Volunteer Coordinators

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    Federico Herrera

    Federico Herrera is a Costa Rica native with over 10 years experience in the hospitality industry. He has been actively involved with the International Meditation Association for more than 10 years, and has traveled extensively volunteering with them. Federico is experienced with computer systems and support, as well as water infrastructure, vehicle mechanics, and cooking. Vietnamese, Thai, Italian, Mexican, and Chinese are among his favorite cuisines, his love for nature and animals have made him a Lacto-Vegetarian for more than 15 years. He also loves sports, the ocean and all water sports.

    "Federico is a good cook and the meals provided by the local family were also good. We made excellent use of free time. Also, I wasn't afraid to ask for some time to just relax." Mary Lou Bernardo, November 2012

    "Federico is one of the nicest people I've ever met. He made my experience so much more enjoyable and I thought he handled everything very well. Thank you Globe Aware, Federico, my class that I got to work with, and the people of El Sur. You guys are awesome." - Julia Jones, June 2012

    "I was in Parismina with Federico - he was always helping right alongside with us."  - Volunteer, February 2012

    " Our in-country host, Federico Herrera, was knowledgeable, committed, low-anxiety and very pleasant to work and live with for 8 days." - Walter Tennyson, April 2010

    "Our guide, Federico was fabulous. He knows the place and the people very well." - Lynn McMahon, May 2010

     

     

    Federico Herrera
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    Gilda Sánchez Salazar

    Hello! My name is Gilda Sánchez Salazar. I am married with three children, two of whom are grown up and have since moved away from El Sur. I like English very much and understand best when people speak slowly. My childhood in El Sur was beautiful, with my parents and three brothers. My favorite hobbies are to read, write and knit. I have been an active member of EcoSur for fifteen years, and as a group we have been receiving Globe Aware volunteers for the past six of those years. I am looking forward to being the Globe Aware coordinator in El Sur so I can share still more time with volunteers. ¡Pura Vida!

    "Gilda is very nice and friendly. She makes you feel safe and feel like at home. She understands and speaks English well." - Cathy Toribio, August 2012

    "The people in El Sur were incredible, gracious, patient, I cannot say enough. We were welcomed with open arms by all the families. Gilda, Mario, Ronald and their families were particularly amazing."  - James Quackenbush, August 2012 

     "Gilda is the most incredible coordinator. She is very well organized, very caring and fun to be with! She thinks of everything. Our time with her couldn't have been better." - Michelle Maloney, March 2012  

     

    Gilda Sanchez Salazar
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    Rocio Enriquez

    ¡Hola! My name is Rocio and I was born and grew up in Cusco, Peru and I currently live in San Sebastian, Cusco, with the kids of the Albergue. I’m the youngest of 2 brothers and one sister. Since 8 years ago I have been living in the Albergue where I help working with kids and also serve time in the office because I also have skills as a secretary, accountant and information specialist. I speak Spanish as my first language, Quechua (I learned when I was a child with my grandmother, but now I practice with the kids of the Albergue) and English (I learned 3 years ago studying in a language center). I have worked in a High School teaching English where my students speak more Quechua than Spanish. It is interesting and gratifying work helping kids that need so much. I enjoy listening to different kinds of music, I love dances, and I enjoy helping our special community kids. I’m waiting for you in the Albergue!

     

    "Rocio made this trip so special. You can see how much the children adore her and she loves the,. She went out of her way to show us not onlyl the sites, but to giveus a glimpse into the culture. We went to Palm Sunday Mass, the procession of Senor de los Temblores, markets, a home for dinner, and a student's home to help make a clay stove. She is a special person."  - Donna Kaylor, March 2013

    "Rocio did a great job of showing us around. Our time was maximized. Rocio does a wonderful job of caring for the kids and ensuring that they learn and gain valuable skills. We were graciously welcomed by all those we encountered"  - Jeff Roberts, March 2013 

    "I had more than enough free time, the food was great (many thanks to señora Alicia!). During my free time I went to beautiful places, all well arranged by the volunteer coordinator (Rocio)." -Marta Carvalheiro, September 2012

    "Rocio was great at providing context and information. Fernando and Rocio really tried to give us what we wanted. We got to see the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu thanks to them."  - Volunteer, August 2012

    "Rocio was an amazing conduit to the Andean culture." - Astrid Hagen, June 2012

    "Everyone in the albergue made me feel welcome in their hearts and their home." April McCarthy-Morgan, April 2012

