For the third consecutive year, the United States will receive the valuable contributions of Latin American professional volunteers. From 2016 to 2017, our volunteers will serve with NGOs and vulnerable communities in the United States, specifically in New York, Virginia and Washington DC; with the conviction that it is possible to transform an entire continent into a more egalitarian place for all to live.
Volunteers are currently receiving an orientation in Santiago, Chile and they will arrive in September to the United States to begin their respective years of service.
Presenting the new team of young professionals:
Carlos Jáuregui is Peruvian and a social communications specialist from Universidad Católica del Perú. He will serve in Social Progress Imperative in Washington DC, a nonprofit organization that measures levels of progress in the social sphere to put pressure on governments and corporations to create meaningful change. Carlos will be responsible for implementing digital strategies and producing content for this organization’s various communications channels. http://www.socialprogressimperative.org/
Yoctan Vilchez is Nicaraguan and a lawyer from Universidad Americana de Nicaragua, with a Masters degree in International Policies from Newcastle University in UK. He will serve in Altas: DIY in Brooklyn, NY, an organization that focuses on immigrants and young professionals, aiming to unlock access to legal services, learning opportunities and leadership development. Yoctan will work directly with these young people to give them guidance and help to implement new tools to support and engage with the community. http://www.atlasdiy.org/
Fernanda Garza is Mexican and an English teacher from Instituto Mexicano Norteamericano de Relaciones Culturales. She will continue the work with at-risk young people initiated in 2014 in the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) in Washington DC. Fernanda will work in the organization’s Teen Center developing academic support and mentoring programs, as well as service-learning activities. http://www.layc-dc.org/
Santiago Del Giudice is Argentine and a social communications specialist from Universidad Catolica de Argentina. He will serve at American Red Cross in Virginia, an organization that seeks to educate vulnerable communities to make them safer and better prepared for possible emergencies. Santiago will support the implementation of strategic projects and coordination and dissemination of innovative programs. He also will contribute by supporting research, data collection, and analysis of disaster preparedness projects. http://www.redcross.org/local/virginia
We wish all four the greatest success in their challenging new roles and our support in making a new model of regional cooperation and integration in the Americas a reality.