Luis RejanoUSA (Host: Fundación Escuela Nueva. Bogotá) - Atlas Corps Colombia
Luis has two years of experience working in the field of International Development. He holds a Masters of International Affairs from Ohio University and a B.A. in English from Universidad de Sevilla. As a graduate student, he worked for the Healthy Living Initiative at the Tropical Disease Institute. The program is a long-term initiative supporting the socioeconomic development of rural communities as a key component to the control of Chagas disease in the southern Ecuadorian province of Loja. After completing his graduate studies, he coordinated a development team in Loja during the implementation of program activities in the summer of 2011. After Ecuador, he returned to his home country Spain where he collaborated with Solidaridad Internacional – Andalucía by assisting the International Development department. He worked during the closing term of the 2011 in the revision, editing, and translation of final and technical reports, as well as updating the database of funding sources. Additionally, he participated with the development of upcoming projects and the renewal of existing projects for 2012. Concurrently, he took courses on local development and international development project evaluation. Luis previously worked in education at the Modern Languages Department and the Disability Services Center at Ohio University. A native of Spanish, he also speaks English, French, and Portuguese.
Host Organization: Fundación Escuela Nueva. Bogotá, Colombia
Luis Abolafia AnguitaSpain (Host: Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute)
Luis has over five years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Luis graduated with a degree in Law from the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain), and holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Development Aid from the Open University (UK), a Postgraduate Diploma in Development and Gender Relations from the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain) and a MA in Applied Human Rights from the University of York (UK). He worked as a project manager at Fundacion Triangulo for two years, a Spanish LGBT organization working on development cooperation aid and advocacy. During that time, he was in charge of projects in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Panama, Peru, and at a regional level. Since the end of 2009, he has been a member of the Development Cooperation Team, the decision-making board for international advocacy and development cooperation issues at Fundacion Triangulo. He is currently working as a project manager on development aid at Candelita, a Spanish development organization, where he is in charge of productive projects with a gender perspective in Colombia. As a volunteer, Luis has more than 10 years of experience with civil society organizations. He collaborated with the Student Union, Ecologistas en Accion (an environmental organization), and Service Civil International Spain. At this moment, he is part of the Mobilization Team at Equo, a new Spanish political party endorsed by the European Green Party, helping to organize its standing at the next Spanish general election. He published an article last June with the title “Tackling corrective rape in South Africa: the engagement between the LGBT CSOs and the National Human Rights Institutions (Commission for Gender Equality and South African Human Rights Commission) and its role.”
Host Organization: Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute
Demetrio Spinola Guirao(Host: Habitat for Humanity)
Demetrio has four years of experience in the nonprofit sector in Spain, Madagascar, and Cambodia. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy issued by the UCAM University of Murcia and a Master’s degree in Management and Direction of NGO’s issued by the Esade University of Madrid. In Madagascar, he worked as the technical coordinator for a program to fight against child malnutrition with the NGO Bel Avenir in partnership with the French NGO, Enfants du Monde. This program served more than 4,000 children in southern Madagascar. Demetrio also managed the international volunteer program for the same NGO in Madagascar for 2 years, returning to his home country to continue this work in the local counterpart, Fundacion Agua de Coco. In his time with the foundation, he worked as technical coordinator in areas of awareness, communication, and volunteerism, managing more than one-hundred volunteers throughout Spain. His strides in organization, management, fundraising, graphic design and communication, such as establishing a presence in the world of social media, have made him a very versatile contributor to the nonprofit sector.
Host Organization: Habitat for Humanity
Monica Aznar DiazSpain (Host: Miriam's Kitchen)
Monica has more than three years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Granada (Spain), and holds a Vocational Education in Social Integration degree from the Secondary Education Center Ramón y Cajal, Granada (Spain). She has two years experience in Community Social Services in the municipality of Granada (Spain), where she did her social integration and social work internship on topics such as the elderly, immigration, organization and management of resources, and project accounting. During those years, the University of Granada (Spain), gave her a scholarship to continue her experience in the field of Community Social Services. In the same city, she began cooperating with the Social Volunteer Platform on topics such as women, addictions, children, and immigration. Before completing her studies in social work, she received the European Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students (ERASMUS Program) scholarship, and she spent five months in Umeå (Sweden), where she was volunteer at Kärngården, a social cooperative which works with people with mental illnesses. Through these experiences, she developed strong communication skills, capacity building, case management and, project management. Monica has a strong passion for mental health, equality and, multiculturalism.
Host Organization : Miriam’s Kitchen
Role at Host Organization: Monica will be working as a case manager at Miriam’s Kitchen. Monica will provide a variety of direct services to homeless individuals, complete a variety of projects to ensure smooth and efficient functioning as well as improvement of programs, and participate in provider groups and advocacy coalitions to help meet the needs of homeless individuals in Washington, DC.