SKIP is a non-profit organisation which works to help children in Peru to realise their full potential through quality education, economically-stable families and healthy home environments
We place a focus on hiring local talent and our permanent team in Peru is comprised of 12 local staff, one international staff and 3 international volunteer professionals receiving a living allowance. Activities are also supported by our team of around 20 local and international volunteers.
Originally from the UK, Liz has been the Director of SKIP since 2009. Liz has a Bsc (Hons) in Psychology and a MSW (Masters in Social Work) and was a child protection social worker for 5 years before joining SKIP in 2008.
Having lived and worked in the USA, Guatemala, The Dominican Republic and Hong Kong, Liz was already an avid traveler before arriving in Peru and now spends much of her time moving between countries promoting SKIP and networking with our many international partner organisations.
In February of 2014 Liz gave a TEDx Talk "Do Stuff you Love and Make a Difference" speaking about her own personal experiences and how they have shaped her career and passion for working in SKIP.
Volunteer Coordination Manager
Vaida is from Lithuania originally, but now lives in Peru, and joined SKIP team in May 2014.
She graduated from Vilnius University with a Masters degree in Communication and Information and joined the production team in international film projects (which was a very intense "school" of management training and she feels grateful for that experience). After 5 years in film projects she decided that it is "now or never" and joined the volunteer programme in Denmark and later on in Malawi. The training in international development and volunteering shaped her future and led her to an environment project in St. Vincent where she worked as a leader of groups of volunteers.
She is very happy and passionate to continue working with volunteers and being able to help in their personal and professional development at SKIP in Peru.
Hilda Pachamango Martinez
Hilda María Pachamango Martínez, a native of Trujillo, came on board as the Social Work Coordinator in 2008. From 2013, Hilda was the Coordinator of the entire Family Welfare Department, supervising SKIP programmes in social work, psychology, economic development, and health. In 2017, upon completion of her Masters in HR Management, she also assumed responsibilities for fundraising activities within Peru and received the new title of Programme Coordinator. Hilda is a licensed social worker, and has degrees in Human Resources Management and in Labor Rights. In 2011 she completed her Rural and Marginal Urban Health Service (SERUMS) in the health center in Los Jardines, Trujillo.
Dámaris García Chávez
Primary Education Coordinator
Dámaris is from Trujillo, Peru, and she is currently the Primary Coordinator at SKIP. She is a graduate in Primary Education and has worked in pre-schools for seven years. “I am thankful for the opportunity I have been given to be part of this NGO. By being able to interact so closely with the children, parents, teachers and everyone who is part of SKIP, I will continue to grow professionally and as a person. It is truly an enriching experience,” Dámaris said.
Jacqueline Torres Salvador
Secondary Education Coordinator
I studied Communication Studies at University and worked as a publicist and photographer for 3 years in a Publicity Agency, including two years as a supervisor and Market Research Consultant, before deciding to come to SKIP. I don't know when my life came to SKIP, I've been here for three years now and I feel a part of this great team and to be here and know the kids we work with and the families and the volunteers, has turned my life around. To be in SKIP and see the children looking up to me and their spontaneous smiles has made me sure that these are the most beautiful faces that I have known in my life. In the end it's helped me realise that each person must decide the path they wish to walk.
English Teaching Coordinator
Cheyne has dedicated her professional life to working with disadvantaged children, adults and communities. Her qualifications are a BA Hons. (Psychology) and an MA in International Development and ESL instruction. In her home country Australia, Cheyne worked for over 7 years at a Foundation committed to providing quality care to children and young people who have experienced complex trauma and neglect. Cheyne has spent 2015-16 as the Director of an international bilingual primary school in Nicaragua with an integrated model of 35% scholarship student body. Previously in Peru, Cheyne was the Director of a non-profit Language School, working with disadvantaged communities to provide children with quality English language education. For Cheyne, Peru has become a second home, and she is thrilled to be back in Peru and working there to make a difference.
Mirtha Bocanegra Zavaleta
Mirtha is a qualified primary school teacher and has been working with SKIP since 2013. Mirtha spent 2 years as a primary school teacher in our afternoon classes and has been the Nursery Lead Teacher since the start of 2016. Mirtha also teaches to groups in the Primary Education Programme. She considers herself a responsible, serious person with a strong desire to work as a team.
Patricia graduated in 2009 with a degree in Graphic Design from the Senati Institute. She later studied photography in Cali, Columbia in 2010 at the Escuela del Valle del Cauca. She then worked in Cali for four years as a photographer. She came to SKIP in 2014 to work as an assistant in the kindergarten class and began as a primary school teacher in 2015 where she runs two of the primary groups.
