Countdown to the New Volunteers Begins!

With only 6 weeks left here at the Center, we have been busily preparing for the arrival of the 5th generation of Batahola Volunteers! They will arrive in August for Spanish school and a few weeks of orientation with us here at the Center. We thought we’d give you a little information so that you can get to know them!


Clare is a 24 year old from Vashon Island, Washington. She studied Law, Societies and Justice at the University of Washington. After graduating, she spent a year serving as a Jesuit Volunteer at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in Eastern Washington. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new places, reading, listening to music, going for hikes, and playing ukulele. Her friends describe her as a friendly, open, passionate, caring, and a good listener. Clare first travelled to Nicaragua on a summer exchange in high school, and is very excited to return to work at the Centro Cutlural Batahola Norte! She is looking forward to participating in the Center’s violence prevention initiatives and expanding her understanding of popular education through teaching English classes. She can’t wait to eat some more fried plantains and Gallo pinto and to get to know the surrounding community when she arrives.


Natasha is from Arlington Heights, Illinois. She just graduated from Marquette University where she studied International Affairs with a focus in International Economic Relations and Spanish. She spent a semester studying abroad in Santiago, Chile and has also taken weeklong trips through a program called Applied Global Business Learning to the Dominican Republic and El Salvador. She has experience working with women in leadership and microfinance and some of her main interests are immigration, economic development as well as women’s rights and empowerment. She also volunteered for a summer teaching English as an Empowering Latinos Mentor. Natasha played the flute and sang in the choir in high school and she has continued singing in her church choir. Her friends describe her as extroverted, funny and expressive. Her hobbies are doing yoga, dancing, Zumba, listening to music and spending time with friends. In the future she would like to work in non-profit fundraising, but for now she’s excited to meet everyone at the Center and jump right into life in Batahola.

We want to welcome Clare and Natasha to the Batahola friends, so if you want to drop them a line during their time of transition I’m sure they would appreciate it. You can contact Clare at and Natasha at

Bienvenidas chicas! We’re excited to see you in two and a half weeks!

-Kelsey & Erika


One thought on “Countdown to the New Volunteers Begins!

  1. Thanks to you who have served so well–sorry we never got a chance to meet. Warmest welcome to you coming on board; I hope to meet you early in the new year. And as one all of whose education and subsequent teaching career since the age of fourteen was at Jesuit schools (note the email address), I am delighted to see we will have Jesuit connections at the Center.

    Dick Gruber (FOB Board)

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