Born and raised in Fond du Lac, WI, Zach couldn’t keep himself out of the woods when he was growing up. He started working at a Northern Wisconsin YMCA Camp as a wilderness trip leader while in college and fell in love with getting kids into nature. The smiles on kids faces after returning from a once in a life time wilderness experience is why he is here today. Zach brought his talents to Frost Valley YMCA, in 2014, when he started as the Trips Coordinator and soon was promoted to Adventure Director. Zach loves all forms of wilderness exploration, though some would say his heart lies most with canoeing.’
Kiara Mendez is originally from Brooklyn, New York and is currently living and working in Bogotá, Colombia. In May 2015 she received her Masters in Social Work from Fordham University. During her studies, she interned with International Services at the YMCA of Greater New York where she assisted with the Global Teens program. After obtaining her Masters, she traveled to Colombia as a volunteer through the Prints of Hope program with the YMCA of Colombia, with the main goal being to get in touch with her Colombian roots and learn from the culture and people. In 2016, Kiara participated as a Camp Leader and then as a Camp Coordinator for the Colombian Ministry of Education National English Immersion Camps.
For the past year, since she completed her participation in PoH, Kiara has been working as the Inbound Programs Coordinator with the Colombian Federation of YMCAs, coordinating Prints of Hope and developing other programs for international volunteers, hoping to offer others what the YMCA Colombia has offered her. She continues to support the other International programs of the YMCA Colombia and participates as an English Native Speaker Leader and Coordinator for their Bilingual programs and camps. It is true what they say, the only risk when coming to Colombia is wanting to stay.
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