Our Global Facilitator Network



Kirsten Joe – Facilitator

Kirsten Joe – Facilitator

Kirsten is a recent university graduate who spent the past four years of her student life in beautiful Montreal, Canada. Her spirit of adventure and her drive for professional and personal development has led her to become a Contract Facilitator with the JUMP! Foundation. The next chapter of her life will take her on many new new and exciting travels in the Far East, where she will pursue her studies of the Mandarin language, meet many new people, and hopefully achieve a Zen-like state of mind in an Indian ashram before returning back to...

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Titus Kuria – Facilitator

Titus Kuria – Facilitator

Titus Kuria is one of the founding leaders of CMETrust – an organization whose mission is to advance education in Kenya by providing secondary school scholarships, with funds raised annually, to students from Mathare Valley Slum, Nairobi; and, to raise awareness in Canada about education and poverty in urban Kenya. He grew up in the Mathare Valley and has a good understanding of what life is like in the slum. Titus, popularly known as Tito, believes that to say life in Mathare is challenging is an understatement. It’s these barriers that he endeavors to alleviate through his contribution and participation in CMETrust and other initiatives so that the upcoming generations could have an easier access to a better future. Titus is a professional Neo-Media Designer and runs an online company, Librated Neo-Media, where he is also the Creative Director. Apart from CMETrust, Titus is also involved in other community development initiatives in the sprawling slums. He is the founder of PaaMoja Initiative, a Community Based Organization that exists to create and connect the youth with emerging empowerment opportunities. He recently joined the JUMP! Foundation as a facilitator – an organization that envisions a world where young people fulfill their true potential as individuals, community leaders, and global citizens. Throughout his community work, Titus has been very fortunate to have been involved in a myriad of organizations and initiatives; he is a fellow of NairoBits School of Digital Design, an alumnus of GIZ, recipient of Bayer Young Environmental Envoy award, a member of Action Beyond Limits network, and a trainer with Sambaza Peace initiative amongst others. Titus enjoys playing and watching football, swimming, wind surfing and spending time with his family....

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Liz Heller – Senior Facilitator

Liz Heller – Senior Facilitator

Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Liz Heller received her B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature with a minor in Sociology from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Liz spent her semesters in DC interning at several child-advocacy non-profit organizations and her summers outdoors in the north Georgia mountains as a camp counselor and supervisor. Following her high school and college years spent coaching, mentoring and teaching kids, and her study abroad adventure in Beijing in the spring of 2009, Liz knew she had to find a way to return to China and continue in the non-profit field. Liz was selected for a fellowship to spend a year with the JUMP! Foundation in 2010 and went on to stay with JUMP! as a Program Manager for three years. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in International Development and International Economics at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Liz hopes to continue to be actively involved with JUMP! in the future....

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Katie Proudman – Senior Facilitator

Katie Proudman – Senior Facilitator

When Katie Proudman isn’t JUMPing all over Southeast Asia, she is the Program Director for Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures (CMRCA) in Northern Thailand. Originally from West Virginia, Katie is an outdoor enthusiast with a strong background in community outreach and program development. At CMRCA, she overseas marketing, sales, development and delivery of all CMRCA outdoor adventure, experiential education, and corporate team building programs. Prior to CMRCA, Katie was the Coordinator of Community Relations at Major League Soccer in New York City. In this role, she focused on creating grassroots, community-based projects and enhancing the environmental sustainability efforts of the League and its 19 clubs. Katie has a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont and is a certified Wilderness First Responder from SOLO Wilderness Medicine. When she is not facilitating or planning the next greatest program, Katie can be found doing yoga and eating spicy Thai food (not usually at the same...

