Meet the Globalteer teams in Peru, Cambodia and Colombia!
Globalteer has two main offices. Our Peru office in Cusco
is our South American volunteer hub and is also where we handle volunteer applications as well as all of our marketing and admin. Our office in Siem Reap, Cambodia
is our Southeast Asain hub and of course where we host many of our Cambodia volunteers. We also have a permanent member of staff in Medellin, Colombia
who looks after all our Colombia volunteers.
Scroll through to find out more about all the members of the wonderful Globalteer team in Peru, Colombia
Jim Elliott, Founder and General Manager - Cusco, Peru.
British-born Jim is the founder and General Manager
of Globalteer which he set up in 2006 to help match much needed volunteer helpers with carefully selected projects and NGOs in the developing world. Jim used money he inherited from his grandmother to set up a community project outside Siem Reap in Cambodia
in 2007. Whilst Jim is still a director of the project, it is now run independently and caters for more than 250 children and their families by providing free education and access to vocational training and many social services that are not freely available in Cambodia.
In 2010 Jim and his Peruvian wife Camila founded Picaflor House
, our community project outside Cusco in Peru
after visiting the village of Oropesa and finding that there were no afterschool programmes for children in the area. Instead, children were often working in the village bakeries (Oropesa is famous for its bread), in the families’ fields or caring for their younger brothers and sisters. Volunteers on Globalteer’s Peru after-school education programme
are placed at Picaflor House which now has just under 50 children registered.
Jim now lives most of the year in Cusco with his wife and two young children but also spends time visiting the team and our volunteers in Cambodia each year. So you may bump into him if you are volunteering at Picaflor House, and if you are in Cambodia you may find him at the Globalteer offices, enjoying a Beer Lao in one of Siem Reap’s quieter bars or supporting one of the many charity trivia quizzes in town.
Simon Hare, Development Director - London, UK.
Simon’s involvement with Globalteer began in 2009 when he found Globalteer on the internet whilst researching placement opportunities in Cambodia
. He hadn’t quite made up his mind when he bumped into a friendly lady selling books and gifts for charity outside her cottage in a small village in Southwest England. She turned out to be Jim’s mum, and Jim was inside having lunch whilst visiting from Peru. And the rest, as they say….
Simon has a commercial background having worked for more than 20 years in magazine and online publishing
. He initially helped out voluntarily with Globalteer’s marketing then spent three weeks on a community project placement in Cambodia. After deciding to take a break from corporate life and the rat race in the UK, he “went travelling” in August 2011 and somehow found his way back to Cambodia where he started working for Globalteer full time in January 2012 as marketing and strategy manager. In August 2013 he transferred to Cusco in Peru.
Simon returned to the UK in November 2014 but continues to work on Globalteer's marketing and strategy. In addition, he is responsible for seeking funding for Globalteer's overseas projects and strategic partnerships with UK-based organisations and indivduals.
A lifelong traveller with an incurable wanderlust, if you don't find Simon looking for Globalteer's next big opportunity you will more than likely find him planning his next big trip!
You can contact Simon on email@example.com
Chris Bannister, Regional Manager, Latin America - Cusco, Peru
The US State of Arkansas has produced such household names as Maya Angelou, Bill Clinton and Johnny Cash. Well we can now add to that list of Arkansas greats the name of Chris Bannister, who joined Globalteer as Regional Manager
for Latin America in November 2014.
After more than 20 years in the corporate world, Chris decided to give up the rat race in 2012 and embarked on a new life of travelling and volunteering. Since he made his life-changing decision he has visited much of Latin America and spent time volunteering
in Costa Rica and Guatemala. He finally made it to Peru in 2013, a trip which confirmed his love of the people and cultures of Latin America so was thrilled to be offered the chance to work for Globalteer in Cusco as our Regional Manager.
Chris is responsible for the smooth running of our operations in Latin America and for the team that handles all volunteer applications
. If you volunteer with one of our Cusco-based projects
you will more than likely meet Chris at our cosy offices near the town centre if you come in for a Spanish class or a coffee with the team.
Chris is a lover of the great outdoors and is excited by the myriad opportunities Peru offers to indulge in some hiking, biking, or running. When the altitude proves too much, though, you may just find him enjoying a quiet drink in one of Cusco’s many bars!
Candice Conrades, Volunteer Development Coordinator - Cusco, PeruCandice Conrades became part of the friendly Globalteer team in Cusco, Peru in January 2016 as Volunteer Development Coordinator.
Joining Globalteer all the way from Australia, Candice originally studied marketing and event management at university before becoming interested in international development.
