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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

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.

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,

Agathe Goasguen – Communications Coordinator

Agathe joined LAFF in May as a communications coordinator. Originally from France, she can never resist her wanderlust. Having lived in five countries, she currently calls the UK her home. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management and worked for two years in the industry. She decided to take a gap year before starting her MSc in Marketing and Digital in September. She is very excited to start working with LAFF and apply what she learnt in the past to bring awareness and help achieve meaningful changes.

Agathe se unió a LAFF en mayo como coordinadora de comunicaciones. Originaria de Francia, nunca puede resistirse a su pasión por los viajes. Habiendo vivido en cinco países, actualmente llama al Reino Unido su hogar. Cuenta con una licenciatura en administración hotelera y trabajó durante dos años en la industria. Decidió tomar un año sabático antes de comenzar su maestría en Marketing y Medios Digitales en septiembre. Está muy emocionada de comenzar a trabajar con LAFF y aplicar lo que aprendió en el pasado para crear conciencia y ayudar a lograr cambios significativos.

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.

Silvia Garrido López – HR Strategy Adviser

Silvia joined LAFF early April as HR Strategy Advisor. Originally from Sevilla, Spain, she is an international soul at heart. She has studied and worked in several European countries, Switzerland being her current home. She holds a M.A. in English and Linguistics from the University of Seville and a M.Sc. in Economic and Politics from the Charles University in Prague. After working a few years in Finance she turned her career towards Human Resources where she has been working for the last few years, and she is currently taking a gap year to volunteer, finish her M.Sc. in HR Management and travel to remote lands! She is enthusiastically joining LAFF and looking forward to support with the ideation and building of LAFF’s new 5-year HR strategic plan.

Silvia se unió a LAFF a principios de abril como Asesor de Estrategia de Recursos Humanos. Ella es originaria de Sevilla, España, pero un alma internacional en el corazón. Ella ha estudiado y trabajado en varios países europeos siendo Suiza su hogar actual. Posee un master en inglés y lingüística por la Universidad de Sevilla y un master en economía y política por la Universidad Carolina de Praga. Después de trabajar unos años en finanzas, cambió su carrera hacia recursos humanos, donde ha estado trabajando los últimos años. Actualmente se está tomando un año sabático para trabajar de voluntaria, terminar su master en gestión de recursos humanos y viajar a tierras remotas. Ella se une con entusiasmo a LAFF y espera poder apoyar con la ideación y la construcción del nuevo plan estratégico de RRHH para los próximos 5 años.

Remote Volunteers

Louise Ball

Louise is a communications expert with over eight years of experience in not-for-profit communications, having worked for organisations such as the Overseas Development Institute and the International Bar and the Association’s Human Rights Institute in London, UK. Louise currently lives in Medellin, Colombia and supports all areas of LAFF’s Communications and Marketing programme.

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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.

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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Henriette Brun

Henriette is from Norway but is based in London. She has worked with marketing for charities the past years and will help LAFF with their marketing strategy as well as help with fundraising events in London.