(Above: Nenna, Sarah, Dani, Lolo, Megan. Front: Junior)
Daniela Rosales, San Salvador, El Salvador, Assistant to Proposals
Before arriving in Argentina, Dani worked as the General Regional Networking Manager for Healing Waters International where she was responsible for the relationships between the organization and beneficiaries, for connecting with new partner communities and for developing proposals in search of new patrons.
Dani has an undergraduate degree in Business Adminstration in the University of Galileo, Guatemala and is currently studying towards a Masters in Non-Profit Management at the Universidad of Salvador in Buenos Aires. Her goals during her time here are to finish her Masters and to serve in an area where she can use her strengths. Her passions are to work the development arena, to learn about new cultures, to spend time with friends, to dance, to hit the beach and to cook!
“I think Habitat for Humanity Argentina is an organization that does a lot to help and I love their work. I wanted to help as I could and to know more about the necessities in Argentina.”
Nenna Venema, Enschede, Holland, Loan Portfolio Assistant & Assistant to Salta Project
Nenna was living in Barcelona, Spain before travelling through Peru and arriving in Argentina. In Barcelona, Nenna worked in Extensive Customer Care for the Royal Bank of Scotland. Before this, Nenna completed an internship for an environmental organization, Lee’s Reef Project in Curacao and also volunteered for 3 months as an English teacher in a mountain village North of Pokhara in Nepal.
Nenna has a Masters in Peace, Conflict and Development through the Chair for Philosophy of Peace of UNESCO at Jaume I University in Castellon de La Plana and an undergraduate degree in International Relations at Rijks University of Groningen. Nenna’s main academic interest is Peace Education and Theatre of the Oppressed as a method for social change. She loves working on projects related to these subjects and in her free time she enjoys hiking large distances, scuba diving and rock climbing. She has also already earned a reputation in the office for her delicious cooking!
“I decided to do volunteer work in South America because I wanted to gain more experience working in the Spanish language in my field of studies. When I read about the opportunities at Habitat para la Humanidad Argentina, I was immediately enthusiastic because I found an organization that puts the values in practice that I consider essential for creating a Culture of Peace.”
Júnior Mendonça, Fortaleza, Northeastern Brazil, Loan Portfolio Assistant
Before coming to Argentina, Junior worked as National Coordinator of Social Projects in AIESEC in Brazil and also as a Project Manager in a private IT company. He was recently elected as National Director of Social Projects in AIESEC, Brazil for the term 2011-2012.
Junior was one of 96 students worldwide to be granted with a scholarship from the Fulbright Commission and the USA Department of States to attend college in the USA as a part of a Project for the 66th United States Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice. He studied at Parkland College in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, where he graduated with a degree in Information Technology.
Junior is outgoing and passionate about his family and friends. He loves listening to music, dancing, playing volleyball, watching movies, eating sushi, pastas and chocolate. Junior’s passion is to work with international relations and social projects to have a positive impact in the society through his work and, one day, to become a diplomat.
“For the past two years, I have worked with social issues based projects and I have seen the impact of this work in our society. I truly believe that Habitat for Humanity Argentina has a vision to not only build houses but also to work with families to improve their lives and I am extremely proud to be part of it. I hope to gain more experience with Habitat for Humanity to be able to become an agent of positive change on the society.”
Megan Kaseburg, Seattle, Washington, United States, Volunteer Coordinator
Prior to arriving in the Capital Federal of Argentina, Megan worked as a Legal Assistant in a law firm in her hometown of Seattle, Washington. Megan received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Sciences at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Her passions in life are travelling, sports such as running, yoga and soccer, and learning about international politics.
Megan was lured by the opportunity to volunteer in an NGO in Buenos Aires, returning to a city she had previously visited in 2009.
“Though my position here at HPHA I hope to learn more about managing and recruiting international volunteers and perhaps more importantly, to make a positive contribution to individuals in need of adequate housing in Argentina.
Laurent Guillot (Lolo), Annecy, France, Assistant to Recycling Urban Homes Project
Lolo, as he is known by friends, is from Annecy in France, a city of 150,000 habitants in the Alps close to the Swiss border. Before coming to Argentina he worked as a Construction Engineer specializing in thermal insulation and ventilation. Lolo loves sports including running, tennis and mountain sports such as as trekking, snowboarding and climbing. He has a passion for music in general and plays the guitar. He loves to spend time conversing with friends for hours, preferably over a good Argentinean Asado! While he is in Argentina, one of Lolo’s dreams is to attend a football game in a famous football stadium, preferably Riverplate as they are close to where he is living!
“All the staff here at Habitat for Humanity Argentina “buena onda” so I am happy to spend these months in Argentina in a great work atmosphere. I always wanted to volunteer and to help others for a time in my life as I think that many of us were lucky to be born in countries that provide us with the security as to our next meal and that it is our obligation as human beings to help our fellow neighbors.”
Sarah Wattie, Wellington, New Zealand, Coordinator of International Donors (see introduction on our blog in February 2011)