What's New with PiLA! November 2018




We want to hear from you! 

The PiLA Board of Directors and the Fellow's Advisory Council have put together a brief survey to begin collecting stories and data points on the impact PiLA alums have made on their organizations. We hope to share some of this information both internally (with Board members, future PiLA applicants, etc.) and externally (via fundraising efforts, on the PiLAwebsite, at events, etc.).

Please take no more than 15-20 minutes to share with us some of your proudest accomplishments! Thank you in advance for taking the time to cultivate our PiLA family.#PiLAmor 

Click HERE for the survey.



Various Positions- Nebia (Mexico City)

Nebia was started on the premise of creating great products that fundamentally change the way people think about their relationship to water in their home. We have shipped over 15,000 units of our generation one product, to 46 different countries. We have saved over 70 million gallons of water and we have been recognized by Fast Company with the World Changing Ideas Award.

We are very excited to be ramping up our team in Mexico City. This will be our first expansion office. Our marketing, e-commerce, and operations teams will be growing considerably in this office. They will be working very closely with our product team to launch 4-5 new products over the next 12-18 months.

Associate-- University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation Client Services (Seattle, Washington)

The world’s leading health metrics research organization, IHME, is working with private industry to help create on-the-ground innovations that will save lives and improve health. You can propel that change by being part of a dynamic team that imagines a world where more people live healthy lives and then works to create that world.

Textile Designer-- Cojolya Association (Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala)

 The Cojolya Association is dedicated to preserving the ancient Mayan art of backstrap-loom weaving as a viable economic enterprise for women. Using traditional techniques and designs, woven textiles are made into modern accessories for customers all over the world.

The association provides its producers with materials, training, and designs. A proud member of the World Fair Trade Organization, Cojolya is dedicated to empowering its weavers and supporting the community of Santiago Atitlan and ensures that all its artisans earn a fair living wage. They currently seek a new textile designer. 








When: Thursday, December 6th 2018, 6:30 - 8 PM EST

Where: WeWork - 222 Broadway, Room 21B New York, NY 10038
(Note: this panel will be video conference friendly! If you can’t make it in person, feel free to still sign up. We’d love to see you on screen!)

Just finished your PILA fellowship, and not sure what to do next? Working at a job that isn’t fulfilling? Interested in figuring out how to keep Latin America a constant theme in your professional life? Considering going back to school?

These are all great questions - and we want to help you answer them! This November, former fellows will host a panel to talk about their career paths after completing their fellowships. Join us to learn how to leverage your PILA experience into a career in finance, business strategy/development, international development, and more.

There will be limited seats for this event. To reserve your spot, click here. Additional information (including list of panelists) will be sent to attendees via email.

We cannot wait to see you! 




Princeton AlumniCorps ARC Innovator

ARC Innovators provides participants with opportunities to apply and expand their skills in a nonprofit setting through pro bono projects with our partner organizations. Innovators are come from all life stages and have a high level of professional skill that can be applied to any number of our projects. Our nonprofit partners are looking for Innovators who are ready to apply their skills toward a high-impact, short-term project. By bringing their expertise and a fresh perspective to bear on these projects, Innovators create lasting change while gaining valuable experience in a nonprofit setting. You can take a look at and apply to our projects here.

Seeking Truth in Polarized Times: The Challenges of Colombia’s Truth Commission | Inter-American Dialogue (Washington, D.C.), November 16, 2018, 9-11am

Almost two years ago, the Colombian government signed a historic peace accord with the FARC guerrillas, ending half a century of conflict that took over 200,000 lives. As part of the agreement, Colombia created a Commission for the Clarification of Truth, Coexistence and Non-repetition charged with investigating and clarifying major human rights violations as well as shedding light on other aspects of the conflict. The Truth Commission began its work in April 2017 under the leadership of Francisco de Roux, S.J, a longstanding advocate for peace and human rights in Colombia. But with Colombians deeply divided over the peace deal that created the Truth Commission and scars from the conflict still raw, Father de Roux’s commission will have to carry out its work while navigating the country’s polarized politics of memory.

To discuss the Truth Commission’s mandate, plans, and potential obstacles, the Inter-American Dialogue and the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Latin American Program, is pleased to host Father de Roux for a conversation on “Seeking Truth in Polarized Times: The Challenges of Colombia’s Truth Commission.”








Past Event
!First Convening of PiLA NYC Book Club 

PiLAs gathered in Brooklyn on November 9th for our first "book club," which discussed this episode of Radio Ambulante, about Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic. The discussion (in Spanish) focused on identity, immigration, and humanity and we even had a PiLA still living abroad chime in. We also had an excellent snack spread and enjoyed the chance to catch up. We'll host another podcast book club in early 2019. Please email abigail.koffler@gmail.com and isabel.garcia127@gmail.com to get involved with NY events. 






Lauren Wyman (2014-2016)

Placement Organization and Country: UN World Food Programme Panama (2014-2015) and Colombia (2015-2016) 
Current Occupation: Graduate Student- MBA and Masters in Global Affairs 
Current City: New Haven, Connecticut 
Hobbies: Making bread, dancing, learning about family history, reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez 

What impact did PiLA have on you/your life?

PiLA gave me the chance to live in countries that I had spent so much time reading about. I first fell in love with Latin America during my second year of college, while taking Jeremy Adelman’s Modern Latin American History at Princeton. My PiLA years put life to my coursework and let me really build roots in two countries. It brought me into contact with a fascinating group of friends- including tropical biologists in Panamá, sociologists and filmmakers in Bogotá and humanitarian workers in Central America and Colombia.

My time in Panama and Colombia also profoundly affected my career trajectory. Working at the World Food Programme taught me a lot about policy-making, humanitarian operations and what it means to work in a complex environment. Ultimately, my PiLA experience inspired me to apply for graduate school at Yale, where I’m doing a joint masters and MBA. Here I’m studying how to best manage organizations and how to sustainably finance humanitarian and development work, interests that I developed while working for WFP.

What do you miss most about your PiLA year?

One of the things I miss most about Panama is being able to hop on a bus and be in a tropical rainforest in 30 minutes, or a pristine Pacific beach in an hour. That connection with nature was always spectacular. As an Ecology major, living in Panamá was a dream – and actually I made one of my closest friends to this day by going hunting for tropical frogs in the Parque Soberania outside of Panama City.

As for Colombia, I really miss the energy of Bogotá – the sensation that everybody is going somewhere, creating something, being someone. I would often go downtown and do what Bogotanos call a ‘septimazo’ –  walking along 7th street’s pedestrian section. It was always so crowded with families, street artists, people selling canelazo, sugar cane and mazurka, and I loved feeling like part of the crowd, blending into the city’s energy.

What was one unexpected thing that you learned about yourself during your PiLA fellowship?

I learned that I had stamina on the dance floor! Looking back on it now, there’s nothing quite like taking a chiva parrandera (decked out school buses fitted with lights, a DJ and a bar) along the coastal highway in Panamá, and then going out to eat sancocho and hojaldres. Or going to Theatron in Bogotá– a club that takes up an entire city block in Chapinero, with 13 different dance floors.

Restaurant recommendation in your current city:

A 10-minute ride from campus brings you to foggy-windowed sushi buffet in Hamden called Sushi Palace. This spot has quickly become a favorite hidden gem to eat unlimited sashimi, indulge on red bean ice cream and hang out with friends.


Question for the next spotlight:  What was your favorite place in nature that you discovered during your PiLA year?

















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