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Alyson Chun – Senior Facilitator

Alyson Chun – Senior Facilitator

Alyson Chun is a veteran Senior Facilitator and Senior Program Manager for the JUMP! Foundation. Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Alyson has a strong background in Middle Eastern Studies, and is proficient in Modern Standard Arabic. Alyson completed her B.A. in International and Area Studies at Kalamazoo College and received her M.A. in International Development at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. For many years, Alyson co-coordinated an after-school program focused on creative expression at Kalamazoo Central High School.  Alyson continues to focus on the role of youth in the development...

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Christian Ruiz – Senior Facilitator

Christian Ruiz – Senior Facilitator

Formally known as Christian Ruiz, Kris is a Puerto Rican from the Bronx, NY who comes to JUMP! from our development partner, Global Potential (GP). At GP, Kris started as a participant before joining the staff. His first encounter with GP was on a one week trip he embarked on during his spring break in 2009 with another organization called Global Kids, where he realized his passion for facilitation and community service. When he returned, he became a full time staff member and worked alongside GP’s Director of Operations to help launch the organization’s Media Program, which has helped youth create eight documentary films to date. Now, Kris works full-time at JUMP! as a program facilitator and social media guru. Kris is also a percussionist, and on any given Sunday (around 2-6) you can catch him playing with a djembe drum circle in Houhai Lake (Beijing). Kris enjoys laughing, dancing, socializing, singing, cycling, and...

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Skott Taylor – Senior Facilitator

Skott Taylor – Senior Facilitator

Skott Taylor was born and raised in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. He studied and worked as a professional actor before moving overseas in 2003. Upon arriving in Beijing, Skott founded NewSeed Theatre which, at the time, was the city’s only English-speaking contemporary theatre company. It was here that Skott moved behind the scenes and into the producer and director chairs. Between 2006 to 2010, Skott left China to pursue a music career in London, UK before heading back to Canada to continue his studies at Concordia University in Montreal. At Concordia, Skott refined his studies in Theatre for Development which “focuses on the history, theory and practice of theatre from the perspective of art’s capacity to inform and to effect personal and social change.” Returning to Beijing, Skott founded NewSeed Creative Consulting which focuses on improving staff retention by building healthy company cultures through aligning and engaging teams. NewSeed’s active approach to training uses the integration of Image Theatre, Forum Theatre, improv, storytelling, music, dance, drawing and design. Skott currently lives in Beijing with his wonderful fiancé Alexandra and their rescued street dog,...

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James Fleming – Senior Facilitator

James Fleming – Senior Facilitator

James Fleming grew up living the rural life of Minnesota. With a love for the outdoors, he has spent years working with youth and leading backpacking trips through the Minnesota Boundary Waters in the Mesabi Range, Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range in Colorado, as well as in the staggering Tian Shan Mountains of Northwest China. A recent graduate of American University in Washington D.C., James earned a degree in International Relations, International Communication, and Chinese language, while also competing as a D1 athlete in the Patriot League. A Senior Program Manager at JUMP!, James develops and facilitates high-intensity JUMP! Experiences and is passionately involved in sustainable and social entrepreneurship. Aside from the great outdoors, James loves snowboarding, spray-painting, learning about ancient mythology and riding fixies. Over and...

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Wiebke Nedel – Senior Facilitator

Wiebke Nedel – Senior Facilitator

Wiebke, originally from Germany lives in South Africa. She works as a free-lance facilitator worldwide devoting her work and life to personal development and leadership in a global context. As International Programme Manager of Educo Africa she runs wilderness and community based Social Justice and conscious global citizenship courses for groups of academics, professionals and young people from all over the world. Experiential methodology and the use of wilderness as a tool for growth and self-recognition are central in her work. She has an MA in Education (Germany) and is a certified Wilderness and Vision Quest guide (South Africa/ USA) with 20 years of...

