide discussed the Sustainable Development Goals with us. The United Nations has 17 of these goals, all of which are incredibly important: quality education, zero hunger, good health, and gender equality are just a few of these goals. But the most basic and important goal, in her mind, is the sixth SDG, “Clean Water and Sanitation.” Every year thousands of people die around the world because of different bacterias in the water that they drink and use daily. Because of a lack of infrastructure and general development, it is very hard to clean the water in these countries. Most young female students are unable to go to school because they have to help others collect and clean the water. So by working to solve this problem, people also simultaneously make a significant impact towards achieving the goals concerning general health and wellbeing as well as providing quality education for girls and boys.

Before our guide shared her thoughts with us, I thought that there were other SDGs that held a higher priority than Goal 6, but now I can see how important achieving this goal is. Water is one of our basic needs and our need for it affects everything we do; among other uses, we drink it, use it to wash our foods, and use it for cleaning and sanitation purposes. Without basic cleanliness and sanitation, so many of the other goals cannot be achieved. So I am definitely in agreement that the change should start with helping people get clean water, a goal that organizations like UNICEF have made significant progress towards achieving.”


Amanda Davila:


“Taking a tour at the United Nations for the first time was a unique and special experience for me. I was inspired to be in a place where many efforts have taken place to resolve conflicts and to promote peace and sustainability. Visiting the different councils, such as the General Assembly (where all 193 Member States meet to work on international issues), reminded me of the importance in cooperating with people around the world in order to attain international peace. While on the tour, I came across a quote on a wall that impacted me. It read “The world is over-armed and peace is underfunded.” This is an unfortunate truth, yet one that gives me hope because such a statement does not have to be true. Knowing that the United Nations is working on projects to mediate conflicts and to make sure that catastrophic events like Hiroshima and Nagasaki never occur again gives me the desire to help make the world a better place. It also provides me with the motivation to educate myself more about peace and sustainability, and to participate in activities that promote peace.”


Emily Garcia:


“I’ve always wanted to go to the UN – the center of international nations that continuously strives for peace and cooperation. My first visit today met and exceeded any expectations I had. It was extraordinary to learn just how interconnected not only the UN member states and organizations are, but feel it in practically every corner. From the diplomatic gifts from other countries to learning about different nations’ contributions to the construction of various Council Chambers, it was a mesh of connectivity that I knew defined the United Nations, but didn’t really understand the extent of until my visit. One of the most impactful moments from the tour was in the disarmament hall. I’ve been aware just how underfunded peace operations are, but it was illuminating to see such a stark comparison to just how overfunded armament and military action is in relation to peace movements. It was also horrifying to know that only about $2 is needed to buy a mine, which plagues nations like Afghanistan and Cambodia. This, along with other vital information that was shared, reiterated the point that so much work is needed if there’s ever a chance of having a peaceful and healthy world.”


Introducing Our January Term Interns From Hollins University

Hollins University is a liberal arts school located in Roanoke, Virginia. Each year during the month of January, students have the opportunity to choose between studying abroad, interning with an organization, researching independently under a professor, or taking a course on campus. This is the fifth year that Hollins and Peace Boat US have partnered together to give students a closer look into what Peace Boat does for the world. Peace Boat’s current projects and initiatives work to promote peace and sustainability. This month, four Hollins interns will be promoting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, attending events hosted by the UN, and canvassing for the spring and summer Peace Boat voyages “Sailing for Sustainability in Asia” and “Peace Education and the Sustainable Development Goals in Latin America.”

Spring 2018 Program in Asia


Summer 2018 Program in Latin America




Aubrey Hobby will be graduating in the spring with a double major in English and Political Science and has special interests in human rights, international law, and the intersection of literature and politics. Prior to this internship, she interned with the Forced Marriage Initiative at the Tahirih Justice Center and in the Hispanic Division at the Library of Congress. She was also fortunate enough to study abroad in London, a wonderful experience that greatly expanded her perspective as a global citizen. Aubrey believes that the peacemaking process must be pursued from a variety of angles in order to succeed. She is looking forward to expanding her horizons even further with this internship as well as the opportunity to observe and assist professionals in the peacemaking process, especially from a non-governmental perspective.


