At LLI, our volunteers hail from just about everywhere. You pick a spot on the world map and chances are that we’ve had a terrific trooper volunteer for us from there.
Today we are going to talk about what brings these fantastic people together, nonstop, from different walks of life and places. Wanderlust, love of speaking Spanish, desire to give back, step out of comfort zone, urge to explore the Peruvian culture, or plain impulse for a change in pace; no reason is too small, no dream is too trivial. What’s yours? Discover with us the reasons as to why they fly from faraway lands, and keep coming back, to volunteer in this small town of Huaycan. Maybe while reading their reasons, you’ll find yours…
Keeley is the English Program Manager at LLI. Prior to coming to Huaycán, she spent 8 years teaching English in Seoul, Korea. When she’s not helping to keep the program running smoothly, Keeley likes to write novels and songs.
Sofia is the Women’s Program Manager. Originally from Finland, Sofia came to LLI because of her interest in development, and more particularly empowerment through the arts. In her free time I write songs and draw comics.
Charlotte Zilber Mann, originally from Ames, Iowa, is volunteering at LLI
while taking time off from her third year of studies at Carleton College in Northfield, MN. Wanting to improve her Spanish speaking skills by living in a Latin American country, she found LLI through a professor and immediately felt drawn by its values and mission. She is in charge of the Biblioteca (reading) Program, along with assisting with the math homework, art, and teaching an English class to the teens. On her downtime, Charlotte likes to cook and eat (of course), play her harp, and dance.
Issy chose to come to LLI because she always wanted to volunteer overseas as part of a gap year between high school and university. Coming all the way from Melbourne, Australia, LLI stood out to her among the myriad of volunteer opportunities because this one she felt was ethical and better suited her skills. Being able to openly and directly speak with the Director was a big plus! Issy mainly serves as an English teacher, taking classes of differing sizes and ages.
Her hobbies include supporting the Geelong footy club (AFL y’all!), playing sport, travelling, eating all the foods and drinking mochas.
Nina is a social worker student from Helsinki, Finland doing her last internship with LLI. As the manager of chess and math programs. she’s always wanted to come to South-America and this aspiration led her to a Finnish organization which was cooperating with LLI. She spends her free time cycling, collecting vinyls, and thinking about ways to save the world.