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Petra (24) was born in Slovakia, in a small mountain town. Raised by a very traditional Eastern European mom and grandparents, Petra grew up eating sauerkraut and potatoes, and helping her family raise her younger siblings.
Growing up, school was always boring and uninteresting to her, and she always looked for other ways to use her time. At the age of 14 she started volunteering in a Romani village near her city and at the age of 16 she was accepted to an international boarding high school in Italy.
Her passion for disaster relief and humanitarian aid work developed during her gap year which she took after high school, while she spent her time working in refugee camps on the Serbian-Croatian borders.
Knowing that disaster relief work and humanitarian aid work is what she wants to do in life, she chose College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, for her undergraduate studies. After getting accepted and being awarded a full scholarship, Petra relocated to the United States to complete her undergraduate studies. During her studies, she interned at the UN, traveled to Puerto Rico to do disaster relief work post hurricanes Maria and Irma, responded to Tropical Storm Imelda in Texas as well as Hurricane Dorian in the Carolinas, and completed an immersion program in Mexico.
Petra graduated in June, 2020 and hopes to continue to work in the humanitarian aid and disaster relief sector.
On today’s episode of the Accented World Podcast, Petra and Lena discuss what to do if you don’t feel like you fit in, Petra’s experiences interning for the united nations, the importance of sexual education and reproductive rights and directing your own education. I hope that this episode inspires you to take action and give back however you possibly can. Every type of help matters and can make a huge difference in someone’s life.
In Today’s Episode We Discuss:
- Growing up in Slovakia
- Working with the Romani community
- What to do if you feel like you don’t fit in where you live currently
- Attending a non-traditional US college
- Directing your own education
- -Life in Slovakia vs life in the US
- Interning for the United Nation
- The behind the scenes of changing policies
- Founding the Planned Parenthood Generation Action COA
- Access to reproductive health and freedom
- The importance of discussing reproductive health in your community
- An immersion program in Mexico
- Interning with a disaster relief organization in Puerto Rico
- Working with refugees on the Serbian/Croatian boarder
- The effect of COVID-19 on the refugee population
- Advice on how to become a humanitarian or give back to your community
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The United World College:
Planned Parenthood Generation Action at COA:
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