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Claire Bennet – Senior Facilitator

Claire Bennet  – Senior Facilitator

Claire graduated from Cambridge with a first-class degree MA degree, and since then has devoted her life to working in the fields of international development and global issues education. She was a founder member and the country director of a non-profit working in remote regions of Nepal (PHASE Nepal ) the country she now calls home. She also worked for several years as an adviser to an organization in rural Cambodia. In her native UK She was the UK coordinator of youth organization Development in Action, worked with Think Global supporting disadvantaged youth to take action on global issues in their own communities, trained teachers and youth workers in development education pedagogy, and became a coordinator of a DFID strategy to embed a global dimension to classroom education.    Claire now works freelance for JUMP! and a number of other international educational organizations, offering training and consultancy in global citizenship education, international development and overseas service.  She is also co-authoring a book on these themes called ‘Learning Service’.  Passionate about global equality and social justice, these values drives everything that she does. Claire is an incurable optimist and has boundless energy – mainly fueled by caffeine from her British tea-drinking habit....

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Felipe Izquierdo – Facilitator

Felipe Izquierdo – Facilitator

Felipe is a Colombian student, entrepreneur and fitness enthusiast. He is originally from Colombia but is currently pursuing a double degree in business administration in Madrid, Spain. Felipe joined YPO as child and has been part of the world International Board since 2014 in Berlin. He says YPO has given him some of the best and most adventures of his life.

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Katharina Kirk – Program Manager (Contract)

Katharina Kirk – Program Manager (Contract)

Kat was born in Moldova, grew up in Germany, lived in the USA for 6 years and has spent the last 7 years around Thailand and Malaysia. While each place has become home in one way or another, they also nurtured a passion for traveling and exploring. Whenever possible, Kat loves to discover new places, learn about the culture there, and try new delicious foods. She greatly enjoys meeting people, dancing, laughing, rock climbing, being in nature, and playing with puppies.

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Wessel van Lith – Facilitator

Wessel van Lith – Facilitator

Wes grew up in a small village in the south of the Netherlands. Never really satisfied with the area he was living in, he used to take trips to bigger cities in Europe as a teen and as soon as he graduated high school flew to Italy for a solo trip that lasted a month. Almost inevitably, the next step was flying to Bangkok in August 2014 to start training Muay Thai, or Thai boxing, daily. After training he traveled around Asia, experiencing different cultures and eating his way through them. One of his highlights with the JUMP! Foundation was visiting an organic farm and witnessing students getting excited about food and its origins, a thing he is passionate about himself! Wes is glad to be involved with the JUMP! Foundation and hopes to be able to be involved with many more programs in the...

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Lu Yi – Facilitator

Lu Yi – Facilitator

Lu Yi was born and raised in Hunan, a province in Southern China. He participated in some charity associations in college and did an internship at a Cooperate Social Responsibility (CSR) enterprise. His passion in public welfare had led him to join Teach for China as a voluntary teacher once he had graduated from Sun Yat-sen University with a Bachelor’s Degree in 2011. After two years in an mountainous elementary school as “Mr. Lu”, he stayed for another year in Teach for China as a program manager, whose priority is to train and support teaching fellows. In April 2015, LU Yi JUMP!ed in as a program coordinator. One hobby of Lu Yi is long distance cycling. In the summer of 2012, he cycled 34 days, over 2000 kms, all the way from Lijiang, Yunan to Lhasa, Tibet! He also loves travelling, hiking and...

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Emily He – Facilitator

Emily He – Facilitator

Unwilling to settle anywhere since leaving her hometown of Brookline, Massachusetts, Emily He can (or cannot) be found in a rural village in Beijing, on the mountains of Turkey, in a desert of Morocco, on the beaches of Malaysia, and on the train whipping through Sri Lanka. When she is not eating and fleeting her way through the world, Emily is co-running JUMP’s Chinese development project and educational NGO called Project Gegejiejie, a volunteer mentorship program for Beijing’s children of migrant workers. In 2011, she graduated from NYU with an individualized degree in Community Education and Empowerment, and went on to grad school at Tsinghua University in Beijing for an MPA in International Development. Next year, Emily plans on taking a year off to travel and volunteer through Southeast...

