More than a decade of program leader experience, fluency in Spanish, and commitment to community service make Kelly a natural fit to direct our Peru operations. Previously, Kelly worked in Costa Rica with indigenous communities and turtle conservation efforts after joining Rustic in 2008. Originally from New Jersey, Kelly earned a degree in journalism from American University in Washington, D.C.
A graduate of Brandeis University with a degree in international relations, Alex has led programs since 2006 in Costa Rica and Peru. Alex is fluent in Spanish, a veteran program leader, and truly devoted to the Peruvian culture and global humanitarian work. Alex is the founder of a nonprofit educational dormitory that aims to provide school access for Peruvian girls from indigenous communities. Alex’s commitment to the rights of the indigenous people and his altruistic spirit allow the Peru community service projects to constantly improve and grow.
Our resident cusqueño, Aaron graduated from San Antonio Abad University with a degree in tourism. After traveling extensively through Peru and South America, Aaron began working with Rustic in 2012 and brings his strong work ethic and willingness to help to the team. After a long day in the office, you can find Aaron at a live music show or at a futból match with friends. Aaron and his wife, Carolina, recently gave birth to baby Joaquin! Aaron is tech savvy, a movie buff, and never leaves his infectious smile behind.
A program leader for Rustic since 2009, Kelci is an outdoor enthusiast who is passionate about sustainable service projects and travel. She is a graduate of Brandeis University with a double major in sociology and international/global studies. Kelci is a favorite program leader by students for her energy and positive spirit. She is fluent in Spanish, an avid mountain biker, and a loved member on Team Peru. When Kelci is not working for Rustic, she works as a social worker and snowboarding instructor in Taos, New Mexico.
Raul, a Cusco native, is our Sacred Valley Service Project community service coordinator. Raul is trilingual. Growing up in a small village in the Sacred Valley, Raul’s first language is Quechua. He learned Spanish in school, and now speaks English with our students. Raul lives with his wife and baby son in Ollantaytambo. He has a passion for social change, service work, and is a serious mountain biker. He is a beautiful storyteller, sharing stories of the Incan empire. Raul’s passion for indigenous rights and commitment to social service projects make him a solid program leader for Team Peru.