Leana Nápoles

Volunteer: Leana Nápoles


Leana was born and raised in the Mission District of San Francisco, California and attended Lick-Wilmerding High School. She graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA with a major in Diplomacy and World Affairs, with an emphasis in public health and minored in Spanish. While at Occidental College, Leana played on the varsity women’s basketball team and was the philanthropy and service chair for the Eta Mu chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity. Leana was awarded a grant through the Occidental College Young Fund to do HIV/AIDS and health education in the rural village of Belle Yella, Liberia during summer 2009.
Throughout college, Leana worked as a research assistant for the Institute for Global Health at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) with an emphasis in HIV/AIDS studies.

Currently, Leana is serving as a HIV/AIDS Program Volunteer with the Municipio de Guayaquil in the city of Guayaquil. As a volunteer, Leana has spent the first few months in site doing pre and post HIV/AIDS consejerias, surveillance of HIV/AIDS test promotion in the Municipio run hospitals and giving mini-charlas in the hospital waiting rooms.


As a Peace Corps volunteer, Leana’s goals are to help improve HIV/AIDS education and the promotion of HIV/AIDS test with patients in the Municipio de Guayaquil run  hospitals. Her main project will be working at Hospital Jacobo y Maria Elena Ratinoff doing HIV/AIDS consejerias and charlas.  In the near future, Leana plans to begin teaching the “Cuanto Sabes de VIH y SIDA” program in high schools in Guayaquil.  


After serving in the Peace Corps, Leana hopes to return to school to receive a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) and then apply to medical school.

2010 - 2012

Contributions from Leana Nápoles

  1. Ecuador Bailarinas de Ecuador

    Our traditional Ecuadorian dance group of PCVs at family celebration day in Ayora - Ecuador.

  2. Ecuador Group Hug

    Hanging out with the preschoolers at the Centro de Infantil after a health charla in Paquiestancia - Ecuador

  3. Ecuador Milking at Sunset

    Milking cows with my host family in Paquiestancia - Ecuador as the sun sets over the green hills.

  4. Ecuador Youth

    Preschoolers at the Centro de Infantil in Paquiestancia - Ecuador.

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“Sunset at the Railroad” by PCV Nicholas Baylor Hall. Namibia, 2011.