Amanda Davila is a sophomore at Hollins University majoring in Environmental Studies with a double minor in History and Psychology. Her passions for education, human rights, and environmental sustainability are what drew her to Peace Boat US. Her first year classes on environmental science and poverty and globalization are what sparked her interests on issues in the environment and the effects it has on people. Aside from her classes, Amanda gained a deeper passion for helping and working with people at home and in other countries when she went on a service trip to Jamaica, where she lived and worked in an impoverished community. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors, reading, engaging in other cultures through traveling, and blogging.


Emily Garcia is a senior double majoring in International Studies and Spanish. She immediately found her passion in international studies with her very first class at university: an introduction to international studies. She hopes to go to grad school and later be an analyst in an international organization to aid in the continuous struggle of obtaining and understanding information that is vital for future policies to be implemented. She’s interested in how intersections in our global society form, shift, and influence one another. That lead her to explore how Latin American and European Spanish interconnected when she had the chance to study in Chile and then Spain.  Her interest in Peace Boat stemmed from their mission statement about striving for a culture of peace, since that’s an aspiration that many would deem improbable. She admires those who never give up on peace, especially when they understand the importance of raising understanding and respect between the myriad of cultures in our world.


Katie Grandelli is a sophomore at Hollins University pursing a major in International Studies and a minor in Economics. She is passionate about nuclear policy, human rights, and the role that the international community plays in those two areas. Ms. Grandelli has taken any opportunity presented to her to pursue being a better global diplomat, whether it be studying for two weeks in the vast Mongolian countryside or presiding over a Model Arab League conference. Outside of her scholastic responsibilities, Ms. Grandelli can be found on Hollins’ equestrian team, watching British political TV shows, or singing Broadway songs with her friends. She is thankful for her chance to open 2018 with Peace Boat and all of the work they are doing in the world.


This post was published by Sabrina Oliveto.

Celebrating the UN Day through “Spices for Peace”

Variety is said to be the spice of life, but Earlene Cruz, the founder of Kitchen Connection and an SDGS youth scholar with Peace Boat US, works to literally bring spices to a variety of palates and enhance people’s lives across borders.  To celebrate United Nations Day, which is held every 24 of October to mark the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter, Earlene and the UN Department of Public Information organized an event near the UN that showcased how spices and cooking can be used to create connections between people.

Earlene Cruz began the event by explaining how she was inspired to form Kitchen Connection after she traveled to Ghana and was graciously hosted by a local family. She became fond of the food they served, especially because it was prepared with much love and affection. After returning home stayed in touch with the family phone calls, and then was struck with the idea of exchanging local recipes across the world using technology. Thus, Kitchen Connection was born. You can find out more about Kitchen Connection here: https://kitchenconnection.org/.

Left: Earlene Cruz, after the success of the event
Right: Earlene in the Summer Program of Peace Boat in 2017

The event was followed by a small meditation session by Suzanna. She stated, “We need inner nourishment and outer nourishment”, and pointed out that in the effort to stay competitive and relevant to the external world, we often forget to nourish our inner beings – our souls. Hence Kitchen Connection brings together the effort to nourish our bodies and souls while also fostering peace and uniting this increasingly globalized world.

Mr. Ethan Frisch, the founder of Burlap and Barrel, also participated in the event. His organization rethinks the supply chains of international spices to make them more direct, traceable and visible. It aims to promote the lives of farmers by raising their awareness and knowledge about available international markets. Ethan highlighted the unique characteristics of spices and how they can help in our efforts towards peacebuilding. He said that “Spices are ubiquitous. Every culture and nation uses spices. They can be any part of the plant; they are more expansive by definition and more inclusive in the kind of cuisines. Spices have been the cause of trade routes, colonialism, etc.” You can find out more about  Burlap and Barrel here: https://www.burlapandbarrel.com/)



