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

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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. 

 

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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.

 

PHOTO-2020-02-20-18-33-25 2 Chris Abbott: Data and Impact Measurement Project Leader

Chris is originally from the UK and recently completed a Master degree in economics at the University of Amsterdam. He has continued to live in Amsterdam, working in financial technology.

 

Marieke Knorz: Events Leader

 

Orielsy Blanco: Events Leader

 

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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 she worked for an NGO in India for a year after high school.

 

Veronica Copello: School Partnerships Coordinator

 

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

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Lorena Jimenez: Las Lagunas School Library

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Nerry Molina: La Florida School Library

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Magdaly Perez: Trinidad KG Library

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Carlos Urbina: Los Pozos School Nutrition Centre

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Maria Jesus: El Hogar Animal Therapy Farm

 

Members

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!

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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.

 

Our Partners and Sponsors

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