Aaron Banas

Aaron in El Ocotal

Aaron grew in Elwood, Illinois building tree houses, four wheeling, and canoeing. He studied international business and marketing at Marquette University.  His business minded aspirations were interrupted by a study abroad stint in San Sebastian, Spain that proved to be pivotal in his future aspirations. Inspired by a new interest for cultures, service and a bit of adventure, Aaron embarked on the first of two Peace Corps services. He served as a Family Hillside Farming volunteer in Central Honduras from 2002-2004 and later as a Habitat Conservation volunteer in the Ecuadorian Amazon from 2006-2008. Aaron returned to the classroom seeking theoretical and academic answers to dozens of questions about poverty and inequality.  Aaron completed his MA thesis at the University of Arizona in Latin American Studies in 2010. Shortly after he embarked on a two year period as a Trip Coordinator for an international agriculture development organization called Sustainable Harvest International. Currently, Aaron works as Director of a sister city organization called Project Gettysburg Leon, located in Leon, Nicaragua.

Aaron, John, and Mike in Ecuador