Sarah became LAFF’s International Partnerships Manager in August 2014, having previously spent eight months as the Vocational Training and Career Guidance Programme Coordinator. Sarah studied Spanish, French and Linguistics at Cambridge University in the UK, during which time she spent nine months working in Cusco as the coordinator of a non-profit language school. Having become interested in international development and the role of the non-profit sector during her time in Peru, Sarah went on to complete a Master’s degree in International Development at Bristol University followed by a year on the Charityworks graduate management programme where she coordinated the Back to Work Programme at a housing association. Sarah’s approach to development is informed both by her studies and her experience on the ground and she has a particular interest in the politics of language and its effect on inequality, which is especially relevant in the Quechua-speaking region where most of LAFF’s activities are based.
Arianna, one of our former International Partnerships Managers, grew up in South America, moving between Peru and Venezuela which sparked her interest for International Development. This led her to complete a BA in Political Science at LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome, where she is originally from, and an MSc in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She became our International Partnerships Manager in summer 2013, having spent 4 months in the role of Vocational Training and Career Guidance Coordinator. With a good grasp of local customs and reality Arianna brings a dynamic approach to the table.
Samantha joined LAFF’s team in June 2015 as Fundraising Officer. Enrolled in a Master in Strategic Management at Paris Dauphine University, she plans on using her strategy and organisation knowledge to work in the non-profit sector. Her interest in education-related issues has led her to get involved in several programs in France. In particular, her experience as President of her University Charity, which aims to promote education for Togolese youth, allowed her to develop skills in fundraising. She has also gained competencies in communication and project management from her previous work experience in the consulting sector. Through her volunteer experience at LAFF, she hopes to learn more about the development field as well as contribute to helping young people acquire their independence.
Ellie joined the LAFF team in February 2015 to work alongside Jan Jetter as the Social Enterprise Programme Coordinator. Having graduated with a BSc in Economics from the University of Birmingham in 2014, Ellie is looking to gain further experience of economic development and social enterprise in Peru. Previous experience has included working in economic development for the NGO, SKIP (Supporting Kids in Peru), in Trujillo in Peru. This included coordinating sales of handmade products made by local women and running the microcredit office for families who required small loans used for business, health and education. In the future, Ellie will be studying for a MSc in Economics, followed by a PhD in development economics, focussing on women and microfinance in South America.
Jan joined LAFF in March of 2015 and is our current Social Enterprise Coordinator, alongside Ellie Adamiw. He studies Economics and Finance at McGill University in Canada and has a special interest in development issues. Jan has Latin-American roots and was keen on re-visiting his native soil to better understand local culture and pursue his interest in development economics. He is currently on a semester abroad for LAFF and hopes to deepen his knowledge further. He has a particular interest in how technology and modern finance applications can help alleviate poverty and support financial inclusion. Having collected experience from the consulting and finance sector, Jan is keen to support local social enterprises and put them on a sustainable path.
Roberto joined LAFF in January 2015 as International Partnerships Assistant. He holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in International Cooperation and Development from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. During his studies, he took part in the EU Youth Conference and Meeting in Belgium, Poland and Turkey as Italian national delegate for Structured Dialogue. He also volunteered part-time for a cultural association promoting social inclusion in the city of Rome. His post-graduate experience started in March 2014 and includes internships for small NGOs in Cameroon, Argentina and Peru. During this time he had the opportunity to work in the field and get to know better how the non-profit sector works. He became interested in Fundraising and Communications and hopes to become an expert in the future.
Myriam joined the LAFF team in March 2014 as International Partnerships Assistant. During her Bachelor’s Degree in Languages and International Relations, she developed a strong interest in Latin American culture and development. She started a Master’s Degree in Project Management and International Development at the University of Aix-Marseille in France. She has experience working in NGOs and she is vice-president of a student charity association specialized in event organization, project management and fundraising. She is happy to put her experience at the service of at-risk children in Peru and to support LAFF’s work.
