This month we said goodbye to our Volunteer Coordinator, Ariel. Ariel was a great part of the team and has spent the last few months of her time here not only with our volunteers, but also training our new Volunteer Coordinator, Roberto. Roberto Peren has been working with us for the last 5 years as a construction worker, and has now taken on this new role. An amazing artist (son of famous painter, Oscar Peren) and integral part of the team, Roberto brings such positive energy and has really dove into his new role. He grew up being hospitable to foreigners in the environment of his father's art gallery and Comalapa. His knowledge about the history of San Juan Comalapa has been a great addition to our Volunteer program. Roberto lives with his wife, Candi, and 5 year old son, Daren, along with their many adopted street dogs. He spent about 8 months last year running the construction crew building the house of previous staff member, Alex Terrill's home on the other side of Comalapa.
Our first local staff member to join our administrative team, Roberto has taken on the challenges of learning all of our processes, and also really getting a crash course on the English language. We are so excited to bring him on and cannot wait for all of our new volunteers to meet him!