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Holly Geddert – Facilitator

Holly Geddert – Facilitator

Holly grew up in a rural community in British Columbia, Canada where her love of the outdoors grew into a lifestyle. She started working in experiential education programs at Educo Canada, as a Senior Staff and eventually as a board member. Witnessing transformational moments with youth inspired her to receive a degree in Child and Youth Care Counselling. More recently, Holly has worked in the Vancouver school boards community schools team, focusing on providing vulnerable populations opportunities to connect with their community. As a lead facilitator on JUMP! Experiences programs, Holly brings a love of the outdoors, exploring new cultures, and empowering youth to create amazing learning experiences for all JUMP!...

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Anna Li – Facilitator

Anna Li – Facilitator

Growing up in Beijing, China, Anna Li spent most of her time pursuing academic excellence and exploring her interests. Her favorite part of Chinese culture is Chinese calligraphy, for it requires great persistence and patience to master. Anna studies chemistry at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. However, she is also interested in other subjects, such as computer science and drawing. For Anna, drawing provides a powerful way to express her feelings. The combination of different geometric shapes fascinates her, and these creative combinations are often found in her paintings of buildings. During her free time, she loves reading different kinds of books, especially fiction novels. After successfully completing her first year of college, Anna returned to Beijing and officially became a JUMP! facilitator. She learned about the JUMP! Foundation through her work at Bridging Education and Mobility (BEAM, a JUMP! Development partner organization) during her gap year before college. Anna appreciates the opportunity to be a member of JUMP! because it is a safe and inspiring environment to learn and...

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Brian Houle – Senior Facilitator

Brian Houle – Senior Facilitator

Originally from North Dakota, Brian received his B.S. degree in Anthropology and Geoscience from Minnesota State University Moorhead.  Brian worked as an archaeologist throughout the Western United States. Following a stint abroad in New Zealand, he fell in love with climbing and decided to follow his passion, leave archaeology, and join the Mountain Training School (MTS) based in southern Chile.  At MTS, Brian studied wilderness navigation, glacier mountaineering, alpine skiing, and rock climbing throughout Patagonia, Alaska and Spain. In 2012 he trained the first Thai guides to pass the AMGA SPI exam. Brian has also developed risk management plans and emergency response protocols for a number of companies, setting the standard for outdoor operators in South East Asia. Certified WMA Wilderness First Responder and is a AMGA certified Single Pitch...

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d’Arcy Lunn – Senior Facilitator

d’Arcy Lunn – Senior Facilitator

d’Arcy Lunn is from Australia, once-upon-a-time-ago.  He is a registered teacher and educator who is passionate about teaching, sharing, volunteering, travel and learning. For the past 14 years his passions have taken him to more than 60 countries around the world – including Kyrgyzstan, Arctic Canada and recently back in Africa working with UNICEF in Uganda. Since 2009 d’Arcy has delivered a mix of information and inspiration in over 400 presentations and workshops to a blend of audiences from schools, universities, hospitals, businesses, community groups, panels, Rotary, Lions, government, at conferences and in many other forums. d’Arcy’s vast array of experiences has seen him work as a teacher (rarely in his own country), project innovator, campaign manager, program manager and communications specialist. d’Arcy’s dream and living is to see of a world without extreme poverty for everyone, everywhere & forever!...

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Frank Cohn – Senior Facilitator