Recently graduated in Social Education and Youth Policies, Cindy joined LAFF as the Vocational Training and Career Guidance Programme Coordinator in August 2013. During her studies she gained experience at an NGO in the Netherlands that focuses on children with disabilities in developing countries. Also, she went to Nicaragua for her master thesis, which included the prevention of child mistreatment within organisations. In addition, Cindy has experience in working as a mentor for at-risk children and dedicated herself to help adopted children and their families in the Netherlands. Now she will put her effort in helping the Peruvian children and youth of LAFF.
Trilce lived in Peru until she was 16. From a young age, she was able to observe how Peruvian society works, however unjust in some cases. Due to her interest in the political aspect of how other societies work, she finished high school in Hong Kong and later completed a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science, Sociology and Development at University College Utrecht in the Netherlands. Trilce’s experences abroad have had a crucial impact on how she perceives and understands important concepts such as democracy, government, poverty, policy, among others. Due to her commitment to Peru, she is determined to collaborate in the improvement and support of young Peruvians who are exposed to violence. Trilce took over the position of Vocational Training and Career Guidance Programme Coordinator in July 2013 and will be helping the LAFF team with different tasks during the month of September. We are glad to have an enthusiastic native Peruvian as a part of our team.
Danielle joined the LAFF team in February 2013 as the first Monitoring & Evaluation Advisor. She completed her undergraduate degree in international development and cultural anthropology in 2008 and her Master’s in public policy and administration in 2010. She has two years evaluation experience working for a consulting firm in Ottawa, Canada. She has previously volunteered overseas in Haiti and Kenya, working on children’s issues including access to education. Danielle was able to devise LAFF’s first M&E overview and strategy for the future, whilst living in Cusco, practicing Spanish, eating amazing food, and working with LAFF and its partners. She is now managing the recruitment of new team members for LAFF from Canada.
When Radhika isn’t teaching our beneficiaries Bollywood dancing, she makes fundraising films. She joined the team in summer of 2013 whilst on a sabbatical from her present job at Sky News in London to give more visibility to LAFF’s activities through the audio/visual medium. Her experience of working with charities goes back to when she accompanied her social-worker mother to different projects in her hometown of Mumbai, India. She moved to the UK to pursue a Master’s degree in TV Production in 2005. In the past few years, Radhika has worked on various projects with Amnesty International UK and volunteered at West Middlesex Radio. Having spent the summer with LAFF filming our work, beneficiaries and partners, Radhika has now returned to the UK to produce fundraising films for LAFF.
Meredith took over as Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor in May 2013 to develop and implement an M&E system so LAFF can better track and report our activities and impacts. She brings over 5 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation in the development field, most notably in providing guidance and capacity-building to small organizations in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania to develop their own internal monitoring and evaluation systems. Meredith holds a Master’s degree in economics from the University of Virginia and Bachelors’ degrees in economics and biochemistry from Bucknell University. Meredith continues to support LAFF with M&E from home now she has finished her stint with us in Cusco.
Harriet joined LAFF as the social enterprise coordinator for the summer of 2013, having previously worked as a sustainability strategy consultant in Switzerland. Her role was to support LAFF’s project partners in developing social enterprises to increase their financial sustainability. Harriet previously led and managed an international students organization for sustainability in economics and management, oikos International, which has over 40 student groups worldwide. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Government and Economics at the London School of Economics, UK, and is returning to university to pursue a Master’s degree in Sustainable Development at HEC Paris, France.
Julie joined the LAFF team as International Partnerships Manager Assistant in summer 2013, after her volunteer experience in Cuzco with Azul Wasi, one of LAFF partners, where she met a group of thriving, open minded and loving kids. Having just graduated from a bilingual [English/Spanish] degree in international business, Julie returned to Cuzco to continue to build a career in international development. Julie has been using her Spanish skills and prior field experience to help LAFF with programme activities such as beneficiary interviews, case studies and supporting photography and filming at our partner organisations. Next, she plans to carry further studies that allow her to explore the different cultures and economies of Latin American countries.
Eleanor’s background is in architecture and construction, and she has experience managing a number of community development projects in the UK, Spain and the Netherlands. Following her travels through various parts of Latin America, she joined LAFF in summer 2013 to pursue her interests in social empowerment through participation, enterprise and education. Originally from London, Eleanor graduated from Cardiff University with a Master’s in Architecture, and has been helping to coordinate the construction of the new Sacred Valley Project’s school building.