Chef Nargisse Benkabou guiding the cooking of Amlou

The event also aimed to put on display the objective of Kitchen Connection. Via a video call from an airport while on a trip from Morocco to London, Chef Nargisse Benkabou helped guide real-time preparation in the event of a dish called Amlou to give attendees a nourishing experience. This unique and tasty spread was prepared with roasted almonds, honey, a pinch of salt and cinnamon and the most interesting and pure ingredient of all –  pure argan oil. Argan oil comes from southwesternmost Morocco, where local women procure the nuts and manually break them and extract their oil. So treasured is it, that a pure bottle of argan oil of 700 ml can cost up to US $200! After preparation, the spread was offered for tasting to all of the e attendees of the event, which included representatives from various NGOs and t from the NGO Committee of the United Nations.

Extraction and preparation of argan oil

IMG_8847.jpgVegetarian Chef Andrea Lumbrano Sanchez Goldstein attended the event and gave her approval of the first batch

The event was successful in highlighting the relation of the SDG Goals 8, 11 and 15 through spices, food, talented chefs like Nargisse and passionate women entrepreneurs like Earlene.

Earlene and Peace Boat: Earlene received a partial scholarship to attend the Summer Program at Peace Boat in 2017. She believes that her experience in the Summer Program really shaped her ideas in leading a life that’s contributing towards the Sustainable Development Goals. You can find out more information about our new Summer Program in 2018 here: http://www.peaceboat-us.org/programs/peace-education-and-the-un-sustainable-development-goals-sdgs-in-latin-america-summer-2018/


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The cohort of the Summer Program in 2017

Global Goals Week and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

sdg action campaignGlobal Goals week plays a fundamental role in increasing dialogue on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. From September 16-23 of 2017, political leaders, activists, and celebrities came together to celebrate and discuss ongoing progress toward achieving the 17 goals by 2030.

In one week, dozens of conferences such as the Social Good Summit, Movement Makers, and the Global Pact for the Environment work to spread awareness about key issues such as poverty, education rights, and climate change. Award ceremonies, such as for the Equator Prize, were also hosted to honor the many organizations and individuals that are practicing peace, justice, and sustainability.

With the completion of Global Goals week 2017, it is essential that the dialogue becomes action. As Whoopi Goldberg said at the Social Good Summit, “You should help because you can.” Reach out to local charities and organizations to aid in the completion of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Peace Boat US is taking action to continue the work discussed during Global Goals week. This October 15th, Peace Boat will introduce the Ecoship project, the world’s most sustainable cruise ship. The Ecoship is planning to set sail in 2020 as a flagship for climate action. In honor of this launch, Peace Boat is hosting the “Floating Festival for Sustainability” in New York City.

To attend the event, please RSVP to the link below:

To volunteer at this event, please click here for more information: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfSYhLo6tFEuxn9Uv9cZ4e_h0z-VsC48Z032hAKqQi-WGVWig/viewform?c=0&w=1


Charles Blow, Bob Bland, Barbara Lee, Roland Lescure, and Lorella Praeli discuss how they developed their messages into mass movements at Global Citizen Movement Makers 


The Mali Elephant Project accept their award at the Equator Prize 2017 Award Ceremony


Andrew Freedman, Kate Hampton, and Rachel Kyte discuss the impacts of climate change at the Social Good Summit 


The Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations hosts “The Oceans – A Wealth of Opportunities” at the United Nations Headquarters 

This article was published by Sabrina Oliveto.

Youth for the Sustainable Development Goals in Action!

Peace Boat US provides youth with an opportunity to learn about the UN Sustainable Development Goals through direct experiences working with local communities around the world. Youth are able to see and hear firsthand realities of countries they visit and learn about the Sustainable Development Goals through lectures, workshops, and discussions with guest speakers onboard. Participants of the 2017 Summer program on the 94th Global Voyage of Peace Boat were given a chance to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Latin America and see how they are being implemented in different countries such as Panama, Nicaragua and El Salvador.

