Sarah Kunkel is a native of Chelan. She attended Chelan High School where she excelled as a student, was Miss Lake Chelan and President of Interact. Following her high School graduation in 2014, rather than continuing directly to college, she made the decision to take a travelling gap year before university… which became two years.
She began in France: working on farms, renovating houses, and relishing the pace of life. After that, Sarah found herself in the Balkan states (primarily Croatia, Bosnia, and Serbia) and spent time immersed in the culture. She learned the local language and of the turbulent history in former Yugoslavia. During this time, she also started to volunteer with refugees and migrants travelling along the so-called “Balkan Route”.
Beginning in January 2016 she has spent the majority of her time in refugee camps on the borders of Serbia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Greece and Macedonia. Sarah helped with distribution of food and supplies, building and fixing tents, and inciting silliness in an attempt to draw out smiles in a dark time. Sarah has returned to Chelan with a passion for social justice and a desire to share firsthand she has learn