Tatiana has been working in development and humanitarian aid projects for over 5 years. Being Peruvian, she has a comprehensive knowledge of the adversities faced by vulnerable children and youth in the country, which motivated her to work with LAFF. Moreover, she is particularly interested in development projects in the education and healthcare sectors. Tatiana has a BSc. in International Trade and Development (GRS) from the University of British Columbia and took part in the Erasmus Mundus double-masters degree in Public Policy, obtaining both an MA in Development Studies and an MA in International Relations.
Jenni joined LAFF with the first international volunteer cohort in 2012, to become LAFF’s first Social Enterprise Programme Coordinator. Jenni’s experience in working with homeless and vulnerable people in London and Finland will bring fresh ideas to LAFF and partner organisations’ work. Whilst working in London, a lot of Jenni’s clients were from Latin America and this together with her long lasting interest towards international development and Latin America made her join LAFF. Jenni’s work experience, her postgraduate studies in Public Policy and Management together with her fluent Spanish enabled her to help LAFF and partner organisations in developing our social enterprise projects, by helping one of our partners build a business proposal for a new social enterprise.
Jess joined the LAFF team in July 2012 as Communications and Information Officer. A first-year University student studying English and Spanish, Jess has a lot of experience working with children, including volunteering at a disabled school and also assisting in sport and music training for young people. She also has a keen interest in journalism and was excited to assist LAFF in Communications. Staying in Cusco for 3 months, Jess gained first-hand experience in International Development and assisted LAFF through a range of communication projects.
Sarah joined the LAFF volunteer team in September 2012 as the Vocational Training and Career Guidance Programme Coordinator. Sarah has over two years experience working in the international development sector, having previously worked for an international health charity and a housing association. Sarah came with experience of project and financial management and strengthening organisational systems, as well designing Business English training programmes. Sarah’s interest in Latin America came from studying Spanish at university, and she is passionate about helping to improve the situation of marginalised and vulnerable children in Peru.
Maria became a LAFF volunteer in September 2012, taking over from Jess as Communications and Information Officer. Having completed 2 years of her Modern Languages degree, she spent 6 months in Cusco as part of her Year Abroad. Maria first came to South America in 2009 on a World Challenge expedition to Brazil, which sparked her interest in working with vulnerable and marginalised individuals. She has previously worked with children in the UK as a mentor and tutor, but in her first role in International Development, Maria gained valuable experience in Communications, managing our communications and supported our partner organisations.
Holly has been involved with LAFF since its inception but became an honorary Trustee in summer 2011 for her dedicated support to all things admin. Holly was working in the legal sector in the city but recently qualified as a secondary science teacher through the charity Teach First which aims to address educational disadvantage. Holly has also been lucky enough to travel to Peru and see the projects in action, and her legal and education background means she brings another important outlook to the team.
Chris joined the team following LAFF’s fourth successful bid to Vodafone Foundation World of Difference Programme in 2012. The funding provided the opportunity for Chris to develop a system to recruit, assess and train volunteers to go out and support LAFF’s work in Peru in the summer of 2012. Chris brings with him 8 years of experience working in the development sector, mainly with Voluntary Service Overseas, both in the UK and overseas.
Hannah first came to Peru in 2005, where she worked as Volunteer Coordinator and then Regional Manager for Madventurer, a volunteer-sending organisation implementing education and infrastructure projects. Whilst in Peru, Hannah became our first voluntary ‘man on the ground’ helping LAFF with project support and grant distribution, before returning to the UK, becoming a trustee and working tirelessly on fundraising efforts from the UK.
Hannah passed away in July 2010, losing her two year battle to brain cancer. She fought tirelessly for LAFF’s cause until the very end, being involved with event planning, fundraising and incredibly completing a sponsored swim the channel whilst undergoing chemotherapy. Hannah remains an inspiration to LAFF’s team and will forever be an honorary Trustee in spirit due to her unrelenting dedication, energy and enthusiasm. You can donate in Hannah’s memory by clicking on this link to Hannah’s Fund.
