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O C A T I O N :: Ngatt, Cameroon

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M A I L :: KarenKilberg@saidbyred.com

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H O N E :: Available Upon Request

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K Y P E :: Available Upon Request

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W E B S I T E :: www.saidbyred.com

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E D U C A T I O N DEPAUL UNIVERSITY :: Chicago, IL :: August 2010 June 2013

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

Double minor in Peace/Justice/Conflict Studies and International Relations

Graduated Summa Cum Laude with a GPA of 3.936/4.0

PEACE CORPS PRE-SERVICE TRAINING :: Bokito, Cameroon :: September 2013 November 2013

Intensive 3-month field-based training consisting of 129 hours of French language, 55 hours of technical training (community health education), 19 hours of cross-culture training, 25 hours of safety and security training, and 25 hours of medical training

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I N D E P E N D A N T

S T U D Y / R E S E A R C H

T R I P S

 

Sierra Leone Post-War Politics :: Bo, Sierra Leone :: November 2012

 
 

Interviewed primary sources on post-war politics in Sierra Leone ahead of the 2012 general election

 

Sierra Leonean Post-War Health System :: Bo, Sierra Leone :: December 2012

 
 

Conducted interviews and analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of the post-war health system

 

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E M P L O Y M E N T

U.S. PEACE CORPS, COMMUNITY HEALTH OUTREACH SPECIALIST :: Ngatt, Cameroon :: September 2013 - Present

Managed a PEPFAR-funded HIV/AIDS project alongside my community work partner, which succeeded in educating 1,500 community members on HIV/AIDS, encouraging them to seek voluntary testing, and empowering them to seek treatment and follow-up care

Served as Vice Chairperson for Food Security Committee

Monitored projects and submitted quarterly progress reports to headquarters

Counseled community leaders in grant writing for both PEPFAR and USAID grants

Collaborated on a malaria project during World Malaria Day which tested and treated 500 individuals

Organized a beekeeping and bee product transformation food security conference and workshop which was attended by 14 volunteers and 20 Cameroonian nationals

Facilitated community trainings on soybean transformation and mushroom cultivation, which increased the income of 21 individuals

Led tri-weekly health discussions at the Ngatt health center and bi-monthly health discussions with indigenous populations

Assisted in developing and monitoring a Baka beekeeping and soy cultivation income generation group of 20 individuals

Developed an educational manual on soybean cultivation and tofu transformation

Conducted community needs assessments

DEPAUL UNIVERSITY, OFFICE ASSISTANT :: Chicago, IL :: June 2011 June 2013

Performed basic office upkeep and inventory

Created, monitored, and reported office projects and programs

Assisted at special events

Solicited donations from local businesses

DEPAUL UNIVERSITY, TOUR GUIDE :: Chicago, IL :: September 2011 June 2013

Conducted tours of both DePaul University’s campuses

Empowered inner-city high school students to pursue higher education during special events

CARIBOU COFFEE, BARISTA :: Chicago, IL :: September 2010 September 2011 CHAPTERS COFFEEHOUSE AND CAFÉ, BARISTA :: Batavia, IL :: May 2008 September 2013

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V O L U N T E E R

E X P E R I E N C E

 

HILFE DIREKT, COMMUNITY HEALTH LIAISON :: Bo, Sierra Leone :: June August 2012

 
 

Developed and maintained the website and social media platforms (www.helpdirectafrica.com)

 

Drafted community-based project proposals

 

Compiled a prospective partnership list of 99 local NGOs

 

Liaised with government and NGO medical facilities to compare effective medical techniques

 

MORNING STAR HEALTH CLINIC, COMMUNITY HEALTH ASSISTANT :: Bo, Sierra Leone :: Nov December 2011

 
 

Performed malaria tests and basic physical examinations and implanted Norplant contraceptive bands

 

Facilitated health education discussions

 

REFUGEE ONE, ENGLISH TUTOR :: Chicago, IL :: March - December 2011

 
 

Served as cultural mentor and English tutor to a Nepali refugee family of five

 

GIVOLOGY, CORE TEAM AND TRANSLATOR :: Online :: August 2009 - December 2011

 
 

Contributed written content to social media and blog

 

Established partnerships between Givology and schools in developing nations

 

Translated letters and content from French to English

 

SPRING BREAK SERVICE IMMERSION, TEAM MEMBER :: New York City, NY :: March 2011

 
 

Empowered youth at an after-school program in the Bronx to avoid risky behavior

 

Tutored at an adult education/GED program in Brooklyn

 

CENTER FOR AFRICAN AFFAIRS AND GLOBAL PEACE, BLOGGER :: Online :: January 2011 May 2011

 
 

Contributed content on African politics and community health

 

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S P E C I A L I Z E D

S K I L L S

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T R A I N I N G S

Languages: Advanced French (oral & written); basic conversational Fulfulde; Beginner Arabic Trainings: The Decisions of a Socially Just Leader (2011); Leadership Succession (2011); Beekeeping/Bee Byproduct Transformation (August 2014); Working with People Living with HIV/AIDS (March 2015)