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 our head office. 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 and Cambodia.
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. Many volunteers on Globalteer’s Peru after-school education programme are placed at Picaflor House which now has over 60 children registered.
Jim now lives most of the year in Cusco with his wife and two 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.
Chris Bannister, Operations Director - Siem Reap, Cambodia
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 and is now based in Cambodia.
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 South East Asia and for the team that handles all volunteer applications. If you volunteer with one of our Siem Reap -based projects you will more than likely meet Chris at our cosy offices near the town centre.
Chris is a lover of the great outdoors and is excited by the myriad opportunities Cambodia offers to indulge in some hiking, biking, or running. When the heat proves too much, though, you may just find him enjoying a quiet drink in one of Siem Reap’s many bars!
Candice Conrades, Volunteer Development Coordinator - Cusco, Peru
Candice 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!
Laura Hoskins, Project Manager, Picaflor House - Cusco, Peru
Laura 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!
Genny Richard - Admin and Accounting Assistant - Lima, 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 2016. She started her role with Globalteer there before moving once again to Lima in 2017. 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 Lima and learning more about the indigenous cultures, history, traditions, and religions of Peru.
Jillian Sine, Volunteer Development Coordinator - Cusco, Peru
After 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!
Picaflor House Staff
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, Peru
Angel Conza takes on responsibility for teaching maths, chess and music to the children. 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.
Gladys Chilo Chullo, Teacher - Picaflor House, Cusco Peru
Gladys 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!
Helping Hands Cambodia Staff
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 responsibility 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.
Kong Voeun, 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 to have a 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.”
MalayThong Horm (Thong), Khmer Basic & English Basic Teacher, Helping Hands - Siem Reap, Cambodia
Thong started with Helping Hands in February 2017 as a Khmer Basic and English Basic teacher. She grew up in a village by the Angkor Temples as an orphan (she has over 100 brothers and sisters!), but because her village was linked to an NGO, she had access to many beneficial opportunities. Before joining us, she studied the Bachelor of Tourism at Build Bright University in Siem Reap.
She says, “I wanted to work at an NGO to get more experience. I love the students and teaching a lot. At Helping Hands there is great teamwork – we can always ask other teachers for help with anything. I love working in the countryside; it’s more beautiful than in the city.”
Thong has also completed additional courses in Education and Community work through Helping Hands: LRTT (Limited Resources Teacher Training) and Community Care First. This means she is well-prepared for working with all of her students! But of course, she also has interests outside of teaching! Thong has a black belt in Karate and regularly goes to competitions on the weekends, and she also knows how to play tennis!
Neang Khen, English Teacher, Helping Hands Community Project - Siem Reap, Cambodia
Neang has been part of the Helping Hands team since December 2016. He is originally from another province, a few hours from Siem Reap, and he was sent by his family to study at the Bayon Temple (Angkor heritage Temple) in Siem Reap when he was about 14 years old. At the pagoda near to the Bayon Temple is where he lived and studied with the monks, and went to the primary school close to the Temple. There is where he met Sopheap (our HHC Education Coordinator) and they became good friends. Neang studied the Bachelor Degree in English Teaching at Build Bright University in Siem Reap, which made him a perfect candidate for teaching with us!
About working with Helping Hands he says, “I like the kids in the rural area and I like to help them. When I work with Helping Hands I have a chance to gain more experience and training. Everybody is open to each other. We always help each other and it is great to see how much the villagers support our school as well. I’ve also learned a lot about working with volunteers since I've worked with HHC / Globalteer. They can be very helpful in my class.”
In his first year at HHC, Neang learned a lot! He taught English Basic for the first time, and after one year he was very proud to see where his students were and what they had learned: “I am proud of myself!” And he should be!
Neang also likes cooking and often cooks during lunchtime for himself and other staff at Helping hands.
Sovanna 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
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!