After learning about the SDGs through direct experiences in Latin America, participants were invited to join the United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York City. By the time the program ended, the participants left with not only a deeper understanding of how countries in Latin America and around the world are working towards the SDGs, but they also gained a better understanding of how important it is for civil society to be involved in helping to achieve the goals – especially young people. Along the way, they also forged new friendships across borders and embraced other cultures. To learn more about the SDGs in your country, visit the UN website here : http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals

To join Peace Boat’s upcoming Summer program from July 20 – August 3, 2018 on the Sustainable Development Goals in Latin America, visiting Panama, Costa Rica and Mexico, please send us an email to : info@peaceboat-us.org


Participants are taught about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Panama during their visit to the UNDP office in the City of Knowledge.


Youth from the summer program work together with the refugee youth in RET in order to complete activities regarding the SDGs during their stay in Panama.


Peace Boat US give the RET youth a One World Futbol before playing a friendly match of soccer.


A visit to the Embera indigenous community in Panama teaches the youth about ecotourism and how local communities are working to promote sustainable lifestyles.

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Participants present about the 17 SDGs put forth by the United Nations while traveling on the ship to hundreds of participants onboard.


Each youth chose one SDG that was important to them and presented about the goal onboard.


While the ship was docked in Nicaragua, participants posed in front of the ship before going on an eco-cycling tour of Corinto.


Teachers use visuals and songs to teach young children ages 3 to 5 the native language of Nahuat in an educational program sponsored by the University of Don Bosco.


Participants visit the University of Don Bosco to learn about the history of the Civil War, Peace and Security in El Salvador. 


The Universidad Salvadoreña Alberto Masferrer presents the history behind the country along with several live performances with music and dance in El Salvador.


Participants visited the town of Panchimalco in El Salvador, where the Mayor of the city has dedicated a youth arts program to promoting a culture of peace in the city.


The visit to the Maya Nut Institute included a spiritual ceremony from members of the Pipil indigenous community.


Participants were brought onto a farm where they cultivate the Mayan Nut, also known as Ojushte from a female entrepreneur in El Salvador who is supporting sustainable development.


A visit to an archeological site teaches participants of the past history and gives insight to the local indigenous communities in  El Salvador.


The UN High Level Political Forum began with several participants from Peace Boat who learned about the SDGs and were excited to see what how member states and UN delegates are working to achieve the goals in their home countries.


Youth participate in the UN High Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development at the UN Headquarters in New York City.


This article was published by Mina Karimi.

The Ocean Conference: Raising Awareness for Marine Conservation




Visitors wrote down why they thought it’s important to protect our oceans and how they planned to do so.

On June 4th , 2017  New York City hosted the first ever “Ocean Festival” on Governor’s Island to kick off the official Ocean Conference at the United Nations this year. The Ocean Conference is a high level United Nations event focused on supporting the implementation of Sustainability Goal 14- conservation and sustainable use of our oceans, seas and marine resources. In support of this conference, NYC and multiple of non-profit organizations from the region, set up booths, activities, and artwork for the public to enjoy while spreading awareness about UN Sustainable Development Goal 14 and the issues involving our oceans.


Our interns also worked at the booth and did a great job!

Along with supporting the Ocean Conference and its objectives, Peace Boat, as the first organization to make a voluntary commitment to the Ocean Conference, also unveiled its Ecoship Project to the public. Dedicated to studying the world’s oceans and marine conservation, this ship will be the world’s most environmentally sustainable cruise ship. It will set sail in 2020 and will aim to reduce COemissions by 40% through energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources including solar and wind power. Equipped with research laboratories to study the world’s oceans and exhibition halls to showcase green maritime technologies, the ship will carry 2000 people on educational world cruises for social change every three months, taking them to parts of the world directly affected by rising sea levels and degradation of marine ecosystems. More information about the Eco-Ship was revealed on June 9th, 2017 at the Ocean Conference Side Event: “From Awareness Raising to Action for the Oceans: the role of Youth and Civil Society” in Conference Room 6 of the UN Conference Building.


The participants of the Sustainable Development-NY consists of entrepreneurs, scientists, humanitarians, ambassadors, and interns.