Family Welfare Department
Cynthia Lissette Méndez Castañeda
Social Work Coordinator
My name is Cynthia Méndez, and I am a native of Trujillo. I studied social work at Universidad Nacional de Trujillo. I have been at SKIP since 2009, and have had the opportunity to do internships in social work. Working with low-income families in Porvenir is a very interesting experience. Since 2010 I have been a SKIP Social Worker, responsible for doing home visits to the families that SKIP works with, using social data and the interviews and assessments for CIS (to get free health care) and the poverty index, as well as offering educational trainings for mothers. I give orientations on various topics, from legal matters to health issues.
Karen Tatiana Chavez Prado
Social Work Assistant
Karen is from Trujillo and, similar to other social work staff, studied social work at Universidad Nacional de Trujillo. Karen began as a social work student at SKIP in 2014 and following her graduation from the course, went on to become an employee in 2016. Karen also teaches in the Primary Education Programme
Claudia DiAndrea comes to SKIP from California, U.S. She has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, which she earned from the University of San Francisco, California. Claudia worked at SKIP previously from Sept. 2011 to Sept. 2013 in the role of Psychology Coordinator and has recently returned to stay for another two years.
In California, Claudia spent many years working with Family Service Agencies in the counties of Monterey and Indio. She worked at a private facility, The Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center, in Rancho Mirage, before starting her own private practice in the area.
Claudia’s expertise lies in the topic areas of sexual child abuse, parenting, hospice, domestic violence and general women’s issues. Her experience includes family, group and individual therapy, with children, adolescents and adults.
As she continues her work with SKIP she looks forward to another fulfilling two years
Financial Planning Coordinator
Aaron is from the U.S. and joined SKIP in October 2016. Aaron has a BA in English/Spanish, a BBA in accounting, and an MBA. He is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the U.S. He worked the past 6 years as Director of Operations at a non-profit organization providing housing, youth programs and adult education to homeless families in Little Rock, Arkansas. Aaron has traveled throughout Europe and lived with a host family in Costa Rica for a summer. He is enthusiastic to learn more about Peruvian culture.
Anabel Bastra Muñoz
My name is Anabel Bastra, and I am a native of Trujillo. I studied executive secretarial studies, and have been working at SKIP since 2010 as secretary and doing administrative work. I like being a part of the organisation because it has given me the opportunity for continued professional growth through trainings and the opportunity to put it into practice in the work I have been doing. I know that I still have a lot to learn and am continuing to grow in order to do my best for the organization.
Ramiro is a certified accountant with 20 years of professional experience. He has a Masters in Business Management and has studied in both the National University of Trujillo and also the University of Piura. His professional career has grown through work as a general accountant in agricultural exportation companies as well as the construction industry and sales. Ramiro now runs his own accountancy firm assessing and supporting national and international businesses.
Ramiro has been working with SKIP since 2010
Translations Coordinator (Remote volunteering from the UK)
My name is Hannah, and this will be my second role with SKIP after spending 9 months in Trujillo from September 2013 for the year-abroad part of my modern languages degree at The University of East Anglia in the UK. My first venture was incredible; I took on the role of a volunteer coordinator and had the privilege of being a primary teacher as well. I look back on my time with SKIP so fondly and often reminisce about the wonderful people I met, so when I saw they were looking for a Translation Coordinator, I knew I had to become part of the SKIP family again. Since my first collaboration with SKIP I have graduated and taken on a job as a multi-lingual recruitment consultant specialising in the translation industry so I feel really well prepared for the task and can't wait to get back involved - albeit remotely from the UK where the sun doesn't shine quite so much!
Maria Fermina Rojas Fernandez
Originally from Cajabamba in the highlands of Peru she moved to Trujillo 20 years ago. Her two children were born in Trujillo and now live near the SKIP office in El Porvenir. She began to participate in SKIP as a client in 2005 when her daughter was in primary school. While her daughter participated in primary and secondary classes she attended trainings from the social work team and participated in artisan workshops such as knitting and jewelry making. She has worked with SKIP cleaning and taking care of the office in El Porvenir since 2013.
Federico Risco Roncal
Federico has worked with SKIP since 2004 as a night guard at the office in El Porvenir. He is originally from Pataz in the highlands of Peru but settled with his family in Trujillo many years ago. In 2011 he also began to participate as a client of SKIP with his daughter attending classes and his wife participates in the social work groups and trainings.