For Candice, there were many appeals for working with Globalteer,
“I really identify and align with the vision and mission of Globalteer, and wanted to be a part of a team that is genuinely trying to make a difference. Working with local sustainable projects is definitely something that is also important to me as I believe these are most important to long term community change.”
With this being her first time to Peru, she is loving the beautiful mountain scenery of Cusco, and is looking forward to exploring the area’s many hiking trails and trying as much food as possible (especially the baked goods and sweets!).
In her role as Volunteer Development Coordinator, Candice will be handling volunteer applications for many of our Latin America and South East Asia projects, as well as being one of the on-the-ground staff in Cusco who helps to make sure Cusco based volunteers have a rewarding and impactful volunteering experience. So one way or another the chances are high that you will be dealing with Candice, either by email or if you are taking up placement at one of our Cusco based projects!
Genny Richard - Admin and Accounting Assistant - Cusco, Peru
Genny is Globalteer’s Administration and Accounting Assistant, based in our office in the city of Cusco, Peru. She joined us in August 2016 and her role is finance-focused, compiling Globalteer’s accounts and carrying out various administrative tasks. She also supports our volunteers on the ground in Peru.
‘Before Globalteer, I was working in a corporate business environment, but I never felt quite fulfilled or as if I was in the right place. I’ve always wanted to explore and to make a difference in the world, and by working with Globalteer, I feel that I am doing that, at least in some small way! It feels great to be working for such a wonderful organisation with global connections, and with such wonderful teammates!’
Genny’s first trip to Cusco was with her university in 2010. She fell in love with Peru, and never dreamed she’d be back in a million years. However, the story went full circle after Gennys’ graduation, when she met her Peruvian fiancé while in Texas. They decided to make the move back to his hometown of Cusco, in January of this year. A fun fact about Genny is that she could be considered ‘Peruvian by birth!’ having been born in the small town of Peru, Indiana in the USA.
Outside of work, Genny loves Salsa dancing, being out in nature, finding the best local eateries in Cusco and learning more about the indigenous cultures, history, traditions, and religions of Cusco and surrounding areas.
Laura Hoskins, Project Manager, Picaflor House - Cusco, PeruLaura joined Globalteer’s Cusco-based team in September 2014. Laura originally started working with Globalteer as a Marketing and Administration Assistant, but is now the Project Coordinator for Picaflor House. Her new role sees her creating academic schedules, managing local staff, teaching art classes, reporting to donors, reviewing the Picaflor House curriculum and strategy, and coordinating volunteers at the project.
For Laura, her new role is a perfect match.
“I’m really excited to be coordinating a project in a community where there is so much need for educational development and opportunities for children. I am passionate about education and its role in social development and so am keen for Picaflor House to make as big an impact as possible in Oropesa. Having lived and volunteered in Oropesa before, I am excited to be working with some familiar faces and to give the children of Oropesa a better chance at succeeding in their education.”
Laura has also worked for a women’s development NGO in the UK and a volunteer hosting NGO in northern Peru, and has a Master’s Degree in International Development. If you are going to volunteer with our Peru Community Project at Picaflor House, you will be seeing a lot of Laura at both the Cusco office and Picaflor House! With her knowledge of Cusco and of course Oropesa, her fluent Peruvian Spanish – and she is also trying to learn the indigenous Andean language Quechua – we think you’d be hard pushed to find a better person to welcome you on your placement at Picaflor House!
Luz Chapi, Academic Coordinator - Cusco, Peru
Luz Chapi is the Academic Coordinator at Picaflor House. With her excellent language and people skills, Luz has taught English in Peruvian schools, helped tourists learn Spanish in Cusco, worked in the USA, and has also been employed in the tourism sector.
Luz is a vital part of the team that helps run Picaflor House. She coordinates pupil attendance, teacher and volunteer activities, helps with the children’s homework and teaches various classes – just to name a few of the important things that she does!
Luz has always wanted to use her skills in a way that helps those who most need it, and this is exactly what she does at Picaflor House. Knowing that Picaflor House helps children to achieve more at school, and have more faith in themselves, provides her with more than enough motivation to help Picaflor House achieve its objectives.
If you volunteer with our Peru Community Project
at Picaflor House you will be working with Luz on a daily basis.
Angel Conza, Teacher - Cusco, PeruAngel Conza takes on responsibility for teaching maths, chess and music to the chidlren. As a former head teacher and music teacher by trade, Angel’s love for singing and guitar, plus his passion for helping children in rural areas to learn and improve their education, make a great combination for the children at Picaflor House.
