Research Coordinator (on leave until 2018)
Belen is a specialist in Community Development processes. Specifically, over the last 10 years, she has worked in designing, administering and evaluating community based tourism in Ecuador and Peru. Additionally, she has worked as part time faculty for Beloit College, the Universidad San Francisco de Quito and Broward College. She also co-founded the educational organization, Fundación Quito Eterno. Recently Belén served as the Ecuador and Peru General Program Specialist for Sustainable Horizons. In this position she worked closely with rural communities in both countries in order to strengthen local institutions and increase community participation in different projects related to infrastructure improvement, community education and international education. Belén's current research focuses on community struggles to increase participation and control over economic alternatives to their traditional economies. She is also interested in how international education shapes global leaders' understandings of the contested aspects between local and global interests, and how this understanding can be transformed into actions for change. Belen has an MA in Latin American Studies with a focus on rural development studies from the University of Texas at Austin and is currently pursuing her PhD in Human Geography from the University of Oregon.
While on leave, research coordination is carried out from the office of the Director.
Logistical and Community Education Coordinator
The Pachaysana Institute and Fundación Quito Eterno work through an alliance in which each organization benefits from the strengths of the other. Quito Eterno's incredible team of cultural organizers, educators and artists lead our efforts in coordinating logistical operations and much of our community education projects.