I graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2015 with a doctorate in cultural anthropology, a graduate certificate in human rights, and above all the desire to work towards something meaningful beyond my own career. With América Solidaria I can contribute to a practical effort to forge connections and create change across this hemisphere. My thesis focused on the role of international development volunteers in building capacity (and dependency) in grassroots organizations in Guatemala, where I worked as the volunteer coordinator at Trama Textiles, a regional artisan cooperative. Guatemala also gave me my love of salsa dancing, backstrap weaving, and singing in public.
I am Lina Valbuena and I am from Bogota. I have a degree in international studies from the Universidad del Rosario and I specialized on International Cooperation and Project Management for Development program at Universidad Externado de Colombia. I worked 2 years at Partnerships Department in America Solidaria Colombia; and previously, I was the Project Manager of a Marketing and Social Corporate Responsability Company. Life took me down a path that led me –to my surprise– to America Solidaria, an organization that provides real support to communities. This is powerful inspiration. We realize that as inhabitants of the same hemisphere we are duty-bound to work together for a more just future.
I am Felipe Orthous from Santiago, Chile. I have a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Gabriela Mistral University. Before moving to Washington, DC, I worked at BBVA bank in sales. Ever since I graduated, I have looked for a way to contribute directly and tangibly to people and communities. With America Solidaria, I have the chance to collaborate with their effort to create a better and more just world. What better reason to work?