All change at Peru Community Project

2013 has already been a year of exciting new beginnings for Globalteer in South America and the staff of Picaflor House, the Globalteer-managed community project located just outside Cusco in Peru.
New house manager for Picaflor House

Diane Patterson, new project manager for South America is joined by Nelida Rimache who returns to Picaflor House after a year’s absence, and takes up the role of Picaflor House Manager. Nelida (pictured), who is one of our Peruvian staff, will be responsible for looking after the upkeep of Picaflor House, for purchasing school equipment and books, as well as helping out with volunteer co-ordination work – so if you are applying for a placement in Peru, you will be sure to deal with Nelida at some point during your stay.

New development manager for South America

Another new face in Peru is Eliza Wethey who joins the team as development manager for South America. In her new role Eliza will be responsible for developing relationships between Globalteer’s  projects in Peru and our overseas supporters, particularly in the USA and Canada. Eliza will also be keeping an eye out for potential new partner projects which might fit in with Globalteer’s work in South America.

Originally from South Carolina in the USA, Eliza fell in love with Peru when she first visited Cusco as a college student. She moved to Peru permanently in 2008 and has worked in various international development roles in Peru and other parts of Latin America ever since.

Annie takes on new dual role

Meanwhile former project manager, South America, Annie Irving who said goodbye to Picaflor House at the end of 2012, has taken up the dual role of development manager and child protection officer for Globalteer.

Annie’s development remit covers researching and writing funding proposals to enable Globalteer to grow its work in Southeast Asia and South America.  Annie’s child protection role was something that she had already been working on when still in Peru, during which time she updated all of Globalteer’s child protection policies and procedures for volunteer background checks. Volunteers will hardly notice the difference in their application process as the transition has been so seamless, but the new ‘behind-the-scenes’ processes further strengthen Globalteer’s commitment to effective child protection. Of her new role a very excited Annie said,

”Ever since my first volunteer stint in Cambodia back in 2009 I have been a passionate believer in what Globalteer does. Now, as well as strengthening our in-house processes, I don’t just get to help the South America arm of Globalteer expand and develop, I also get to help Globalteer develop on a  global scale. That’s a huge challenge in today’s financial climate but we are already making small steps forward.”

If you are interested in volunteering with Globalteer in Peru, please visit our Volunteer Peru Community Project pages. Or visit our Children’s and Community projects index for information on all of our children and community based projects in Asia and South America