Elizabeth Loaiza, After School Education Project Kindergarten Teacher - Cusco, Peru
Elizabeth is the kindergarten teacher
at Picaflor House, our Peru after-school eductaion project.
She teaches our youngest children and prepares them to enter primary school.
If you have experience in early years education
or pre-school education
and can speak some Spanish
, then Elizabeth would be glad to have you volunteer with her in our kindergarten!
Lynn Puzzo, English Programme Co-ordinator - Cusco, Peru
American Lynn joined Globalteer in Peru in September 2016 but has been globetrotting for the last 15 years and teaching abroad for 10 of these years. Lynn has lived and taught in Mexico, Argentina, and South Korea, traveled through Southeast Asia and spent a year in Australia. Since getting bitten by the travel bug while at university, Lynn ‘hasn’t look back since!’
Lynn is the English programme co-ordinator at Globalteer’s Peru Community Project in Cusco. Her main responsibilities are teaching English to students at the project and ensuring that the English curriculum is suitable for the kids as well as being easy for volunteers to contribute to.
“I have been wanting to get involved with a meaningful programme that serves and benefits people and children without means. I was very lucky to come upon this role which will call upon all of the knowledge I’ve collected in a decade of teaching to create this programme and hopefully make a difference in the education of the children at Picaflor House.”
Needless to say Lynn is a born traveler who loves to immerse herself in local life and learn about the culture, the people, the language and of course the food! Lynn is also a keen runner, which of course is very difficult to do in Cusco due to the high altitude, but she’s determined to keep it up. Good luck Lynn!
Gladys Chilo Chullo, Teacher - Picaflor House, Cusco PeruGladys joined our Kids Community Project in Cusco, Peru in November 2016 as a teacher. Gladys is from one of the provinces in Cusco, and has experience working in another education-based NGO in the Cusco area and was educated in a school run by an NGO in Lima - so she understands the project’s role in the community.
Gladys is very enthusiastic, friendly and very keen to do her best for the children at the project. She will be teaching reading, writing, nutrition and hygiene and dance – which the children are really excited about!
Elena Korchevska, Country Manager, Colombia - Medellin, Colombia.
Elena, our Volunteer Coordinator in Medellin, Colombia
is originally from St Petersburg in Russia but at heart is a bit of a nomad. She lived in London for 15 years where she studied International Business and Marketing and worked for the Financial Times no less! While living in London she made a lot of Colombian friends
which is where her interest in this beautiful and underrated country first started. Whilst Elena has visited many countries on her travels, she liked Colombia best of all so decided to make it her home.
If you volunteer with our children’s project in Medellin
Elena will be your number one contact. She will get in touch with you, usually by Skype, before you set off and will be there to show you the ropes and make sure your placement lives up to expectations during your time in Colombia. She also knows all the best places to hang out in your spare time in and around Medellin:
“I love going out into countryside during the week-ends - Oriente Antioqueno - and in Medellin I love going with my friends. I’d recommend Mu - the best BBQ ribs and local beers place in the city, Romero – a local Italian style bar and restaurant and Pergamino, the best coffee place in the El Poblado district,” which, rather conveniently, is also where our Medellin volunteer hostel is located!
Jen Dues, Regional Manager Southeast Asia - Siem Reap, CambodiaJen joined Globalteer as Regional Manager for Southeast Asia in April 2014, and is based with the rest of our friendly Cambodia team in Siem Reap. Originally from a small town in Ohio, USA, Jen comes to Cambodia from Chicago where she worked in fundraising, development and partnership roles for large health-related charities.
Not only does Jen have lots of non-profit experience, but she is also an accomplished sports woman, having played soccer since the age of six, right through college where she played on the college club team.
So if you are volunteering in Siem Reap you are just as likely to find Jen on the pitch with the Sports Project as in Globalteer’s offices! Of course it’s not all about sport and Jen works closely with our Southeast Asia-based team to make sure that all our volunteer placements are as fulfilling as can be for our volunteers and as productive as possible for all our partner projects.
Jen loves Siem Reap for the endless possibilities it offers for exploring and sampling the fascinating Cambodian and ancient Khmer cultures but also likes to spend her spare time running, practising yoga or cooling off inside doing a bit of drawing or reading.
Jen’s advice to potential volunteers? “Throw your expectations out of the window! You'll be amazed, inspired and challenged at the same time” And who knows, you might even bump into Jen on the soccer pitch or in the yoga studio!
