Christopher John Lindstrom, M.A.
Trek Manager in New York
Christopher is currently the Trek Director at buildOn.org. He has 20+ years of experience as a team leader and facilitator in grassroots International Development, Peace & Conflict Resolution and Service Learning. He is a multilingual program manager (B.A. French from Ohio State University, with Bambara & Spanish studies overseas) a youth development specialist (M.A., Peace Studies with PYD focus from Int'l Christian University, Japan) leading, recruiting, training, backstopping and providing logistical support and facilitating leadership skill building to academics and international volunteers within the developing world context.
A veteran group leader for private organizations and some of North America's most prestigious schools, Christopher manages orientations, financial reporting, logistical support and debriefs. He also worked for the United States Federal Government with both AmeriCorps and Peace Corps in Washington, D.C. recruiting and training volunteers and leading 24/7 service project experiences and developing environmental education curriculum respectively.
As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, West Africa in the Natural Resource Management Sector, he helped local communities to create women’s garden cooperatives, literacy programs, home constructions without wood and more. His professional experiences have taken him throughout Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Western Europe along with extensive experiences in Southeast Asia, the East and West Africa, and the South Pacific and he is a proud holder of the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award.
Prior, he been coordinating international language teaching and facilitating conflict resolution education aboard Peace Boat, a 30+ year old Japanese NGO recognized by the United Nations for its humanitarian initiatives. He holds an M.A. in Peace Studies as a former Rotary International Peace Fellow at Tokyo's International Christian University.
Specialties include: International Humanitarian Volunteer Logistics, Program Management, Team Leading and Trouble shooting