Location: Peru


Welcome to the Lifeworks Peru blogs! Below is a little bit about the staff that will be leading this summer. Enjoy!

MELISA SANCHEZ (MECA) – Meca was born in Lima, but now lives in the magical city of Cusco. She is a fashion and interior designer that loves to travel around the world, seeking new adventures and new things to see. She also loves yoga, running and exercising. When not with Lifeworks, Meca works for different NGO’s where volunteering and guiding students is a big part of her life. She also loves eating, trying new things, trekking, meeting new people and making new friends! She looks forward to working with Lifeworks students to help her local community.

ANDREW DORRANCE – Andrew graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in Spanish Literature. While in college, he spent two summers teaching English in Ecuador, where he developed his passion for international education. He also won a summer research fellowship at the University of Buenos Aires and studied for a semester in Madrid. After college, he decided to explore Asia with teaching jobs in South Korea and China. In the fall, he will move to Mexico to begin his Fulbright teaching grant. He is excited to bring his extensive international experience to Lifeworks!

MARIANA REYES – Mariana hails from Mexico City, but now lives in Guadalajara. She’s been a preschool teacher for 13 years and loves to volunteer. She started in 2011 with Operation Smile in Chiapas, where she was surrounded by great people that – like her – were just there to help someone in need. After her first stint with Operation Smile – seeing the little ones smile and being so grateful – she realized how lucky she is. Now, she always seeks to share herself and her time with others. To Mariana, the most satisfactory experience anyone can have is helping and giving.