    "I thought our local program coordinator, Rocio, was remarkable." Nicole Rubin, November 2011

     "I was surprised at how close I felt to Rocio, the program director. She works so hard and is so much to so many people!" - Aimee Little, November 2011

    "Rocio went out of her way to make sure that we saw the sights of Cusco. She was awesome and so were all of the others that we worked with." - Melissa Klein, June 2011

    "The best part of the trip was meeting the children and Rocio." - Claudia B. Geiger, April 2011

    "After an hour of knowing Rocio, we instantly felt what was important to her was worth anything. Rocio was very informative about everything we had planned each day." - Kate Watts, September 2010

    "Rocio was a  fantastic and patient host." - Volunteer, June 2010

    "The children and the staff members that work in the home are so humble and their hospitality was such a blessing to my life." - Angelina Semino, May 2010

    Rocio Enriquez
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    Somphone Keomany, "Kelvin"

    Somphone Keomany, also known as "Kelvin," has been working with Globe Aware since 2006. He became our lead coordinator in the spring of 2008. Kelvin is extremely well connected in the Luang Prabang area, and has no shortage of project opportunities for volunteers. He is extremely gracious, and loves helping visitors get to know Laos better. In his spare time, Kelvin offers mountain bike tours around Laos, and he also drives a tuk-tuk. He has a wife and a 4 year-old son named Kelvin.

    "The people in Lao are very kind, polite and generous. I love how they are very social and in the villages ther eis much socializing and eating together. They are a real community in every sense of the word." - Diane Favia, February 2012 

    I cannot speak more highly of the respect I have for Kelvin. He was prompt, educational and articulate. He has such a gift with the children and was of great assistance helping me assess the children's competence of English prior to leaving me in a classroom of smiley faces and eagerness. Thank you to everyone at Globe Aware for being responsible for changing people's lives for the better and I love your offsetting of carbon emission charter." - Margaret Wishart, October 2010

     

    Kelvin
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    Simona Radu


    Hello volunteers! I'm Simona, a 26 year old Romanian. I am energetic, sympathetic, supportive, a hard worker (ready - to - volunteer myself), optimistic, organized in work, but also funny and impulsive in the free time. I am licensed in English-Italian, an ex-real estate agent, pension administrator, translator/interpreter and Globe Aware coordinator. I am an ex-ballet dancer,  ex mandolin & guitar player, ex chorus singer, ex handball player, ex holiday waiter! I enjoy great books, am an avid reader, I love studying Romanian stories & legends, and I am proud of Romanian traditions & customs. Let's have fun and help people together, it's the only thing that makes us complete human beings and you know that better than the majority

    "I had a fine time in Romania, one of my best Globe Aware trips. Simona does a great job for you and provides a memorable experience for the volunteers. She was happy because we finished the last section of roof on the community center in time for winter. A busy but satisfying week! I did want you to know what a wonderful week (Simona) provided me in Romania. It was even more special because we were treated more like a part of her family than visitors. Simona has a generous and kind heart and I wish her much success!" - Mark Sanger, November 2012


    "Simona is both an exceptional teacher and an inspiration. Simona's family are incredibly kind people. One thing that resonated with me was how she said that a classroom was really a reflection of yourself and what you bring. She really is a wise teacher and we are all very lucky to have her fulfilling this role." - Natalie Poltz, October 2012

    Simona Radu
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    Saphire Stockman

    Saphire is recent graduate of the University of Kansas, where she received her Bachelor's in Women's Studies with a co-major of International Studies in Latin America. She first traveled to Costa Rica in 2011 to spend a semester studying at the University of Costa Rica, and returned to live there in May of 2012.

    She is from Kansas City, Kansas, and her parents and older brother live there. In her free time Saphire loves dancing, painting, traveling and refereeing soccer. She loves languages and in addition to English she speaks Spanish and is fluent in ASL (American Sign Language), and she is currently studying Portuguese. More importantly, she loves to have fun, which is always better while helping people!

     

    "Saphire exceeded my expectations. It was clear that the people of the community love her and treat her as a member of their own community. Her commitment to the mission of your organization and to ensuring a positive experience for her guests cannot be overstated. Bravo Saphire! Bravo Globe Aware!" - Geoff Morrison, March 2013.

     

     

    Saphire
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