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Alex Bio

Alex Bustamante: National Director

Born and bred in London, Alex first visited Bolivia (his father´s country) at the age of 8. In the first of three trips he was introduced to Andean culture, dancing in the Urkupiña festival, eating chuño (potato without the happiness) and playing for the Enrique Happ football school in Cochabamba. Last year he swapped London for Bolivia to be closer to his girlfriend and dad, to explore his own culture, and to apply E.F. Schumacher´s theory of Buddhist Economics to his own life.  After an early career teaching English, football coaching in England and Ghana, facilitating volunteer activities and travelling to all five continents, Alex’s own deep enquiry into how to bring out the best in people led him to join a business education charity, Young Enterprise. In three years he delivered programmes to over 20,000 young people, recruiting and training, hundreds of volunteers. Subsequently, Alex spent three years at another youth organisation, Future Foundations, where he led teams in designing and delivering leadership programmes including the organisation’s first global programme. Alex loves Bolivian food, South American music and Monday night futsal.

Milli Bio photoMilli Spence: Communications Coordinator 

Growing up in an Australian seaside town, Milli loves the ocean and any body of water.  Having travelled internationally since birth she has a passion for exploring new countries and cultures. Milli lived on the island of Oahu Hawai’i for 2 years with her family. Later she participated in a cultural exchange to Brazil returning again for a seminar camp at the age of 18. She worked in England and travelled through Europe before studying first year Chinese Medicine. Milli traveled around Australia, often volunteering at festivals or working in exchange for accommodation. She studied a Permaculture Design Certificate, Ka Huna and Lomi Lomi massage, Mayan Abdominal Massage, meditation and yoga. Returning to Melbourne she lived in a communal warehouse while studying International Development which deepened her respect for grassroots NGOs and fuelled her passion to work internationally. Working for a Melbourne based NGO for 4 years supporting newly arrived refugees and migrants Milli gained experience working cross culturally, project management and intensive case management. Having lived in Mexico for two years cumulatively Milli wanted to explore a different Latin American country and jumped at the opportunity to work for Sustainable Bolivia. Milli adores dancehall tunes, loves jewelry and is a bit of a snob when it comes to coffee and cocktails.

Jhoully Murillo: Finanz und Buchaltungs Direktor

Jhoully wurde am 16.11.1983 in La Paz, Bolivien geboren. Befor Schulanfang zog ihre Familie mit ihr nach Cochabamba. Sie erhielt ihren Abschluss von der Mädchenschule „Liceo de Senoritas Bolivia“. Darauf erhielt sie 2004 ihen Bachelor im öffentlichen Rechnungswesen von der Universität San Simon. Sie arbeitete als Junior Auditor für die Beratungsfirma A&C. In 2008 arbeitete sie als Trainer für das Referendum eines Mandates. Innerhalb dieser Position nahm sie Teil an einem Trainingsprogramm für die Entwicklungs-, Managements- und Führungsfähigkeiten für junge Unternehmer. Jhoully arbeitet nun als Direktor für Finanzen und Buchhaltung bei Sustainable Bolivia, und außerdem ist sie die Leiterin der Finanziellen Abteilung für Fitness Group Bolivia. In ihrer Freizeit reist sie gerne in die Landschaft, verbringt Zeit mit Familie und Freunden, mag Tanzen und Sport.


CocoJorge Arebalo: Office Assistant

Jorge Arébalo lebt in Cochabamba. Im Jahre 2005 absolvierte er sein Rechtswissenschaftsstudium an der San SimonUniversity. Waehrend seines Studiums war er als Fakultaetsanwalt, Sekretaer der Konfliktloesung an der Local Student Federation und Studentenrat seiner Fakultaet taetig. Er war im Komitee fuer junge ‘campesinos’ und gruendete die O.I.R., eine regionale Organisation mit dem Ziel, marginalisierten Gruppen die Integritaet in das Universitaetsleben zu erleichtern. Jorge arbeitet fuer ‘Sustainable Bolivia’ als Buero-Assistant. Unter anderem gibt er Stadtfuehrungen fuer neue Freiwillige. In seiner Freizeit bastelt er an Automobilen, ein Hobby, das ihm haeufig nationale Preise einbringt, und ist als Freiwilliger Helfer fuer locale soziale Projekte taetig.


