We develop collaborative partnership opportunities to protect the well-being of the community and catalyze long-term sustainability.
We learned that locally developed strategies are wiser, more likely to be effective, and more likely to be sustainable compared to outside top-down interventions. Our model is based on the wisdom of its members to identify and solve problems together, to learn together, and share experiences and expertise.
VOLUNTEER ABROAD MODEL
MASHIKUNA ECUADOR MODEL
Shorter-term, informal relationships around a project or task.
More durable and pervasive relationships.
Some planning and division of roles.
New structure with commitment to common goals.
Separate goals, resources, and structures.
All members contribute resources and share rewards and leadership.
Mashikuna Ecuador is 100% family-owned and operated organization. We bring more than 20 years of experience in economic and community development projects.
Alex Carrera, Country Director
Alex brings to Mashikuna Ecuador over 20 years of experience in business management and accounting. He is passionate about animal advocacy and programs to educate the general public on animal rights and protection.
Rommel Carrera, Director of Strategic Partnerships
Rommel has worked locally and internationally developing programs on human and animal rights, economic development, and gender issues for over 13 years, including working with volunteers of all ages, nationalities, and backgrounds in different parts of Ecuador. His professional experience includes working with the Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and Plan International. He is passionate about social justice and creating positive change through service and advocacy.
Tamara Carrera, Marketing Director
Tamara has extensive experience in adapting solutions that focus on customer experience first. She helps the organization refine its marketing strategies to better serve our collaborative partners. Her passion is about social justice and women’s rights.