Peace Boat US welcomes its 2019 Fall term interns: Su Thaw, Yanique Tingling, Amanda Simonsen and Rahaf Jambi. This dedicated and diverse team of young spirits will help in the preparation of the Climate Week events and the UN Youth Climate Summit in September. On October 10 and 11, Peace Boat US is proudly greeting the arrival of the Peace Boat in New York City, which coincides with the UN First Committee on Peace and International Security. Peace Boat and the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) invite you to join us for a special event, coinciding with the UN General Assembly – First Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security, with approximately 75 young people from the ages 18–30 who will participate in activities promoting peace and disarmament in relationship to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The event is held under the “Youth for Disarmament” initiative to connect young people with experts in order to learn about today’s international security challenges, the work of the United Nations, and how they can become involved. The event will take place at UN Headquarters and onboard Peace Boat on Friday, October 11, 2019 and will feature keynote speakers, educational panel discussions, workshops and musical performances.
Under the 102nd Global Voyage, numerous events concerning peace education and disarmament will include testimonials from Hibakusha, survivors of the atomic bombs from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as part of the program, with an aim to reach 75 youth for the 75th anniversary of the United Nations coming up next year. Our new interns will be creating inspiring visual content for our social media platforms and support events either hosted by Peace Boat or where Peace Boat is participating.
Learn more about our new team of interns:
Su Thaw is a fourth-year student at Pace University majoring in Health Science with a concentration in Global Health. Progressing in her health science studies, her interest in the health status of people around the world, environmental sustainability, and world peace grew stronger. She highly resonated with the mission of Peace Boat US, building a culture of peace around the world through peace education and advocacy. This lead to her decision in partaking in the activities and programs that Peace Boat coordinates by utilizing the knowledge acquired in her global health courses and technical skills such as curating blog posts, graphic designing and managing social media platforms.
Peace Boat’s partnership with Pace University has been ongoing for 4-5 years now. This is the first year where Peace Boat is working with the College of Health Professions program at Pace. Health science students have learned about global health initiatives and the sustainable development goals, which correlate with Peace Boat’s focus as well. The hands-on experiences at Peace Boat will be highly beneficial to the health science interns, as they will have the opportunities to apply the information learned in the classroom to real-life experiences.
Yanique Tingling is a senior at Pace University who will be graduating with a major in Health Science in the spring. Due to her interest in bringing peace to the world and an environment that will improve the health of many citizens, she didn’t hesitate to join Peace Boat US. Based on all the issues she has come in contact within her community and coursework she has taken part in, she has come to the realization that the issues can be improved for the better. She believes if she uses what she has learned through her coursework, she can learn to educate others on how to solve issues in a peaceful manner and how to care for others. She believes Peace Boat US will be a big step in enlightening her with how to make a change while also helping her to educate others on making this change as well. As a health science major, her goal is to expand the life years of many citizens and in order to do so there are a lot of goals that need to be accomplished.
She believes that Peace Boat US is a good place for her as it gives her the opportunity to see the bigger aspect of the peacemaking process, not just in her own community but worldwide. Her interest and skills in these important topics is likely to be very useful to Peace Boat US as it will be used to provide peace and help to accomplish goals included in the Sustainable Development Goals.
Amanda Simonsen is a student from Denmark. She is currently studying a master in Sociology specializing in Advanced Knowledge, Organizations and Politics. Amanda is graduating in the summer of 2020. In addition to the topics of her master, Amanda is interested in international development and politics, social differentiation, the influence of NGOs and environmental sustainability. Amanda is traveling through the Academic Internship Council (AIC). AIC is collaborating with a Danish organization facilitating exchanges and internships. Here, Amanda went through several screenings and was then matched with Peace Boat US based on interests, profession and previous jobs.
Prior to the internship at Peace Boat US, she had volunteered in several political and non-governmental organizations in Copenhagen concerning public affairs, political events with top-politicians and the security of social rights. Moreover, Amanda has been working as a marketing consultant for 2 years.
Amanda will be contributing with sociological knowledge within the organizational, social and political fields. She will also engage in problem-solving, marketing management and the everyday portfolio during her internship at Peace Boat. Amanda is looking forward to work within the field of non-governmental organizations as well as in the field of multisectoral collaboration. Her interests lie primarily within the field of politics and policymaking. The area covering peacemaking is part of the ideology of Peace Boat Amanda is looking forward to engaging with the most. Amanda is excited to participate in the Climate Week events during September and especially to experience the venue of Peace Boat in October promoting peace and security.
Rahaf Jambi is from Saudi Arabia and a senior at Pace University majoring in Health Science with concentrations in both: Health Policy and Advocacy & Global Health with a minor in Graphic Design. She has been living in New York City since 2014.
From an early age, Rahaf was passionate about visual arts. She started designing as a hobby when she was 13 years old. She wants a career path where Art and Advocacy meet.
Rahaf is very interested in both Advocacy – for human rights, peace and justice and Art. Prior to the internship with Peace Boat she worked at an Environmental Clinic where she worked on drafting legislation and lobbied in Washington D.C. Peace Boat for her is the first-hand experience on how an NGO operates. She has always believed in the role of NGO’s in policy making and social changes.
She is looking forward to utilizing her skills and passion while at PeaceBoat US through ongoing work. She is looking forward to meeting people, having conversations, and promoting education and the environment. She is excited to be a part of a Peacemaking effort.
The new Fall 2019 interns had the opportunity to go on a guided United Nations Tour together. They became better acquainted with the Main Organs of the United Nations and learned more about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. They saw the remnants of the nuclear weapons that were used for the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. They also saw how the cities looked before and after the attacks. This section of the tour increased their support for disarmament, specifically abolishing nuclear weapons. The interns were also allowed to visit multiple council rooms such as the General Assembly, Economic and Social Council, Norway Room, and Security Council.