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Staff and volunteers

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Marcela Muñoz Téllez – Programme Manager

Marcela comes from Bogota, Colombia and joined LAFF in January 2018. She is thrilled to be placing her knowledge and experience into practice, contributing towards improving children’s access to education and assisting them in having a better livelihood. Outside of LAFF, she tries to learn as much as possible about the fascinating indigenous culture that has been so influential and prevalent in and around Cusco. Before coming to Cusco, Marcela had been living in France completing an Erasmus Mundus Masters in Sustainable Territorial Development. Volunteering in Bogota, Barcelona, Padova, Paris, and Berlin, the field of International Development is definitely not something new to Marcela. Our work philosophy and underlying values are what captivated Marcela the most; in particular LAFF’s collaborative work with local partners and our focus on sustainability.

Marcela viene de Bogotá, Colombia y lleva trabajando con LAFF desde enero del 2018. Le gusta emplear su conocimiento y experiencia para mejorar el acceso a una educación y una vida con más oportunidades a los niños en Perú. Además de LAFF, le gusta aprender tanto como sea posible sobre la cultura indígena influyente y prevalente en Cusco. Antes de LAFF, Marcela vivió en Francia donde estudió y terminó una maestría en Desarrollo Sostenible Territorial. Como voluntaria en Bogotá, Barcelona, Padova, París y Berlín, el campo del desarrollo internacional no es nuevo para Marcela. Nuestra filosofía de trabajo y valores son las razones que la cautivaron; como lo es nuestra colaboración horizontal con socios locales y nuestro enfoque en sostenibilidad.

Volunteers in Cusco

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Meichen Jin – Fundraising Coordinator

Meichen joined LAFF in June as a Fundraising Coordinator. Originally from Beijing, China, she holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Hamilton College in the United States. After graduating from college, she worked in investment banking for two years where she gained quantitative, analytical and communication skills. Meichen is eager to apply what she has learnt in the corporate world and help LAFF achieve meaningful changes in Peru.

Meichen se unió a LAFF en junio como coordinadora de recaudación de fondos. Originaria de Beijing, China, tiene un B.A. en Matemáticas de Hamilton College en los Estados Unidos. Después de graduarse de la universidad, trabajó en una banca de inversión durante dos años, donde adquirió habilidades cuantitativas, analíticas y de comunicación. Meichen está ansiosa por aplicar lo que ha aprendido en el mundo corporativo y ayudar a LAFF a lograr cambios significativos en Perú.

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Thomas Pickford – Programme Coordinator

Originally from Derbyshire in the English Midlands, Thomas moved to London to study history and Spanish at UCL. Alongside studying, Thomas spent a lot of time volunteering in various charities in London and on his year abroad in Sevilla, Spain. Thomas had always dreamt of visiting Peru since his granddad visited when he was little and brought back fascinating photos and souvenirs. Thomas hopes to use the skills he has already developed and learn new ones with LAFF, whilst getting to know this amazing country.

Originalmente de Derbyshire, en el centro de Inglaterra, Thomas se trasladó a Londres para estudiar historia y español a UCL. Junto a sus estudios, Thomas trabajaba con varias ONGs en Londres y durante su ano de ERASMUS en Sevilla, España. Thomas siempre había soñado con visitar a Perú desde su abuelo lo visitó cuando era pequeño y le trajo muchas fotos fascinantes del país. Thomas espera usar las destrezas que ya ha desarrollado y aprender unas nuevas con LAFF, mientras llegando a conocer a este país hermoso.

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Francesca Wright  – Communications Coordinator

Francesca joined LAFF in August as our Communications Coordinator. Originally from London, England, she holds a BA in English and Drama from the University of Exeter. She spent her year abroad in Shanghai, China, and then gained experience interning with various magazines and PR houses. Following graduation, she spent a year abroad in Chile where she worked as a language assistant with the British Council. She is excited to begin her work with LAFF, where she can broaden her knowledge of communications and contribute in a meaningful way.

Francesca se unió a LAFF en agosto como nuestra Coordinadora de Comunicaciones. Originaria de Londres, Inglaterra, tiene una licenciatura en inglés y drama de la Universidad de Exeter. Pasó su año en el extranjero en Shanghai, China, y luego adquirió experiencia en pasantías en varias revistas y casas de relaciones públicas. Después de su graduación, pasó un año en el extranjero en Chile, donde trabajó como asistente de idiomas en el British Council. Está emocionada de comenzar su trabajo con LAFF, donde puede ampliar su conocimiento de las comunicaciones y contribuir de manera significativa.

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Chris Hudson – Programme Coordinator

Originally from London, United Kingdom, Chris joined LAFF in mid-June as Programme Coordinator. Chris has worked with and researched various social humanitarian and ecological projects in South America. After achieving a bachelors degree in Hispanic Studies and Portuguese at QMUL, he is currently pursuing an MSc in Social Anthropology at the LSE, developing further his understanding of anthropological theory, methodology and ethnography. Chris is keen to actively apply the skills learnt throughout his studies, as well as experience in the working world to contribute to LAFF’s objectives in the beautiful Andean city of Cusco.

