Yi Lian's talk will include a brief description of the history and mission of Peace Corps as an organization. It will center on her experience serving as a Maternal and Child Health Peace Corps Volunteer in a rural, indigenous community, Lancetillo La Parroquia, Guatemala. It is located in the municipality of San Miguel Uspantán, in the department of El Quiché. Because the region lacks paved roads and electricity, it is probably one of the last (seemingly) untouched regions of Guatemala. The goal of Yi Lian's work as a Peace Corps Volunteer is to decrease maternal mortality and childhood malnutrition rates through education of community members and health personnel. Part of achieving these goals is cultural integration, which is challenging in a community where Spanish is everyone's second language (the local language is Q'eqchi'). Yi Lian lives with a host family to aid with language acquisition and cultural integration. Despite the challenges, Yi Lian enjoys her work as a Peace Corps Volunteer and loves the community.
Yi Lian Klimecki is a Tucson, Arizona native. During high school, she spent a summer volunteering in a small, rural village in Nicaragua with Amigos de las Américas. In 2011, she left Tucson to attend Seattle University where she obtained dual degrees in nursing and biology. During her time at S.U., she spent summers volunteering at clinics in Peru and Appalachia. After graduation, Yi Lian returned to Tucson to work as a nurse on a Cardiothoracic Intermediate Care Unit at Banner University Medical Center. Her health background and passion for social justice have contributed to her dedication to community health and commitment to service as a Peace Corps Volunteer.