 DaniDanilsa Jauregui: Office Assistant

Danilsa was born in La Paz, Bolivia on the 20th of April. She completed her primary and secondary education in the city of Santa Cruz and is currently studying Social Communication in the University Mayor de San Simón. In 2010 she worked as a news reporter for local program “The Morning Show” on 94.3 FM. Following this experience, she continued to work with radio programming in the San Simón university. As part of this work, she formed part of the team to research and create tourist documentaries about the city of Cochabamba and contributed to such works as “El Pueblito,” “Tarata Moderna,” amongst others. In her spare time she enjoys viewing theater, creating handcrafts and watching movies.


Gary LimeGary Lime: Resident Gardner

In 1973, Gary graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a Education. He lived five more years in Oxford, becoming Coordinator of a Junior High In-school Suspension Program, and raising organic vegetables. In 1978, Gary moved to San Cristobal, New Mexico, just north of Taos. He lived in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains, working in a variety of jobs: house parenting, landscaping, chef, bartender, electrician, Junior High and High School football coach, and teacher. In 1992, Gary moved to the Mora valley in Las Vegas, New Mexico, and worked as a counselor in a residential treatment facility. In 1996, Gary received a Masters’ degree in Special Education from New Mexico Highlands University. He then began teaching in Cheyenne, Wyoming where he introduced group therapy to the classroom and taught for nine years at East High School in Cheyenne. In 2007 Gary quit his job to travel through South America. He arrived in Cochabamba in January of 2008 and has been with Sustainable Bolivia ever since. He is a prominent figure in SB’s culture and has many roles.  He is our resident gardener, counselor, hiking guide, cookie-baker and fajita master.



Yara Espinoza: Resident Coordinator

Yara Espinoza was born in Cochabamba on the 23rd of May 1992. She studied and lived in Tarija and later moved back to her birthplace. In Tarija she volunteered for a German project caring for orphaned children. She also volunteered for the Inti Wara Yassi community caring for animals at risk of illegal trafficking. Yara has always been interested in healthy eating and environmental conservation. She works part-time as Resident Coordinator with Sustainable Bolivia, while completing her university degree in Social Communication. In her free time Yara likes bike riding, reading, watching films, cooking, doing exercise and spending time with her family.



Jenna - yoga for SBJenna Hall: Yoga Instructor

Born and raised in a small New England town just outside of Boston, Jenna’s fascination for foreign spaces and exotic places started at a young age after a trip with her family to deliver shoes to the impoverished villages of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. She can still remember the pure bliss that filled her soul after being invited to play a pick-up soccer game with the locals. Despite her wanderlust spirit, she eventually buckled down and graduated in 2009 from the California State, Dominguez Hills, with a degree in Public Relations and Writing. In 2012, her travel bug returned and she took off to backpack through Central America, where she earned her 200 RYT Yoga Teacher Certification in Lago de Atitlán, Guatemala. Shortly after returning to the United States, she realized that she had left her corazón in Latin America; in 2014 she moved to Bolivia to work with Sustainable Bolivia in fundraising and yoga class facilitation. She now lives a simple life, enjoying local street-food, biking, and dancing her little heart out whenever she has the chance.


Doctora Garapiña Sandia Sostenible (aka Piña)

SB’s neue Hausherrin, Piña haben wir im November 2010 als das schönste Welpen des ganzen San Martín Hundeheims zu uns geholt in unsere Familie aufgenommen. Obwohl wir ihr all den Luxus und die Aufmerksamkeit offerieren, die eine moderne Haushündin erwartet, ist und bleibt unsere Piña im Herzen immer noch ein Straßenhund. Wir haben noch keine Nahrung gefunden, die Piña nicht gerne isst. Darin eingeschlossen sind Fleisch aller Art, Gemüse und auch Früchte (obwohl sie einst eine Abneigung gegen Trauben hatte!). Piña genießt das Treffen mit Freunden im Park, die Begrüßungen aller neuen SB Volontären und das Wandern in die nahen Bergen. Sie ist zweisprachig und gibt stets ihr Bestes, um ein warmes und positives Ambiente im Haupthaus des SB zu schaffen.


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