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Chhengan "An" Ul

Site Coordinator

Hi! My name is Chhengan Ul but everyone prefers to call me only An. I am from Kompong Cham Province which is close to the capital city and I moved to live in Siem Reap since 2010 to continued to take a Bachelor Degree. I graduated from Phanhasatra University of Cambodia, Siem Reap Campus and my major was Financial and Banking. While I was an undergraduate I spent most of my free time to volunteers in  social work programs that focused on health care, and culture exchange. 

Not at all, I was a translator and projects supporter for students from Hong Kong University to assist and helped them to work on the Community project and Culture Exchange Program. After finished my Bachelor Degree, I applied to work in a bank in order to practiced by relate degree. However, after a while I found myself that this  job wasn’t a match for me.

Social Contribution and responsibility is  the mission of my work career, Volunteer Around the World  has focus on all those majors and it is the reasons that encourage  me to join with VAW. I have been working with VAW since May 2017, I absolutely appreciate VAW for bringing medical outreach program that offers Mobile Clinic to my communities  which give them to access for medical and dental treatment, and health education for free. It’s very helpful for villagers that cannot afford it. Nothing happy to see my people living in healthy and continue to understand about health education.

Dr. Ly Pagnarith

Medical Coordinator

Hi! My name is Ly pagnarith, I am from Phnom Penh, the capital and most populous of Cambodia, where I grew up and studied medical school. I graduated from University of Health and Science in 2014 as a medical doctor. After that I worked at University Research Co.,LLC as a team for Quality of Care assessment of USAID social health protection project, and then I have worked as physician at French NGO (Mission Humanitaire). 

There I learned a lot of things, did the mobile clinic, went to many places in Cambodia and knew the situation of people’s lifestyle in the province. Recently, I have been working at NekTeb Clinic in Siem Reap, a resort town in northwest Cambodia, being a popular tourist destination because of having a lot of ancient temples, especially Angkor temple, the central feature of the Angkor UNESCO world heritage site. As a medical student, I always hope that I could help the people to understand about their health, the importance of hygiene and nutrition that why I become a part of Volunteers Around the World (VAW) to do the mobile clinic to provide communities with access to medical and dental treatment, medication, nutritional security, clean water and health education to those that cannot afford it. This is a high motivation for me being a part of the VAW team. When I have free time I like to play football, chess, read books and watch movies.

Nathalie Rodriguez

Site Coordinator
Dominican Republic

Hello! My name is Nathalie Rodriguez. I was born in Jarabacoa, the most beautiful town of the Dominican Republic! I finished high school when I was 16 years old and studied two years of marketing at UNPHU University. I studied English as a second language in YD Language Center where I started working as a secretary and then I became an administrator and teacher.

I am a nature lover so in my free time, I love doing outdoor activities and going out to contemplate the beautiful mountains that surround my beautiful town of Jarabacoa. When we love to serve people in need we often give ourselves deeper purpose and meaning and that nearly always leads to greater happiness, so this is what I enjoy most about working for VAW and the amazing experience this job gives me to connect with the people in my community.

Dr. Ana Bove

Medical Coordinator
Dominican Republic

My name is Ana Bove and I was born in Venezuela. Because of the terrible situation in Venezuela, my family moved to the Dominican Republic in 2009, where I studied Medicine at Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE). Currently, I’m working at the Dominican Red Cross. My hobbies are cooking and baking, and I am recently trying boxing. The reason I wanted to become a doctor is that I love to help people in all aspects of life. Now I realize we can touch people’s life with a simple gesture and that’s why I want to join Volunteers Around the World.

Dr. Anny Culla

Dominican Republic

I was born in Jarabacoa on September 10, 1987. I did my primary and secondary studies in my hometown and attended university at UCATECI in La Vega. I currently work as a general dentist at Dental Center Smile. I enjoy working with Volunteers Around the World in order to reach some of the vulnerable populations around Jarabacoa and be able to provide access to different dental treatments. It is a pleasure for me to be part of this team. In my free time, I like to read and go to the gym.

Miguel Yojcom

In-Training Site Outreach Coordinator

My name is Miguel Yojcom Gonzalez, I was born in the city of Guatemala, department of Sololá, municipality of San Pedro La Laguna on December 3, 2115, my primary school was held at the Humberto Corzo Guzmán Mixed Urban Official School, my secondary school held at the Bethel School From a very young age, vehicles have caught my attention to this day. From the age of 12 I started with my little passion for vehicles and traveled almost all of Guatemala for the service of people, whether it be light, heavy or cargo transport, currently I have a small business for the service of people.

I consider myself a restless and active person, I like to speak clearly and I try to apply transparency in any type of work, I like to do new things and try different challenges, I think and analyze a problem several times so that everything goes well, I intend to do things well for the benefit of all.

Dr. Israel Hernandez

Medical Coordinator

Dr. Israel Hernandez graduated from the University of San Carlos in Guatemala in 1995, with the title Medical Doctor and Surgeon. Dr. Hernandez also has a Post Graduate title in Community Attention to Persons with Diabetes from the University of San Carlos in Guatemala.

