Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
Todd Walters is the Founder and Executive Director at International Peace Park Expeditions (http://peaceparkexpeditions.com) and holds a Masters in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from the School of International Service at American University, focusing his research on International Peace Parks and Environmental Peacebuilding.
He is a National Outdoor Leadership School certified adventure guide with wilderness first responder medical training, and has led expeditions in dozens of locations around the globe.
He was the Balkans Peace Park summer program director in 2008, managing 22 international volunteers, 3 Albanian teachers and 3 Albanian translators to bring a summer school that taught English and environmental education to over 80 students from the greater Peace Park region. In addition to the school, Todd also managed a grant from the German Embassy in Kosovo that helped demolish and rebuild 2 local wooden bridges, install 4 trash/recycling bins, help with the construction of the Rugova Valley Waterfall Trail in Kosovo, and GPS many of the trails and mountain passes within all 3 countries of the Balkans Peace Park region.
He was a facilitator at Hemlock Overlook Center for Experiential Education.
* National Outdoor Leadership School - Outdoor Educator
* Wilderness First Responder - Emergency Medical Training
* CPR and First Aid Certified
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Albania, Costa Rica, Panama, Bolivia, Kosovo(a), Montenegro, UK, Semester at Sea - Cuba, Brazil, South Africa, Kenya, India, Malaysia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China, Japan.
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Executive Director - International Peace Park Expeditions
How many years professional experience do you have ?
Environmental Peacebuilding - Extending the Collaboration Framework (A case study of the Joint Management of Lake Titicaca between Peru and Bolivia) - Chapter in an Edited Volume from International Peace Parks Conference to be published by Calgary University Press
Hello Todd! your enthusiasm in impacting our world positive is indeed awesome. i appreciate your goodwill effort. I am also a graduate BSc in Environmental Sc and presently volunteering full time with Women For A Change Organization aimed at encouraging and promoting young women in becoming self reliance.
hopefully, in our subsequent discussion, we will have much more to share on the way forward in encouraging individuals/ organisation to mainstream peace advocacy in to their programs.
wishing you and the entire family the best through out this festive season.
Hello, Todd, your expendition programme on peacepark sounds thrilling and powerful for healing post conflict society. i have noted you have some experience with kenya.
do you think there is any programme you can undertake to enhance reconciliation. am currently with an international consultancy firm in research. see my profile.
looking forward to hearing from you.
I got some feedback from Nike for you, but since the note is going to probably be long, I'm going to add you as a friend and then send you a message rather than write it all out on your wall.
I wish I could go, but I am unfortunately bound by a desk job and limited vacation time. It's something to keep in mind for 2010, though.
On marketing...no doubt you've thought of a lot ideas already, but have you connected to Con Res/ Peacebuilding programs at universities near you to promote/share about the opportunity with students? I'm having lunch this week with a woman who was one of the founding members (with Craig Zeilzer of this site) of the Alliance for Conflict Transformation. She does international peacebuilding programs (classroom-based) with students and might have some good advice, if you're interested. It's a small world, maybe you know her...Nike Carstarphen? A lot of con res programs have student organizations with regular newsletters. I'm thinking primarily of the my university. I still receive a newsletter from a con res student group. Those type of things might be good places to consider putting a blurb about the opportunity.
Have you done any research on grants and foundations that might be interested in funding this type of program?
And one more random thing...maybe consider entering this contest that was promoted through this site: http://changemakers.net/en-us/competition/browse/21581
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