"We develop solutions for the world of tomorrow, not bound by borders, but we broaden the horizon of local initiatives by opening up a world of possibilities."
Our team in Colombia
I was born in Bogota – Colombia but because of my adoption I grew up in the Netherlands. To be back again in my native country is very special for me. Throughout the years I realized that my mind is very Dutch, but in my veins, I feel the Colombian passion. That is something I never lost and what I am very proud of.
To live here now and understand more of the country I was born in, is an experience I would never have traded for anything in the world. To connect again with this culture, but still realize that the habits you have are so different than this culture, is sometimes very funny but also good to experience.
I studied at the Hanze university in the Netherlands to become a social worker. I am very grateful that I can now use my knowledge in the various projects. As a social worker but also as an entrepreneur. The great thing is that in our projects we can offer a combination of Dutch management with a Colombian sentiment.
I grew up in Germany after my adoption from Colombia. I studied at the ecosign® Academy for Sustainability and Design. Within Volunteers in Colombia foundation, I can use my skills in the project creation and management of social impact projects and sustainability. I am also the designer and photographer for our different communication channels. Doing this, I can actively support change and create possibilities for people in vulnerable and underserved neighborhoods, like those where I was born. For me, it is a very personal purpose. I want everyone to have access to the same possibilities to thrive, independently from where they were born or where they live.
The board of Foundation Volunteers in Colombia
Gerrit van der Leeuw
Robijn Victoria de Jong
Alex Chiel Hollander
All board members do not receive any remuneration for their work. The board members can, however, receive compensation for the costs that they have reasonably incurred while performing their duties.