Our Team

The Board of Directors

25152124_957832677726641_1175270035136011620_n Antonia McGrath: Founder and Director

Antonia lived and worked in El Progreso, Honduras for a year in 2014/15 as a teacher in a home for ex-street children and also co-produced a political documentary about Honduras. She holds a Masters degree in International Development Studies.

Watch a ‘Team Spotlight’ interview with Antonia here.


IMG_2014 Lisa van Holsteijn: Founder and Director

Lisa lived and worked in Honduras for a year and a half in 2014/15, first teaching English in nine rural public schools and an orphanage in the department of Santa Barbara for one year, and then at an international school for the remaining six months. She recently completed a degree in Economics and International Relations in Amsterdam.

Watch a ‘Team Spotlight’ interview with Lisa here.


57154546_249027135908917_8815755558582747136_n Lachlan Craig: Treasurer

A lawyer and former Non-Commissioned Officer in the Australian Army, Lachlan has traveled through Honduras and Central America and now lives and works in Amsterdam.


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Originally from Spain, Andrea has a background in International Relations and has conducted fieldwork in Colombia. She moved to Amsterdam to study her Masters and is currently working there while collaborating with educate..


27653859_1297619247048542_372622356_o Fionnuala Davidson: Business Partnerships Coordinator

Fionnuala is from Northern Ireland and spent a year in 2014/15 working in the north of Honduras as a teacher in an orphanage for ex-street children, as well as co-producing a political documentary about Honduras. She is now studying PPLE (Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics) in Amsterdam.

Watch a ‘Team Spotlight’ interview with Fionnuala here. 


Brin Andrews: Grants Writer Intern


IMG_1978 Jaclyn van Arkel: Grants Writer Intern

Jaclyn is originally from Minnesota and hold a Master’s degree in Addiction Studies. She has a history of working in the non-profit sector and experience with counselling teenagers in a school setting.


Abby Roberts: Grants Writer Intern


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Hanna is from Munich and is currently studying Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics in Amsterdam. Back in high school, she organised different events to support social causes and she worked for an NGO in India for a year after high school.


The Honduras Leadership Team

67363301_735186663592374_8740640188348235776_o Walter Dubon: Community Projects Coordinator

Walter began his journey in educate. as the president of the Las Lagunas library committee. A young leader and role model in his village, he speaks with passion about the environment, reading, and the importance of working with youth. He loves involving communities and now leads and coordinates educate.‘s library projects on the ground.


Screenshot 2019-11-16 at 15.28.10 Edgardo Perez: Scholarship Programme Coordinator

Local businessman, father and former long-term volunteer worker for Plan International Honduras, Edgardo coordinates educate.‘s scholarship programme in Trinidad, working with schools to do outreach, find and select students, and supporting scholarship student and their families throughout their studies.


karim.png Karim Chevez: General Volunteer and Support

Karim is a farmer in a small village near the north coast of Honduras, and his daughter Stephanie is one of educate.‘s scholarship recipients. Karim volunteers his time whenever he can to support in educate.‘s work, doing things like collecting books from the airport and helping with transport.


Project Leaders

Jose Luis

Jose Luis Trochez: Guadalupe Ulloa School Library

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Zaida Bonilla: Adrian Mejia School Library


Lorena Jimenez: Las Lagunas School Library


Nerry Molina: La Florida School Library

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Magdaly Perez: Trinidad KG Library


Carlos Urbina: Los Pozos School Nutrition Centre


Maria Jesus: El Hogar Animal Therapy Farm



Members of educate. work in a variety of areas – events, school partnerships, grants and advocacy! To learn more about the opportunities available and how you can become a member, click here!


Our current members include: Marit Hoefsloot, Hannah Merki, Marieke Kno, Abraham Caballero, Kiomara Matamoros, Nikki Haze, Rosalie Dekker, Agnieszka Swiderska, Rafael Padilla, Ricardo Bustamente, Sofia Moutidou, Julio Aguilar Gudiel and Vicente Silva.


Our Partners and Sponsors

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