Frank Cohn – Senior Facilitator

Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Frank has worked with youth and community groups in over 100 rural villages and urban neighborhoods in almost 20 countries in Latin America and Asia.  He is the Executive Director and founder of Global Potential, a youth leadership organization with 120 volunteers operating out of offices in 3 cities. Since 2007, Global Potential has provided over 2500 youth from inner-city and rural communities in New York, Boston, Paris, Haiti, Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua, with transformative life experiences through travel, cultural exchange, service learning, and experiential education. Frank also works as a management, program development/evaluation, and leadership consultant for several other non-profit organizations, currently as a Parent Leadership Consultant for Cool Culture in New York’s Chinatown. His previous work includes Field Director for an NGO in Central America and with the United Nations in Social Policy and Development. Frank was selected in 2011 as the New Yorker of the Week by NY1 Television, and in 2010 won the Emerging Social Worker Award from the National Association of Social Workers – NYC Chapter, and was designated a “Robin Hood Lionheart”. In 2008 he was a ‘We Are All Brooklyn’ Fellow and is currently on their advisory committee, and in 2005 he was the Founding President of the Columbia University Partnership for International Development (CUPID). Frank brings 13 years of managerial and supervisory experience with designing, running, evaluating, and overcoming challenges within community service and development programs. He is a graduate lecturer at Rutgers University and Columbia University, and guest lectures and keynotes for various universities and events. Frank conducts training in 5 languages, around the world, on Non-Profit Management, Experiential Education, Social Entrepreneurship, Communication, Stress Management, and Team Building; for corporations, grassroots community groups, non-profit organizations, school administrators and teachers, and students. Frank holds his Masters of Science in Social Work from Columbia University, specializing in International Social Development and Social Enterprise Administration, and speaks fluent French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and Haitian Creole, and is functional in several other languages....

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Steffen Lohrmann – Senior Facilitator

Steffen Lohrmann – Senior Facilitator

Steffen Lohrmann is the Manager of Partnership Development for South East Asia.  He is responsible for developing new partnerships with international schools, universities, and corporate organizations interested in experiential education. Steffen has been  with JUMP! since March 2013, and is involved in many facets of the organization including program development, facilitation, strategy, and hiring. Steffen grew up all over the world and became interested in youth development after realizing the business and hospitality world were not for him. Understanding the multicultural globalized environment we live in today, he is passionate about working with youth to help provide the skills and mindsets necessary to thrive as individuals and members of a community. Steffen loves being around nature and enjoys anything active, whether it be hiking, motorbike riding, swimming or martial arts.  ...

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Lena Papadopoulos – Senior Facilitator

Lena Papadopoulos – Senior Facilitator

Lena Papadopoulos is a first generation Greek-American, born and raised in South Carolina.  Her heart, however, belongs to her true home in the small seaside village of Perni, Greece, where she has spent most of her summers with her immediate and extended family. Lena received her B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from Clemson University, before completing a M.A. from the University of Colorado in Cultural Anthropology and International Development, with a focus on religious nationalism, invented historical narratives, and conflict in Greece and Turkey. Her greatest passions in life are people and travel.  Lena feels very fortunate to have lived a life full of so many amazing opportunities and adventures, and a few of her most rewarding and enriching life experiences include living in the Cultural Exchange Community at Clemson University; studying abroad in New Zealand; teaching at the University of Colorado; backpacking through Europe, Southeast Asia, and Chile; teaching in Tanzania; and working in China. Lena enjoys reading, writing, painting, photography, hiking, giving gifts, laughing, and spending quality time with people she values. Her role at JUMP! allows her to be inspired, empowered, engaged, challenged, independent, creative, and innovative, all while having ridiculous amounts of fun with an amazing community of change-makers.     Email Lena!  ...

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Dan Kinzer – Senior Faciltiator

Dan Kinzer – Senior Faciltiator

Dan Kinzer came to JUMP! after several years of working as an international school educator in the Caribbean and East Asia, where he taught Theory of Knowledge, IB Psychology, Humanities and History; was the faculty advisor for the Global Issues Network student groups; and coached several varsity basketball and volleyball teams. Dan has also spent time in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Suriname, Peru, and the Philippines, working to empower youth in developing communities. Before joining the international school scene, Dan taught in a large public high school in northwest Florida and served as a wilderness counselor and teacher for ‘at-risk’ youth with Eckerd Youth Alternatives. Dan earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Neuroscience from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee where he also pursued his passions for adventure and exploration by white water rafting, rock climbing, surfing, and trekking. Dan is a PADI Advanced Open Water scuba diver, has surfed waves breaking on the shores of six continents, and also loves mountaineering. He enjoys laughing at himself while he wanders his way through broken Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, and hopes to learn many more languages as he makes his way around the world. Dan finds so much to learn, and so much room to grow, in adventures of all kinds; and his greatest joy is sharing in these adventures with his wife, daughter, and son, friends, and other curious minds.  ...

