Who are we?

 

Casa de la Alegría is a labour of love, run almost entirely by volunteers. Only our Bolivian team is paid staff. Everyone else, from our website wizards to our translators, works solely wishing to help the children. If you’d like to know more about our team, just click their picture and keep on reading. If you‘d like to become a volunteer, click here for more information. We are looking forward to having you on board.

Laurie - Oprichtster

Laurie – Founder

Miranda

Miranda – Coordinator in Cochabamba

Walter

Walter – Teacher

Sonia

Sonia – Teacher

Guelly

Guelly – Teacher

Sarai

Sarai – Observer in Cochabamba

Carolene

Carolene – Advisory board creative therapy

Karlijn

Karlijn – Advisory board creative therapy

Sabine

Sabine – Advisory board creative therapy

Kaatje – Stagiaire

Kaatje – Advisory board creative therapy

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Sita – Chamberlain

Saar

Saar – Coordinator in the Netherlands

Anne

Anne – Coordinator in the Netherlands

Carolien

Carolien – Editor

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Hilde – Editor

Kim

Kim – Editor

Marthe

Marthe – Editor

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Ton – Editor

Estrid

Estrid – Coach and advisor

Cédric

Cédric – Website

Caroline - Website

Caroline – Website

Lajla en Rob

Lajla – Web shop

Lajla en Rob

Rob – Web shop

Loulou

Loulou – Promoter and creative therapy advisor

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Elsewietske – Promoter

Laurie – Founder and Trainer

Laurie_150pxThe founder of Casa de la Alegría, Laurie IJzerman, has been leading the organization in Cochabamba since 2012. She has a degree in Cultural Anthropology, Development Sociology and Latin American studies. She felt inspired to work together with the young inhabitants of Cochabamba and help them create a better future for themselves. On the board, Laurie is the driving force. She is in charge of training the teachers and facilitating the therapeutic process.Back to top

Miranda – Funds advisor

Miranda After studying Creative Therapy for a year, Miranda graduated in Social Legal Services, where she sought to gain insight into the workings of the international playing-field and human rights. In the Netherlands and Belgium, Miranda worked as a paralegal. In 2017 she decided to follow her heart and became part of the team in Cochabamba, working as the Social Coordinator of the foundation. Today she supports Casa de la Alegría from the Netherlands as our funds advisor. Back to top

Walter – Teacher

WalterWalter Daniel Casazola Dávila has been working in the field of alternative education with children and adolescents since 2010. Walter’s goal is to help children and teenagers plant seeds for the future, helping them make the right calls in life, and strengthen and develop their personalities. His use of art, puppetry and playful pedagogy is a constant source of inspiration for the whole team in Cochabamba. Back to top

Guelly – Teacher

GuellyGuelly Eugenia Quiñones Escobar, from Cochabamba, has a degree in psychology, and has had dreams of
working with kids and adolescents ever since she started her studies. Since then she has been keeping busy getting diplomas in working with special needs kids and children with learning difficulties. Her patience, eagerness to grow and fortitude are inspiring to the whole team. Back to top

Sarai – Observer in Cochabamba

SaraiSarai Juliana Rey Perez was born in La Paz. She studied Social Communication and is very interested in education, as well as photography and audiovisual production. Sarai started working for the foundation in 2018, and has been supporting the team in countless ways. She believes the work of Casa de la Alegría
provides children and teenagers with greater opportunities in their future. Back to top

Carolene – Advisory board creative therapy

CaroleneCarolene Carolene Pessies graduated as a music therapist in 2013. She feels blessed that in 2015/2016 she was able to work as creative therapist at Casa de la Alegría in Cochabamba for a year. Carolene now works as a music therapist in a large child and youth village in Germany and loves being involved as a board member for Casa de la Alegría. Back to top

Karlijn – Advisory board creative therapy

Foto Karlijn 2In 2015 and 2017 Karlijn worked as a creative therapist at the ‘Casa’ in Bolivia. Whilst training teachers, observing classes, and coordinating the work undertaken in Cochabamba she lost her heart to the foundation. Now she’s helping us as a creative therapy advisor. “What I particularly enjoy seeing is how much the kids have grown. I sure am proud of the work we are doing!” Back to top

Sabine – Advisory board creative therapy

Sabine Sabine Sabine Seijerlin is a dance/movement therapist who offers guidance, training and dance/movement therapy to children, adolescents and adults. In 2013 Sabine went to Bolivia to transfer her knowledge to the team in Bolivia, something she enjoyed immensely. When she got back she wanted to stay involved in the foundation and so she started on our advisory board. Back to top

Sita – Chamberlain

UB 2016 portrettenSita Bhagwann was born in Suriname and studied Indology in Utrecht. Her hobbies include yoga and Indian classical song and dance, and she enjoys volunteering where her skills and interests can be put to good use. Since September 2016 Sita has been assisting Casa de la Alegría with its financial administration. Back to top

