Fred Branson first went to Peru in 2007, working on a voluntary basis in an orphanage project in Cusco. On his last day there, Fred visited Ccorca where he was shocked by the educational struggles faced by the district’s children. When he got back to the UK he established Amantani UK and went on to complete a course at the School for Social Entrepreneurs. Ten years between Peru and the UK has given Fred a deep understanding of Ccorca’s social challenges, as well as great respect for the Andean Culture and its many lessons.
Chris Palfreyman has always had a passion for South America, where his roots lie. Having spent eight years with Amantani, he now leads on fundraising operations in the UK which includes delivering Meet My World screenings far and wide and keeping our donors up to date on our progress in Peru. He also supports Fred with programmes management and spends around two months a year alongside the team in Peru.
Rodrigo, Director of Operations
When Rodrigo Bustos joined Amantani in 2015, he brought with him over ten years of experience working in psycho-social education programmes with children and young people. This experience alongside a Masters in Education Management has enabled him to play a leading role across Amantani’s educational programmes. Rodrigo is now our Director of Operations and works alongside project coordinators to ensure the effective delivery of Amantani’s programmatic and administrational operations in Peru.
As a Co-Founder of Amantani with 25 years’ experience working as a teacher in Ccorca, Rocío Zuñiga is uniquely placed to lead the development of the Pathways Programme. Following a Masters in Education Administration, she is currently studying a PhD in Education. Rocío was instrumental in the creation of Amantani in 2008, and has served Amantani as a board member and consultant ever since.
Pilar Echevarria first travelled to Peru in the 1990s with her older sister Maria. Since then she has dedicated her life to improving the lives of children in Peru and has been the driving force behind Amantani’s work since day one. Spanish by birth but now officially also a Peruvian, from 2018, Pilar has taken on a new challenge, leading on the initiation of Youth Circle programme to be run from the Boarding House campus.
Tania, Boarding Houses Director
Tania Farfan is in a unique position to lead our work with the children in the Boarding Houses. She comes from Ccorca itself, which means that she has unrivalled local knowledge and experience of Ccorca’s culture and its people. She is a bold and progressive thinker, a dedicated worker and a democratic leader.
David, Head of Finance
Over the past five years, David Whitworth has developed extensive financial experience in international development, most notably with War Child UK and as Afrikids UK's Head of Finance.
David has a longstanding belief in the power and ability of education to transform lives, and is very excited to have completed a MSc in Development Management through the Open University.
Thilo, Transitions Project Director
Having grown up in Peru, Dr Thilo Boeck started his career as a practitioner in Youth and Community Development work in Lima. In the UK, as a Senior Research Fellow at Leicester De Montfort University, he worked on several research projects exploring the impact of social policy on social exclusion and social capital within national and international contexts. Thilo has been with Amantani since May 2014, and has been instrumental in developing, planning and leading the Transitions Project.
Marleny, Youth Coordinator
For many years, Marleni Rivas was the most established Tutor in the Boarding Houses, having been with us since the very early days. In 2018, she took on a new challenge within the Leavers Programme, managing the Amantani's Youth Centre in the city of Cusco. Marleni works with the leavers to enhance their wellbeing, and to enable them to take strong, well-informed decisions. Prior to her time with Amantani, Marleni worked in children's homes and nursery projects in Cusco, following her undergraduate in Family Education.
Sara, Fundraising Manager
Having lived in Peru from the age of four, Sara Mitchell is passionate about all things Peruvian. Getting to know so many different parts of the country at an early age and seeing the levels of inequality firsthand is what drove her to study International Development in the UK - where she`s originally from. Sara combines her experience in organising USAID and IIC/IDB projects in Peru with a passion for education and human rights based projects. This makes her the perfect match for Amantani!
Marizol, Ethical Trade Coordinator
Having spent over ten years working with the education team in Ccorca, Marisol Arotaype has now returned to Cusco to take the lead on our ethical trade programme. She works with women from across Ccorca to produce beautifully handwoven bracelets, which are sold in Peru and in the UK.
Rosario, ICT Coordinator
Following her degree in Education from Cusco's UNSAAC state university, Rosario Bareto has worked as a primary school teacher for many years. She joined Amantani's team in March 2017 as a Tutor in the Boarding Houses and has since gone on to become our ICT Coordinator as well as playing a crucial facilitation role within our Youth Circle programme.
Angela, Studies Coordinator
Since completing her undergraduate degree in Anthropology, Angela Pacheco has gained extensive experience in education, most notably working with children in remote Andean communities as well as young people in her hometown of Cusco, helping them to apply for further education opportunities. Angela started working with Amantani in May 2016 as a teacher in our ICT Academy, and has been coordinating the further education aspect of our Leavers Programme since January 2017.
Elmer, Boarding House Tutor
Prior to starting to work with Amantani, Elmer Yucra had been working as a teacher in further education institutes for several years. Most recently, he taught business, leadership and oratory at El Porvenir institute in Cusco. In March 2018, Elmer took on the role of boys tutor within Amantani’s Boarding Houses.
Dominga, Campus Cook
Before starting to work for Amantani in 2013, Dominga Herrera worked selling ice-creams in Cusco, something which she still finds time for on the weekends. Dominga has shown a strong sense of responsibility in the kitchen, as well as a real ability to work as part of a team, things which make her a real favourite on campus!
Saturnina, Campus Cook
Before working with Amantani, Saturnina Cachahuallpa sold medicinal herbs in Cusco, as well as working for spells on the improvement of the road between Cusco and Ccorca. Saturnina started working with Amantani in 2009 and has grown into her role as lead cook and hostess of the Amantani kitchen, which - thanks to her hospitality - is a regular hangout spot for team members and students alike!
Gredsi, Boarding House Tutor
Since training as a psychologist, Gredsi Soto has gained extensive experience in social work and education projects in rural areas of the Cusco region. Gredsi started working with Amantani in March 2018, as a girls tutor in our Boarding Houses in Ccorca.
Alioska, Office Assistant
Having trained in business and hotel administration, Alioska Hurtado has worked in the administration department of several companies and further education institutes. She began working with Amantani in May 2018, providing vital support in our office management, finance and administration.
Kenny, Pathways Facilitator
Yovana, Maths Teacher
Shirley, Pathways Psychologist
Gary, Communication Teacher
Judith, Voluntary Legal Support
Judith was born in Lima, Peru. She moved to the UK in 2008 and is currently a Trainee Solicitor working in the City of London. Although her full time work is quite corporate, she has always tried to stay close and give back to the Latin American community and has participated in a number of Pro-Bono initiatives helping Latin American migrants in the UK. Volunteering for Amantani allows her to use her legal training to support a cause that is very close to her heart.