Previous International Projects Manager Fran’s desire to work in International Development was fired by a year volunteering in Peru during her university studies. While in Peru in 2005-6 she volunteered with a police-run refuge for street children in Cuzco and was instrumental in setting up a home for former street children which went on to become one of LAFF’s partner projects. After graduating, Fran worked as Training Programme Manager for Engineers Without Borders UK, whilst taking a Certificate of Higher Education in International Development. After becoming part of the LAFF team in January 2010, Fran won one of eight places available through the Vodafone Foundation World of Difference International Programme to work as LAFF’s International Projects Manager. Fran has now moved on to work for an education charity in Honduras.
Steph moved to Cusco to join LAFF as Vocational Training and Career Guidance Programme Coordinator in September 2015. She has an undergraduate degree in English and Related Literature from the University of York and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Manchester, both in the United Kingdom. An ambassador of the Teach First programme and qualified English teacher, she spent five years teaching in challenging schools in the Greater Manchester region and worked in a number of different leadership roles during that period. Since leaving her job in July 2014, she has interned For Teach For All in London, researching the characteristics of effective global education systems and The Tutor Trust, Manchester, evaluating tutor training practices. She recently spent 11 months in Bolivia, volunteering with BiblioWorks and Up Close Bolivia, two education and community development social enterprises. Having arrived in Cusco, she is excited to work with the LAFF team to improve the life chances of the children and young people in each of the LAFF projects.
Katie joined LAFF as the International Partnership Assistant in September of 2015. She graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and minors in both English and Business. While preparing to return to school for her Masters in Business Administration, she has interned with the Women’s Global Empowerment Fund, Accion, and the Colorado Nonprofit Association. By working with a variety of nonprofits Katie hopes to develop a thorough and pragmatic understanding of industry needs so that one day she can one consult within the nonprofit sector. As LAFF does consulting for several local nonprofits, she is very excited to join the team and looks forward to contributing to the success of LAFF’s Peruvian partners!
Mariasilvia joined LAFF in June 2015 as Vocational Training and Career Guidance Programme Coordinator. She studied Political Science and International Relations at the University of Florence, in Italy, and then obtained a Master of Science in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from the London School of Economics and Political Science. After gaining experience as a trainee at the Consulate General of Italy in New York, she became first Fundraising and then Project intern in the London office of the Kindu Trust, a charity working for disadvantaged children in Ethiopia. She then decided it was time to leave London and move to the field and she joined LAFF in Peru, given her great fascination for South American culture. She hopes this experience with LAFF will enable her to get a closer look on the management of development projects and to discover more about multifaceted Peruvian reality.
Carole carried out a volunteer assignment with LAFF over February and March 2016. She is an accountant and provided LAFF with guidance and training regarding financial processing, control and reporting. Carole graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University with a BA (Honors) in Accountancy before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant through ICAS in August 2012. After working and qualifying in Scotland, she went on to work in Australia and more recently in the Cayman Islands. In between jobs she has travelled to many countries; in some of these she witnessed child poverty first hand and this motivated her to pursue volunteering opportunities to help make a difference to those with access to few resources. Carole found LAFF through a UK-based organisation called Accounting for International Development which places volunteer accountants with their partner charities all over the world.
Alejandro Garrido Garcia
Alejandro was our programmes coordinator and worked on LAFF’s internal processes, administration and capacity building for our partner organisations. Originally from Madrid, Alejandro spent 6 years working in London as a Hotel Contractor for JacTravel. While at LAFF, Alejandro made a positive impact with contributions that are destined to last long after his time with us. After finishing with LAFF, Alejandro planned to travel through South America for as long as his savings and strength would last.
Amber helps us and our partner projects with our communications; publicising our work, the work of our partners and the achievements of the young people we support. Her favorite part of working with LAFF is seeing the enthusiasm in the children that participate in our workshops and programs, and how they seize the opportunity to always learn more. Aside from volunteering with LAFF, Amber works as an Adventure Guide, leading families on trips all over the world. Originally from Portland, OR, USA, Amber is a world traveler and self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie, so Cusco is the ideal place for her to settle in for a bit. If Amber could only eat one thing for the rest of her life, it would most definitely be a big veggie burrito with extra guacamole.