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Aveleigh Gateman – Senior Facilitator

Aveleigh Gateman – Senior Facilitator

  Aveleigh Gateman was born and raised in the quaint rural setting of southwestern Ontario, Canada.  In a high school surrounded by cornfields, she devoured all of the global issues and art classes she could and her passions for positive social change and creativity were ignited.  She’s been traveling her own unpredictable path ever since.  Aveleigh has a degree in International Development and Globalization from the University of Ottawa, as well as an MSc. in Arts & NGO management from EDHEC Business School in France. She has spent the last 7 years turning into an expat – traveling and working throughout Europe, Asia and Africa, with 3 of those years as a dedicated member of the JUMP! Community. She loves working with JUMP! to develop opportunities for youth to create and to grow, and is excited to expand these opportunities to even more young people through JUMP’s Development Fund.  When she’s not otherwise occupied plotting her next adventure, she enjoys running, hiking, yoga, painting, reading and picnicking. ...

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Mei Lum – Senior Facilitator

Mei Lum – Senior Facilitator

Born and raised in New York City, Mei Lum spent most of her childhood in the back kitchen of her grandparents’ Chinatown antique shop. Through her grandfather’s teachings of Chinese poetry and watching him lead different development projects in the local community, Mei became inspired to pursue her studies in Chinese language and culture as well as her passion for education and community development. After graduating from Mount Holyoke College in 2012 with a B.A. in East Asian Studies, Mei flew to the small quaint town of Phang-nga in southern Thailand and started her first year as a Princeton in Asia (PiA) Fellow teaching English, playing ukulele, smiling, laughing, livin’ and lovin’!  Music is one of Mei’s biggest passions; wherever she is, Mei finds time to sing and play either (or all!) the tuba, guitar and ukulele. This year Mei returns to Beijing after studying Chinese at Tsinghua University in 2011 for her second year fellowship with PiA, and is so thrilled to be a part of the JUMP! team!...

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Tim Foley – Senior Facilitator

Tim Foley – Senior Facilitator

Tim Foley graduated from American University in 2012 with a B.A. in International Relations and a minor in Chinese. He’s been trying to make his way back to China since he spent a semester in Beijing in 2010. Tim could not be happier to have found a job that involves hiking, working with youth, and traveling throughout China and the world! Tim has been known to drop everything and go camping, setting out on his bike with his hammock when the weather is nice. His ultimate goal for living in China is to fully develop his Beijing taxi-driver accent and his favorite Chinese word is “WA zi” (socks!).     ...

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Jacqueline Aldrovandi – Senior Facilitator

Jacqueline Aldrovandi – Senior Facilitator

Born and raised north of Toronto, Canada, Jacqueline Aldrovandi is living the dream trying to find a balance between her love for working with youth and her passion for international development.  Jacqueline was a full-time member of the JUMP! team in Beijing from 2011-2014, acting as a Partnership Manager, China Program Director, and most recently as the Global Program Director.  Before moving to China, she spent eight years working at a summer camp for inner city girls and volunteering in rural Thailand at a children’s home for displaced youth. Jacqueline has also worked as an intern at Free The Children in Toronto and as a research assistant for the 2010 Millennium Summit/Sommet du Millénaire in Montréal. She loves baking, reading, playing, laughing, and spending time with her family and friends. Jacqueline holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a double minor in International Development and Educational Psychology from McGill University in Montréal.      ...

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