Originalmente de Londres, Reino Unido, Chris se unió a LAFF a mediados de junio como Coordinador del Programa. Chris ha trabajado e investigado varios proyectos sociales humanitarios y ecológicos en América del Sur. Después de obtener una licenciatura en Estudios Hispánicos y Portugués en QMUL, actualmente está cursando una Maestría en Antropología Social en LSE, desarrollando su comprensión de la teoría antropológica, la metodología y la etnografía. Chris está dispuesto a aplicar activamente las habilidades aprendidas a lo largo de sus estudios, así como su experiencia en el mundo laboral para contribuir a los objetivos de LAFF en la hermosa ciudad andina de Cusco.

Remote Volunteers

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Dawid Nawrot

Dawid has been working with data and reporting for 7 years learning lots of technologies and software along the way to fulfil all internal and external data requirements of any kind (ad-hoc requests, reports, extensive analysis, data transfers between our clients and us). He is currently LAFF’s administrator, helping  mainly with Salesforce implementation and management, gathering data through Google Sheets, supporting LAFF with the transition to better organised storage systems (Salesforce, G-Drive, Dropbox), and also helping with security (LastPass, G-Suite) and any other technical need.

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Kathryn Payman

Kathryn is a remote volunteer from the UK, on a mission to help grow LAFF’s international presence, reach more volunteers and partners and spread the word about the amazing work of the charity. After graduating in International Business and learning Spanish in Madrid, Kathryn has spent the last few years gaining professional experience in the pharmaceutical retail sector, working in the UK, Spain and Mexico. Prior to this she took part in International Development projects in South Africa, China and Peru. She has a particular soft spot for Latin America, having lived in Mexico for the last two years and spent a lot of time travelling the region. In her free time Kathryn is an adventure enthusiast with a passion for the outdoors, exploring the world and taking on new challenges, be it a new country, mountain or language! Kathryn is excited to be part of the LAFF family and learn how an NGO operates, and hopes to offer as much of her professional experience and skills as possible in order to help make a positive difference to the lives of children and families in Peru.

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Vanessa Carry

Vanessa is a freelance Spanish to English translator and translates official and technical documents, as well as subtitles and audio-visual material. She has worked in various NGOs in Spain and the UK in the marketing and fundraising departments and has volunteered for charities in the UK, Chile and Spain, such as Greenpeace, Survival International, Oxfam, the UNHCR and Childhope. Vanessa is now supporting LAFF with data management and fundraising.

Giuliana Bedoya

Giuliana is a Marketer with several years’ experience in the financial, technological and IT industries. She was born in Peru, but spent the last few years working and living in Germany. Before that, she also lived in China, the US and the UK. In Peru, she used to help other NGOs with their marketing strategy. Motivated to continue giving back to her community, she signed up to be a remote volunteer for LAFF since February 2019.

Giuliana se especializó en marketing con varios años de experiencia en las industria financiera, tecnológica y de IT. Nació en Perú, pero pasó los últimos años trabajando y viviendo en Alemania. Antes de eso, ella también vivió en China, Estados Unidos y el Reino Unido. En Perú, ella solía ayudar a otras ONG con su estrategia de marketing. Ahora, motivada a continuar devolviendo a su comunidad, se inscribió para ser una voluntaria remota de LAFF desde febrero de 2019.

Nathalia Quintillano

Nathalia Quintiliano has 11 years of experience in Supply Management, and has been working in humanitarian projects since 2014 when she joined the United Nations to assist the delivery of humanitarian aid at the border of Syria, Turkey and Jordan. Later, she joined the NGO Doctors without Borders, in Lebanon, in a project that coordinated medical facilities for displaced people and refugee camps in the Middle East. Currently, Nathalia is serving the UN in Djibouti, where she lives with her partner. As a Brazilian, she wants to contribute and get more engaged in projects in Latin America, since she plans to go back to the region she loves. Nathalia currently supports LAFF in areas of fundraising and data management.

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Annika Heinrich

Annika is from Germany and studies Languages and Economics in Cologne. In the past 4 years she has travelled to various countries and lived in New Zealand, Chile and Spain. In 2016 she volunteered for 4 months in an orphanage in Santiago de Chile and travelled to Bolivia, Peru and Brazil. During this time she fell in love with South America and its people and decided to work for a charity that operates in South American countries in the future. Annika is supporting LAFF by translating our website into German, in order to help us grow internationally and to gain support from German-speaking countries.

Annika es de Alemania y estudia lenguas y economía en Colonia. En los últimos 4 años ha viajado a varios países y ha vivido en Nueva Zelandia, Chile y España. En 2016 trabajó por 4 meses en un orfanato en Santiago de Chile y luego viajó a Bolivia, Perú y Brasil. Durante ese tiempo se enamoró de Sudamérica y su gente y decidió trabajar por una organización benéfica que opere en Sudamérica en el futuro. Annika nos apoya con la traducción de nuestra página de web al alemán, para aumentar nuestra notoriedad global y para obtener el apoyo de países de habla alemana.