José Manuel Reyes
Volunteer & Projects Coordinators
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Maria Bellido (Marita)
Founder & President
Marita is originally from Tomepampa in Cotahuasi Canyon, a very rural and remote area. As a former student of Honofre Benavides School in Tomepampa, she recognized that there was need for additional educational support and a broadening of cultural awareness. She began sending tour groups to Cotahuasi, and realized that foreign volunteers could bring a new perspective to the classroom and provide students with cross-cultural exposure and experiences. With that, Volunteers Peru was born! Though sending volunteers to our projects, Marita has realized her dream of giving back to her community.
Dayana Lopez Lagos
Dayana was born in Lima but moved to Arequipa ten years ago. She studied tourism at university and has worked in travel agencies and tourist lodgings. She loves to meet new people with different cultures and customs.
Miryam and José Manuel taught Spanish language, literature and culture in colleges and universities in the U.S for 25 years. After volunteering at Casa Hogar Torre Fuerte in 2017 they decided to begin a new stage in their lives and moved to Arequipa. Miryam is currently coordinating our volunteers at Torre Fuerte. José Manuel is coordinating our projects in Tomepampa and Achambi.