Laura Bentley, Marketing Officer - Siem Reap, Cambodia
Laura joined the Globalteer team in September 2016 as our marketing officer, based in Globalteer’s office in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Laura works on volunteer recruitment campaigns for Globalteer, on social media, newsletters, supporter and donor communications and website content.
Laura is originally from London, UK, but she left in December 2015 to go travelling - stopping in Japan, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia before reaching Cambodia. After travelling for 9 months, she decided to settle down in Siem Reap after falling in love with the culture and the warmth of the Khmer people.
“I knew immediately that I wanted to work for a charity here after feeling so welcomed by the beautiful Khmer people. The more I learnt about Cambodia’s history and problems, I wanted to find a role that had a positive and sustainable impact on those in need, matched my skills, at a trusted and responsible organisation.”
Laura has a lot of experience in marketing and has worked for companies including the BBC and The Walt Disney Company. In her spare time, Laura loves cycling around the temples, going to the gym, yoga and swimming. In the evenings you’ll find her in the bars and restaurants of Siem Reap, and she’s also trying to learn Khmer.
Jillian Sine, Volunteer Co-ordinator - Siem Reap, CambodiaAfter completing a marketing degree at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts, Jillian took the leap and moved to San Francisco, California. Jillian worked in San Francisco for four years in sales and accounting but she was always dreaming of traveling and her times studying abroad in Rome and London. She decided it was time to travel again and this time she decided on pursuing Asia. After teaching English in South Korea for a year Jillian knew that she wanted to stay abroad but instead working in a Coordinator position rather than a teaching position. The stars aligned and Jillian applied for the perfect position as a Volunteer Development Coordinator at Globalteer and then joined the team in November 2016. “I am so excited to be working at Globalteer in Cambodia and already love the Khmer people and culture. I can’t wait to see what this year brings as well as meeting all of the amazing volunteers that come to Siem Reap!” Jillian is the main point of contact for volunteers at our Siem Reap based Cambodia community project, and is responsible for making sure that all our Siem Reap volunteers are fully informed and prepared for their placements as well as being properly looked after while they are in Cambodia. Jillian also works on the global side of Globalteer and assists in booking volunteers for all of the Globalteer worldwide projects. Jillian has travelled to 18 countries and is attempting to travel to 30 countries by 30 years old so if you’re in Siem Reap make sure to stop by the Globalteer office to exchange travel stories and advice as well as get local recommendations and tips!
Rob Bisson, Sports Co-ordinator - Siem Reap, Cambodia
Rob is the Sports Co-ordinator for the Cambodia Community projects, based in Siem Reap. His role involves planning, managing, coaching and officiating numerous sports across a number of different projects that Globalteer are partnered with.
Rob first came to Cambodia as a volunteer with Globalteer and fell in love with the culture, the people and the whole experience. ‘’One thing led to another and I landed my dream job working here within the sports department. I love the work that Globalteer does and I want to make as big of an impact as I possibly can to as many people as possible.’’
Rob’s no stranger to this role, having held similar jobs in the USA and Zambia. He has lots of experience coaching and playing sports back in the UK and once even worked as an outdoor adventure instructor!
Born and raised in Jersey, Channel Islands (UK), Rob loves all things outdoors and sport is his main passion in life. He studied Sports Management at Northumbria University in Newcastle, and is a keen rugby player.
While he’s not working, Rob loves to go cycling, running and go to the gym – when it’s not too hot! He loves meeting new people, and socialising with old friends.
Sita ter Horst, Helping Hands Project Support Coordinator - Siem Reap, CambodiaSita joined our Globalteer team in January 2016 as Project Support Coordinator for Globalteer’s rural community project, Helping Hands. Hailing from the Netherlands, Sita completed a Bachelor of Social Work at university, which inspired an interest in the charity sector as well as exploring the world and other cultures. This has included an internship in Uganda, and working on a women’s empowerment programme at a refugee centre in the Netherlands.
Sita first came to Cambodia in September 2014 when she volunteered as an English teacher. The country, its people and cultural stole her heart straight away, so in May 2015 she returned to volunteer for a Dutch run NGO, running creative English workshops and coordinating an income generation project for the NGO She also worked as a kindergarten teacher with an international school in Siem Reap before finding her new position with Globalteer,
“I’m delighted to work with the amazing team at Helping Hands, where each and every member is so dedicated to helping the project develop even more and to giving these students and their families the best future possible. I’m very grateful and excited to be a part of that and I’m looking forward to the rest of my time at Helping Hands and Globalteer!”