On June 8th, 2017, during the Ocean Conference at the United Nations, Peace Boat participated in the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY meeting to bring together various organizations and UN representatives working to protect the oceans. Leaders from multiple fields, including business, non-profit, and science gathered together  to discuss the importance of technology in maintaining safe and sustainable water and in educating young people about our oceans. Most importantly, the conference emphasized the necessity of combating climate change and global warming now, rather than later when the effects have worsened.


Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Vanuatu, H.E. Odo Tevi delivers a message to preserve the waters for future generations.

The conference was co-chaired by Margo LaZaro and Yvonne O’Neal while Peace Boat US’s Director, Emilie McGlone, acted as the moderator. The keynote speakers were experts in various fields, and all emphasized the importance of clean water and preserving our planet as it is today. As stated by Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Vanuatu, H.E. Mr. Odo Tevi, and Professor Jan W. Dash, contaminated water is the leading cause of disease and famine, and climate change not only makes natural disasters much more severe, but also contributes to poverty and other sustainable development issues currently being tackled by the UN. It is on today’s leaders of the world to alleviate some of these issues while preparing the leaders of tomorrow to carry on the fight.


Peace Boat US Director, Emilie McGlone with the Representatives of MY World Mexico.

Various speakers provided information and statistics on climate change and other environmental issues, while other speakers presented their solutions. For example,  Asi Meskin, Co-Founder and General Manager for North America Bowhead Technology, presented his interactive water bottle for kids. Alejandro Laguna presented his idea of an educational app featuring the forests and marine life of his home in South America. Moderator Emilie McGlone also spoke at the conference, introducing Peace Boat’s voluntary commitment to the Ocean Conference – the Ecoship project, set to sail in 2020 as the world’s first eco-friendly cruise ship, reducing its CO2 by 40%. These solutions are only a few of many, created by a community of people who understand that to preserve the planet, they need to act now or it will be too late. The Ocean Conference is not only a high point for this community, but also a debut to a greater effort to work towards achieving SDG #14 to conserve the oceans and marine resources.

This post was created and published by Cassandra Lieu (Intern from Peace Boat US).

Youth for the SDGs: Summer Program 2017

A talented group of youth working for the SDGs are joining Peace Boat’s 94th Global Voyage and internship program this summer. They will be participating in a special edition of the  “Peace Education and Sustainable Development Goals in Latin America” educational program.  This two week long summer program is focused on learning about meaningful development experiences and efforts in the Latin American region to maintain peace and sustainability, traveling to Panama, Nicaragua and El Salvador. Through the program, the youth will be participating in lectures, cultural exchanges and presentations related to peace and sustainability onboard the ship, and learning valuable lessons from the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  These youth are also currently participating in the Ocean Conference at the United Nations and will have the opportunity to join the UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in July of 2017.



Alexa Atlas

Alexa Atlas is an undergraduate business student at Stony Brook University studying Finance and Accounting. Alexa is an International Relations Scholar for SUNY JFEW with an interest in sustainable investing and global development. After volunteering in Santander Department, an impoverished community of Colombia, she redirected her focus towards directly impacting indigenous communities within Latin America. She hopes that she can gain insight into sustainable practices of the Panama, Nicaragua, and El Salvador and assist in contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN through involvement with PeaceBoat US.



Talia Bank

Talia Bank is a sophomore at Bard High School Early College. She is a new intern with Peace Boat U.S. and she is interested in Peace Boat’s promotion of peace around the world. In light of the recent 2016 presidential election, Talia believes that now more than ever, equality, environmental awareness and world peace are goals that need to be recognized and worked towards to create a more equal, safe and healthy world for all. She is also interested in photography and looks forward to using photography and writing to share the significance of the UN Sustainable Development Goals with the world. Talia will be taking part in the annual Peace Boat voyage this coming summer.



