Our Team

Board of Directors

25152124_957832677726641_1175270035136011620_n Antonia McGrath: Co-Founder and Director


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

Watch a ‘Team Spotlight’ interview with Antonia here.

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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 Bárbara 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..


Amsterdam Core Team

Screenshot 2020-02-19 at 15.51.49 Brin Andrews: Grants Team


Brin is from the U.S. and has a Masters degree in Urban and Environmental Planning. She has a long history of working and volunteering with nonprofits, including across Central America, and also spent a semester studying sustainable economic development in Nicaragua.

IMG_1978 Jaclyn van Arkel: Grants Team


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.

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Abby is originally from the United States where she completed her bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations. She moved to Amsterdam for an LL.M. program in 2018 and is now working for an international non-profit. 

IMG_7318 Isabelle Gius: Grants Team


Isabelle is originally from Chicago and is currently on exchange in Amsterdam from the University of Edinburgh, where she is pursuing a degree in History and English Literature. She has also undertaken study in Sustainable Development, Public Health, and Tourism Studies. Outside of university and her work for educate., she runs an activist publication and hosts a radio show.

Unknown Alexandra Karl: Data and Impact Measurement Project TeamAlexandra is from Germany and is currently studying Psychology at the University of Amsterdam. With her experience in working at a girl’s home in Nicaragua and her interest in statistics she is looking forward to supporting the data and impact measurement project.
4e54e558-e427-4b29-87f0-af9ce265015e Marieke Knorz: Events Leader


Originally from Germany, Marieke is currently studying Psychology at the University of Amsterdam, with a focus on Organisational Psychology. As a part of the events team, she is looking forward to supporting educate. with her passion for event planning.

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Orielsy is from Venezuela, where she got her bachelor’s degree in International Studies. She later completed a Master in International Public Affairs in Italy, and is currently living and working in Amsterdam. While she has been working in business development and marketing for some years, she now wants to return to her passion for public affairs, health and education, and she sees working with educate. as a great opportunity to support outstanding work with a real impact.

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Elke is from Berlin and holds a Masters degree in Sustainable Tourism Management. She has worked in different sectors of the travel industry, but has always had a passion for event planning, an area where she has gained experience on both a small and large scale.

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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 later she worked for an NGO in India for a year.

Unknown Verónica Copello: School Partnerships Coordinator


Verónica is originally from Colombia, where she has collaborated with local non-profit organizations focused on building learning curriculums and tutoring students. She moved to Amsterdam to pursue a degree in Literary and Cultural Analysis.



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.

Watch a ‘Team Spotlight’ interview with Walter here.

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 students 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


José Luís Trochez: Guadalupe Ulloa School Library

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Zaida Bonilla: Adrian Mejia School Library



Lorena Jimenez: Las Lagunas School Library



Nery Molina: La Florida School Library

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Magdaly Pérez: Trinidad KG Library



Carlos Urbina: Los Pozos School Nutrition Centre



María Jesús: 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!


Current members: Marit Hoefsloot, Abraham Caballero, Kiomara Matamoros, Nikki Haze, Rosalie Dekker, Agnieszka Swiderska, Rafael Padilla, Ricardo Bustamente, Sofia Moutidou, Julio Aguilar Gudiel, Vicente Silva, Alexandra Karl, Erin Bankersen, Fionnuala Davidson, Salvador Santa Tecla.

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