Saar – Volunteer

SaarSaar Ariel’s interest in different cultures led her to pursue a master’s degree in Cultural Psychology. Besides this, she is dedicated to help children in need, in all regions of the world. Her passions for South America, helping children, psychology, and music are what made her decide to support Casa de la
Alegría. Back to top

Anne – Coordinator in the Netherlands

Anne Anne van der Velde is the Coordinator for Casa de la Alegría in the Netherlands. She first discovered the Spanish language and culture during her bachelor in Language and Communication. Anne went on to do a master’s in Intercultural Communication. She also cares deeply about making the world a better place, at Casa de la Alegría, she can combine her passion for a better world with her passion for Spanish! Back to top

Carolien – Editor

CarolienCarolien Jonker has been a volunteer for Casa de la Alegría since March 2015. During her degree she took several Spanish courses, and in 2011 she studied in Mexico for six months, travelling through Middle America afterwards. Because of these incredible experiences she feels a deep connection to the Latin American language and culture. Back to top

Kim – Editor

Foto Site KimKim de Oude has been an editor for Casa de la Alegría since early 2013. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology in Amsterdam and a master’s in Medical Anthropology in Edinburgh shewanted to do something good with all that knowledge and experience. By working for the foundation she can combine her passions for anthropology, theatre and language perfectly. Back to top

Ton – Editor

ton van den born in 2016 kleinTon van der Born has been volunteering for Casa de la Alegría since December 2016, working in our editorial department. During his studies he undertook an internship in Spain, and later trained as a Spanish interpreter while studying journalism in Utrecht. Currently, he works freelance and, whilst still writing about green education, also writes about gender diversity for example, for the website of Transgender Network Nederland. Back to top

Cédric – Website

CédricCédric Bulteel is a professional developer, designer and photographer with his own agency. He travelled to Cochabamba in March 2019 to take pictures of our work and get to know the foundation. To him nature is an infinite source of creativity, and he loves spending time outdoors. Thanks to Cédric we have our very own website wizard! Back to top

Caroline – Website

CarolineCaroline Margaux Gevaert moved to Cochabamba in June of 2010 for her bachelor internship, fell in love with the country, and ended up staying for 2 years. During this time, she got to know Laurie and became involved in the foundation. Caroline has built our website, and is responsible for all our technical and web related matters.Back to top

Lajla – Web shop

Lajla en RobFor most of her working life, Lajla Kleine worked night shifts in institutions for people with mental disabilities. The last five years she spent as a planner and schedule maker. In December 2013 Lajla came into contact with Casa de la Alegría. Besides overseeing our Rocks and Water manual, she and her partner Rob are also responsible for our web shop. Back to top

Rob – Web shop

Lajla en RobRob Rompa came into contact with the foundation in the spring of 2014, through his partner Lajla. The combination of really making an impact on the socially and emotionally neglected children in Cochabamba, and his interest in the Bolivian culture is what really drew him to this project. In Rob’s working life care, youth work and education play an important role, and he concluded training in garden therapy. Back to top

Loulou – Promoter and advisor creative therapy

LoulouLoulou Baudoin is a music therapist. In 2016, she undertook an internship at Casa de la Alegría as part of her minor studies in International Sustainable Development Cooperation. During her internship Loulou developed the Libro de metas (Goals book) and the Libro de ejercicios (Games book), defining the occupational therapy projects performed by the foundation. Back to top

Elsewietske – Promoter

elsewietskeElsewietske Biever (Else for short) deals with promotion for Juntucha Language school in the
Netherlands. Her interest in Latin America found its roots during her Spanish language and literature study program at Leiden University. After a period teaching and translating, Else was active as advisor and account manager for e-learning. This expertise has proved a useful tool for the promotion of Juntucha. Back to top

Other volunteers

Besides our permanent volunteers, we also have plenty of people who, although they don’t have a permanent position (anymore), help us out regularly, for example with our benefits. We are very grateful to these people, and don’t want to let their efforts go unnoticed.   We also have a small army of people who help us out from time to time by translating documents. This mainly concerns books, articles and texts about creative therapy and theory that we would like to use in our programs, but aren’t available in Spanish. We are very grateful to have so many people willing to help us out by translating (parts of) these documents, so we can discuss them with our teachers in Cochabamba, and integrate them into our programs.   So: Elisabeth Verbeeck, Nanette Balkema, Tatiana Togni, Mariëlle Moonen, Pauline van der Valk, Angela Andrea Salinas, Anne Heijdra, Annelieke Baardslag, Sasha Ayoub, Marieke Baron, Carmen Monterosso Rivas, Mercedes Arellano, Anne van der Velde, Sharmaine Bartelen, Katharina Krusselmann, Stevia Jamen, Bernadette Iseli, Leendert Stam, Joris Vermeulen, Joana Gomes Neto, Sami Cameron Donoghue, Frances Morris, Hilmar Zonneveld, Joaquin Morando-Zamba, Nienke Jansen, Iris Bos and Cristina Martinez, thank you very much! Back to top