Older Peace Corps Volunteer (Aired on June 15 and 16, 2019)

RadioRotary interviews Kathy Sanderson, who decided at age 61 to join the
Peace Corps after she became a widow “and the children left and the dog died.”
After preliminary training, Ms. Sanderson was stationed on the island of Vanua
Lava, among the larger of the 82 islands that make up the nation of Vanuatu in
the South Pacific, a 3-hour airplane trip west of Australia. Having been a
mathematics teacher in the United State, Ms. Sanderson’s assignment was to
teach arithmetic and algebra to about 200 middle-school students. Vanuatu is
part of the British Commonwealth, so classes were in English, although students
also spoke a form of pidgin English among themselves. Although she loved her
students, the actual school was not in very good shape and there were also local
hazards, such as centipedes and spiders. Because electricity was on and off, she
became used to rising at dawn and going to bed at sunset. A fascinating program
that may make you want to sign up for the Peace Corps, whatever your age.

Learn more:
Peace Corps Opportunities: https://www.peacecorps.gov/
Vanuatu: http://thecommonwealth.org/our-member-countries/vanuatu
Life on Vanua Lava where Kathy Taught: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6fxuecfr38

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June 28, 2019 · Posted in Aging, Education, International Programs, Travel, Volunteers  

Video Explorations of the Hudson Valley (Aired On January 12 & 13, 2019)

Seth Collegrave is a young composter and videographer who has been
developing multimedia presentations of the history and prominent landmarks in
the Hudson Valley. Having grown up in the lower Hudson Valley, he came to
appreciate how important the region has been in US history. After studying
composition and media at the Berkley School of Music in Boston and a brief
period working in Los Angeles, Mr. Collegrave returned to his native territory
where he formed Empire Explorer to produce short Facebook, Instagram, and
YouTube features of the regions historic buildings. Listen as Sarah O’Connell-
Claitor and Jonah Triebwasser interview Mr. Collegrave about his work and his
explorations of the Hudson Valley.

Learn more:
Empire Explorer: http://www.empireexplorer.com/
Empire Explorer on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/empireexplorer/
Empire Explorer on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/empireexplorer/
Empire Explorer on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-G0SiKvvxTwNjwvuC17rhA

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January 19, 2019 · Posted in History, Hudson Valley, Travel  

Fitfeet Adventures (Aired on August 19, and 20, 2017)

Adventures and Running with FitFeet (Aired on August 19 and 20, 2017)
RadioRotary interviews Kyle Irwin, who went from the Peace Corps and a career in microfinance to found FitFeet Adventures, a unique Rhinebeck-based corporation that focuses on the environment, philanthropy, and running and hiking for everyone from individuals to groups. Locally FitFeet runs 5K races, 10K races, and full and half marathons to support various local and national charities, including a 2017 walk-or-run at Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park. The “adventures” part comes with specially designed tours of Peru, Chile, and Argentina, some incorporating major races in Patagonia. The Explore Peru Teen Adventure combines language immersion, volunteer work for charities, visits to cultural sites, and a multi-day trek through the Andes Mountains to Machu Picchu. By partnering with nonprofits such as Awamaki, which helps women and rural families in a Peruvian Village lift themselves out of poverty, and the Rainbow Children Foundation, FitFeet Adventures is far more than just a specialized travel agency.

Learn more:
FitFeet Adventures
Awamaki
Patagonian International Marathon
Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

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August 22, 2017 · Posted in Education, Events, Hudson Valley, International Programs, Travel, Youth  

Zika Virus Update (Aired on September 24 and 25, 2016)

Jonah Triebwasser interviews Cary Institute disease ecologist Shannon LaDeau on the recently recognized dangers from the Zika virus and on the mosquitoes that carry it from human to human. Zika has been known in the Old World since the 1940s but did not reach the Western Hemisphere until 2014, when travelers brought it to Brazil. It has since spread widely through South America, the Caribbean, and some neighborhoods in Florida. Zika is carried from person to person primarily by two species of tropical and subtropical mosquitoes that are daytime biters and to a lesser degree by sexual relations. About 80% of humans infected show mild symptoms or none, but the disease can cause severe damage to an unborn child if the mother is infected. The main concern has been microcephaly, which results in an abnormally small skull and likely brain damage.

Learn more:
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Zika Virus and Disease
Mosquito Carriers

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September 26, 2016 · Posted in Environment, Health, Hudson Valley, Travel  

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