Sita splits her time between Siem Reap and the project, which is about 40 minutes from town, so even if you are not on a placement at Helping Hands you will probably bump into her as she catches up on her admin a the Globalteer offices!
Sitha Bo, General Assistant Globalteer & Helping Hands - Siem Reap, CambodiaApart from the General Manager, Sitha is Globalteer’s longest serving member of staff, having joined us in 2007. Originally from Siem Reap, Sitha now lives here with her English husband and young son – whom she often brings in to the office to play with the team and to make us all smile!
Sitha speaks excellent English as well as her native Khmer so is responsible for translating and liaising between our Khmer and English speaking staff when our language skills can no longer stretch far enough. She also takes care of purchasing supplies and for both Globalteer and Helping Hands. She is a tough negotiator too which is a huge help when buying things like cement and wood for rebuilding kitchens and roads!
Sitha also manages our fantastic team of tuk-tuk drivers who meet volunteers at the airport as well as taking them to and from their projects every day.
Sitha splits her time between the Globalteer office in Siem Reap and Helping Hands, so if you are on any of our Siem Reap-based volunteer placements you will almost certainly get to meet Sitha.
Sopheap Kong, Teacher, Helping Hands Community Project - Siem Reap, Cambodia.Sopheap is one of the success stories of Prasat Char village. He studied English at the pagoda and a local NGO, and has been working as an English teacher at Iqbal School since 2006. He is also one of our scholarship recipients and studied TESOL at university in Siem Reap. Now being a father of a new-born baby, Sopheap is loving the responsibilit of supporting his own family as well as his duties taking care of his students around the village.
Volunteers on our Cambodia Community Programme who are assigned to the Helping Hands project will work with Sopheap most days.
Voeun Kong, Khmer Teacher and Community Worker, Helping Hands - Siem Reap, Cambodia.“I am a resident in this village. I work for Helping Hands Cambodia because I want to help develop my community, and want all children have chance to receive the English and Khmer kindergarten education. On top of that, I want to help solving the problems happening to all my students, especially family problem which is connected to education.”
Sarin Seng, Kindergarten Khmer Teacher, Helping Hands Community Project - Siem Reap, Cambodia.Sarin works for Helping Hands Cambodia for the children, and says about her work with Globalteer: "I really love kids. They are smiling to my heart. Since I am from the village, I commit to transfer all my knowledge to all our beloved kids. HHC is a good NGO because it invests in education and wants to see all the kids have good future. I am so happy when I see a good team work from the bottom to top. I like HHC because it works honestly and equally with all the people here regardless of race, religion and nation. “
Vanna Sao, Kindergarten Teacher, Helping Hands Community Project - Siem Reap, Cambodia.Known as Sovanna, our kindergarten teacher loves to hug people, and her natural warmth makes her the perfect person to run one of our kindergarten classes at Iqbal School. Though she has no formal teacher training, she succeeds in helping our juniors with the demands of learning the Khmer language.
As she comes from the local village and is an active role in community work, Sovanna is well known and much loved by her young students.
Rhi Rhom, Gardener, Helping Hands Community Project - Siem Reap, Cambodia
Rhi has been working for one year as Helping Hand's gardener. Rhi manages an onsite garden at the project where she plants, grows and harvests organic vegetables for the project's breakfast programme. Her job is vital in helping to provide the students the right nutrition (without chemical substances) to support their health and learning. For Rhi it is a very fulfilling role,
“I’m very happy to see the students joining our breakfast club in the early morning, in which the vegetables used in the breakfast meal are from my plantation.”
Lah Rom, Cook and Gardener, Helping Hands Community Project - Siem Reap, Cambodia.Lah’s family has been living next door to Iqbal School for four years and she started to work at Iqbal School as our cook and gardener in late 2013. Her domain is the little kitchen hut where she prepares breakfast five days a week for our Breakfast Programme but she can also be found toiling under the hot Cambodian sun, hoeing, seeding and weeding the little vegetable patches that produce much-needed nutrients to supply the kids’ breakfast.
Nang, Onsite Project Coordinator, Helping Hands - Siem Reap, Cambodia
Nang has been working for Helping Hands since February 2015. He is from Battambang Province and has experience in teaching English and managing an International School in Siem Reap. Nang is passionate about supporting children in the area to receive better education,
“I see a big gap in education between the city and the country in Cambodia. Therefore, I want to build a strong foundation of knowledge for children in the country.
In the future, he wants to see more classrooms where more students in the community can access free educational services. He strongly believes that education is the most powerful weapon for the community to use to change their lives.