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FSD Site Team Members

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Mauricio Ramirez Parra Program Director | Cochabamba, Bolivia

Mauricio has served as the Director of FSD's Bolivia program since it was initiated in 2000. A native Bolivian, Mauricio has extensive experience with the international community. He has been involved with various agricultural and environmental projects and has served as the coordinator for Farmer to Farmer, financed by USAID since 1996, in Cochabamba. In this capacity, he supported projects that provided agricultural producers with technical assistance in the areas of beekeeping, livestock, and the production of fruits and vegetables. He is currently the President of Partners of the Americas in Bolivia, an organization that incorporates volunteers from North Carolina and Bolivia. Together, volunteers address the areas of health, agriculture, art and culture, search and rescue, women’s issues, rehabilitation, and justice. Mauricio has experience working with volunteers since 1995.

Juan Pablo Vargas Llanos Local Program Coordinator | Cochabamba, Bolivia

Juan Pablo was born in Vallegrande, Bolivia. He graduated with a B.A in Business Administration from the Universidad Mayor de San Simon in Cochabamba and has an Executive Master´s degree in Development, Policies, and Practices from the Graduate Institute of Geneva. While at the University, Juan joined AIESEC, an international NGO run by students and recent graduates from 125 countries and territories. He was the president of AIESEC in Bolivia. Because of his experience working with young people he has had the opportunity to travel to many different countries including Chile, Colombia, Panama, Peru, Brazil and Taiwan to represent Bolivia in different conferences. He has a passion for volunteering, community development, and working with youth. He is proud to have the opportunity to join FSD and contribute to the development of Cochabamba.  In his free time, he enjoys playing volleyball, walking, and watching documentaries.