Meet Krista Kimberly Hunt Ausland
During college, Krista created and implemented a career curriculum for urban youth that has now been taught to over 10,000 students throughout America through Camp Fire Boys and Girls of America. After graduation she became an inner-city biology and math teacher at Wilson High School in Tacoma, Washington and developed a model peer tutoring program to help students gain confidence and skills in facing life's challenges.
After a life-changing experience as a high school exchange student in Guatemala during their war years, Krista traveled throughout Central America on a college study/service program where she volunteered in a medical clinic in LaCeiba, Honduras. This launched her desire for service in Bolivia with Aaron through MCC where she lived and worked with indigenous women in Bañado de la Cruz, an impoverished remote river valley.
Growing up in the splendor of the Pacific Northwest, Krista's lifelong love and care for the natural world began with her years of camping and backpacking in wilderness areas. At the University of Puget Sound she worked as a leader in their backpacking orientation for freshman and later became an active participant in the national environmental program for young leaders.
We celebrate Krista's joyful life and legacy by encouraging other young adult volunteers who serve in three areas she cared for deeply.
Joy Dance written by Krista's good friend Jeremy Funk in Santa Cruz, Bolivia the night after her death. The term Joy Dance has become central to the KFGC value for nurturing our capacity to hold hope and celebration in the midst of suffering and hardship.
Krista wrote notes and emails, and composed poems as she wrestled with life's questions and processed her service experience. This section is dedicated to her writings.