Say “hello” to this spring’s Pacific Northwest Nomads! Alyssa, Jake, and Elaine are raring to embark on their 10-week journey for the North Korean people. Their passion for this global movement, combined with their hard work, will be instrumental in helping accelerate the change that North Koreans are already driving in their country. In addition to this, the PNW Nomads are going to be introducing our exciting new initiative to give thousands of people the opportunity to send a message of support to the North Korean people. Keep reading to learn more about them before they hit the road:
Alyssa took a semester off from her third year at the University of Cincinnati, where she is majoring in international relations, minoring in French and getting a human rights certificate, to join LiNK as a Nomad. Alyssa knows what it’s like to be the smallest redwood in the forest, so she plans to pursue a career in standing up for people who don’t have a voice. Alyssa enjoys long walks on the beach, eating a lot of milk chocolate, and golden retrievers.
Elaine does not like staying in one place for too long. Upon graduating high school, she took a gap year traveling throughout Italy, Canada, and China. She completed her first year of college back in her hometown, Kalamazoo, Michigan and is taking a semester off to share the stories of the North Korean people. Elaine is an ice cream addict who loves touring the world.
Jake was born and raised on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He is a recent graduate from the University of Denver with degrees in history and political science with a minor in geography. His passion for this issue was sparked by reading “Escape from Camp 14.” He was touched by the resilience of the North Korean people and decided to become Nomad. In his free time Jake loves traveling, the outdoors, and cheering on the Seattle Seahawks!