He has worked for 15 years in Community Health and currently holds a diploma for Risk Management and Reduction from the Instituto Nacional de Administracion Publica de Guatemala. Dr. Hernandez is also studying for a diploma in Nutrition in Emergency Situations from the Instituto de Nutricion de Centroamerica y Panama (INCAP). Dr. Hernandez began working with Volunteers Around the World in 2004 and has been instrumental in the development of the organization.

Dr. Brian Cristal

Dental Coordinator

Hello! My name is Brian Derick Cristal. I enjoy learning and have many life goals; I am always searching for happiness and finding what I like to do. I also try to enjoy each moment to its fullest. I am 33 years old and have lived in Guatemala City since I was little. I am from a very close-knit family who enjoys spending a lot of time together.

I have always had a passion for dentistry. I studied at the USAC and currently own a dental clinic network where I work along with my wife, who is also a dentist. I enjoy playing sports, spending time with my friends in a variety of activities, traveling the world and going on different adventures with my family.

Veronica Joseph Antunez

Site Coordinator

I was born and raised in the province of Bocas del Toro in Panama. I had the opportunity to go to high school in the US in 2004 where I also began a hotel management & culinary arts course after graduation. In 2008, I returned to Bocas del Toro where I currently live with my three kids. I was given the opportunity to be part of VAW Global in 2014 as an Outreach Assistant, working hand in hand with the interns to provide aid to vulnerable communities. Through this experience I’ve been able to grow personally and also within the company. 

When I am not working for VAW I work managing my hostel & restaurant on Bastimentos Island. In my free time I enjoy being with my kids, fishing and relaxing on the beach with friends. My goal is to continue to grow in knowledge and to one day be able to provide sustainability within the communities where we currently work.

Marina Ascue Cabrera

Site Coordinator

My name is Marina Ascue and I was born and raised in Cusco, although I also spent part of my childhood in Arequipa. I finished my high school studies at San Borja High School, the first high school in the city of Cusco. I earned my degree in tourism from the University of San Antonio Abad of Cusco. I enjoy meeting people from all over the world and teaching them about my culture and beautiful home region.

In my free time, I enjoy traveling and exploring new places. When I’m not working, I will often travel with my family to the Cusqueñan countryside to enjoy the peace and natural beauty. I enjoy working with Volunteers Around the World because not only do I get to meet the VAW volunteers and show them Cusco, but we also get to give back to the people of Cusco.

Dr. John Huamanquispe Quintana

Medical Coordinator

Hello! My name is John Huamanquispe and I am a physician with a focus in public health (epidemiology) and a professor in the School of Medicine at the Universidad Andina del Cusco. I love to teach statistics, epidemiology and health sciences investigation methodology.

I graduated from the Universidad Nacional San Antonio Abad del Cusco and currently work at the Social Security Hospital (EsSalud) in Cusco Peru. I have always had a passion for giving back to underserved populations. I like to develop and administer medical and social assistance programs that have a real impact for low-income and at-risk families.

In 2015, I began working with Volunteers Around the World as the Medical Coordinator in Peru. I am very grateful for the opportunity, as it allows me to pursue what I am passionate about in my field. I feel VAW’s objectives to improve access to to healthcare and health education–including nutritional and water security and waste disposal–to underserved populations align with my own goals and passions, which makes my job even more fulfilling.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with wife and two beautiful daughters, playing soccer, dancing, listening to music and reading. I am proud to form a part of the VAW team and I am excited to continue developing the projects for the volunteers and local communities in Cusco, Peru.

Dr. Yajhaira Peña

Dental Coordinator

My name is Yajhaira Peña. I was born in Cusco and I am a dentist. I studied at the Andina University of Cusco and worked for many years in the rural areas of ​​Cusco and Apurimac in health centers and ONG projects, where I learned a lot. Currently, I am working in my dental office, as well as studying for a Master’s Degree in Rural Development, because I am passionate about social work in rural and poor communities.

This year, I was selected as the VAW Dental Coordinator in Perú. I am very happy to be a member of the VAW family because it gives me the opportunity to meet people from all over the world, from different cultures and with different ways of seeing life, as well as creating positive social change and providing dental care to the people who need it most. In my free time, I like to read and watch classic movies.

Ngoc Le

Site Outreach Coordinator

My name is Ngoc Le. I was born and raised in Can Tho, a small town in the center of Mekong Delta Area, Vietnam. I studied International Business at Can Tho University, and graduated in 2018. After that, I began my career path in Administration and Human Resource Management, where I can pursue the passion of supporting other people.

During my spare time, besides common entertainment activities, such as listening to music, watching movies, etc., I enjoy going out for a walk or exposing to new experiences, like traveling and learning Ukulele or a new foreign language.

It was an unexpected opportunity that I came to know about VAW, and then, with many back-supports and encouragements from family and friends, I have officially joined VAW. By being a part of VAW, I can keep heading towards my life goal, specifically, to enhance self-development and directly contribute to the society, while spending every moment working but not-so-like-working by doing what I enjoy.