Sommer B. Flood

Sommer B. Flood is a recent graduate of Rutgers University-Newark in New Jersey where she majored in Anthropology and Public Administration. Passionate about change through community development and social responsibility, Sommer aims to foster hope, peace and unity in local communities as well as the international community. Before becoming a Peace Boat US intern, she interned with the Sierra House organization under the Neighborhood Improvement Program, and contributed greatly to the success of their 1st Annual Greenwood Street Festival. Sommer has worked on many school projects, such as celebrating Valentine’s Day with the homeless in New Jersey and participating in the development of a cemetery revitalization project in the state. She also lead student volunteers from Essex County College, NJIT, and Rutgers-Newark weekly at the Goodwill Rescue Mission in Newark. Ms. Flood is very interested in many places around the world, has an open mind, and is ready to explore the various cultures, traditions and lifestyles of the world. Connecting with Peace Boat US through a Social Change course in January 2017, she plans to continue to take on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as her own, spread awareness of them, educate herself on the possibilities for change, and advocate for peace. This effort is an extension of her lifelong commitment to being a responsible global citizen. She is very excited to join the June 20th – July 3rd Peace Boat US summer program this year and travel to Panamá, El Salvador and Nicaragua. In August, she will begin her service as an AmeriCorps City Year member working with the youth in the urban schools of Philadelphia. This will give her another opportunity to focus some SDG’s right here in America. The Peace Boat US summer voyage and City Year will bring great change to her life but she is eager to give back to the world as she believes the world has done so much for her. Sommer’s favorite quote, “No man should have more than enough, while others have less than they need.” – Peter Singer



Mina Karimi

Mina Karimi is a Junior majoring in Sustainability at Stony Brook University. As a Sustainability major she explores what the world has to offer. As a global non profit organization Peace Boat US caught her attention. There is much that she wants to learn about the world. Peace Boat US will allow her to gain an understanding of some of these things. This experience will carry on with her in her future endeavors. Mina wants to work with other organizations in the future that work towards protecting all life.



Ga Yeon (Gia) Kim

Gia is an international student from South Korea, going into her senior year at SUNY Albany. She is majoring in Business with a concentration in Finance and Information Technology Management, while also minoring in Spanish. She is in a programming chair of National  Association of Asian American Professionals at SUNY Albany chapter. Her interests include studies of global negotiation within East Asia and Latin America. Gia is passionate about studying different cultures, involving herself in community service, and traveling. She is excited to be involved in Peace Boat US looks forward to learning about Latin American culture.



Cassandra (Cassie) Lieu

Cassandra (Cassie) Lieu is a rising junior at Villanova University and an English major with minors in Gender and Women’s Studies and Writing and Rhetoric and she is very excited to be an intern at Peace Boat. In terms of peace education, her interests lie in gender and racial equality, LGBT rights, and issues of quality education. In a world where people are more connected with one another than ever, she believes it is important to learn about those of different cultures and backgrounds and to embrace these differences. She is joining Peace Boat not only to help make a positive impact on the world, but also to learn about the world we live in, current issues, and its unique people.



Marla Teixeira

Marla Teixeira is a junior Peace and Justice Studies major at Pace University, minoring in Politics, Pre-Law and Business Management. Ms. Teixeira is currently researching nonviolent revolutions and civil disobedience around the world in order to better assist in her fight against the media’s portrayal of women. She is also working with the Center for Anti-Violence Education in New York City, which helps victims of assault learn self-defense tactics. Ms. Teixeira plans to make her career about ending income inequality and making access to health care and quality education both available and affordable to everyone. She’s thrilled to have the opportunity to intern for Peace Boat US this summer since she believes that it is only through sustainable living that we can secure a quality life for future generations.




Briana Whylie

Briana Whylie is an International Business major at Berkeley College. With her interest in solving international issues, Briana participated in the Model United Nations to get in practice. Briana has always showed passion to change lives for the better; and describes herself as dedicated and enthusiastic. Her volunteer work at Peace Boat is a life changing experience to not only help the organization, but to become educated in world issues. Briana carries legacy from her late grandfather Vincent Whylie who helped pass a union law with Richard Nixon in 1970. Briana hopes to make great, yet bigger life changes, like her grandfather.