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Staff and volunteers

Macarena Martinez

Macarena Martínez – Programme Manager

Macarena is of Peruvian origin and heart. She is fond of the diversity found in her country’s people and landscape, its rich past and present culture and, of course, its delicious food full of identity. While studying Philosophy at PUCP university in Lima, she took courses on sociology and public policies that helped her deepen her knowledge of Peru’s social and political dimensions and strengthen her commitment to a better future. In January 2020, Macarena joins LAFF’s team to use her work experience in innovation and project management to achieve a vision she strongly believes in: a Peru where children and young adults can enjoy equal opportunities brought out by quality education.

Macarena es peruana de origen y corazón; amante de la diversidad que hay en su gente y sus paisajes, de su rica cultura pasada y presente y por supuesto, de su comida. Mientras estudiaba Filosofía en la PUCP, llevó cursos de sociología y políticas públicas que la ayudaron a profundizar su conocimiento y compromiso con la realidad social peruana. En enero del 2020, Macarena llega a LAFF para aplicar su experiencia en innovación y gestión de proyectos en una misión que resuena en lo más profundo de ella: lograr condiciones de igualdad para niños y jóvenes peruanos a partir del acceso a una educación de calidad con enfoque en desarrollo personal.

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Rachel Wierszycki – Programme Coordinator

Rachel joined LAFF in October as our Programme Coordinator. Originally from Oxford, UK, she has just completed a BA Geography degree at Durham University and has experience volunteering with vulnerable communities, having worked in Moria Refugee Camp in Lesvos last summer as well as with various organisations in the UK. She is excited to have the opportunity to learn more about international development and non-profit organisations in the context of LAFF’s sustainable and community-focussed approach. During her time in Cusco she hopes to contribute to LAFF’s work while gaining valuable skills in order to be able to continue a career in the sector.

Rachel se unió a LAFF en octubre como nuestra coordinadora de programas. Viene de Oxford, Reino Unido y recientemente completó una licenciatura en geografía y tiene experiencia trabajando con comunidades vulnerables; pasó tiempo trabajando en el campo de refugiados “Moria” en Lesvos así como en varios organizaciones en el Reino Unido. Está emocionada de tener la oportunidad aprender más sobre el desarrollo internacional y las ONGs en el contexto del enfoque de desarrollo sostenible y comunitario de LAFF. Durante su tiempo en Cusco ella quiere contribuir al trabajo de LAFF mientras gana habilidades importantes para continuar su carrera en este sector.


Shannon Kaiser – Fundraising Coordinator

Shannon has recently joined LAFF as the fundraising coordinator. Shannon has experience in the charity sector, having worked in corporate and trusts fundraising for medical research and social justice organisations. She has also worked with international organisations in Spain and Germany, providing support to recently arrived refugees and working on community projects. Having studied languages at university in the UK, Shannon is thrilled to be using her Spanish here in Cusco. Shannon is passionate about LAFF’s mission and is ready to put her skills to use and make a positive difference during her time in Peru.

Shannon recientemente se unió a LAFF como la coordinadora de recaudación de fondos. Shannon tiene experiencia en el sector sin ánimo de lucro, trabajando por organizaciones de investigaciones médicas de justicia sociale como recaudadora de fondos corporativos y fiduciarios. También ha trabajado con organizaciones internacionales en Españaa y Alemania, proporcionando ayuda a refugiados recientemente llegados y trabajando en proyectos comunitarios. Estudió Idiomas en la Universidad en el Reino Unido y ahora Shannon está encantada de utilizar su español aquí en Cusco. Shannon se siente apasionada por la misión de LAFF y está lista para poner en práctica sus habilidades y hacer una diferencia positiva durante su tiempo en Peru.

Remote Volunteers


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.


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.


Anika Kaul

Anika is from London and joined LAFF as a school ambassador in September. She is really interested in film and is currently studying Spanish, which she will continue at university. Her interest in Latin American culture led her to LAFF. She is eager to use her privilege as a student in London to help children in Peru to gain a proper education which will provide them with more opportunities in the future.

Anika viene de Londres y se unió a LAFF como embajadora escolar en septiembre. Está muy interesada en el cine y actualmente estudia español, que continuará en la universidad. Su interés en la cultura latinoamericana la llevó a LAFF. Está emocionada por usar su privilegio como estudiante en Londres para ayudar a los niños en Perú a obtener una educación adecuada que les brindará más oportunidades en el futuro.


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.