Jonah Brill

Hailing from the quaint town of Catskill, New York, Jonah Brill has long had a passion for travel and exploration. Before graduating from Cornell University’s school of Industrial and Labor Relations, Jonah dedicated each of his summers to a different international adventure, steeping himself in the local cultures of India, Africa, France, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. On these adventures, he rarely indulges in the cushy tourist amenities offered to travelers from the first world, instead opting for the authentic experience by staying with host families, using the local transportation and fearlessly consuming the indigenous cuisine. These adventures led to a natural transition into the Peace Corps, in which Jonah spent more than two years living with a family in the mountainous region of Simbal, Peru, taking on projects such as the construction of a local park and countless cocinas, a cleaner and healthier alternative to the open-fire wood stoves used in many Peruvian households that are poorly ventilated and give many users asthma. He also is a dedicated lifelong New York Knicks fan, another testament to his inherent dedication as he’s held steadfast loyalty even as the team lets him down year after year. Perhaps as he embarks on his next mission as a representative of Kiva in Ecuador, the team will surprise him with a chance championship victory, but more likely than not, this global citizen needs to settle with the fulfillment of helping improve the world for the better before returning to the states to earn his law degree.

Fellows Blog Posts by Jonah Brill

Mar 17, 2014 EC Ecuador

I'm currently reading Malcolm Gladwell's David and Goliath book. There's a section about London's response to the German blitzkrieg of 1940. Churchill and the rest of the government were worried that people would panic when the expected attack came. Psychiatric hospitals were set up in preparation for the mental casualties and an underground tunnel system was proposed. But when the attacks arrived, Londoners responded almost indifferently. Some claim it's a result of British stoicism but those are probably only British claims. Regardless of the personality traits, the British persevered,... Continue Reading >>