Meet the local and international volunteers who will make up the MSYP 2018 staff team.
Alina Mateos Horrisberger
Alina is a Literary English <> Spanish translator from the north of Argentina, from a land of rainforests and colorful bugs. For the past five years, she has been working as Coordinator of the translation team of the Human Rights International Film Festival of Buenos Aires. She was also an interpreter for international guests, including film directors, writers and producers, in other local Film and Literature festivals. She is currently doing research for a paper on Literature and New Writings in her role as assistant professor in her university. A traveler, a tango dancer, and an endlessly curious learner, she enjoys exploring the different ways in which people express their sense of belonging on the places she visits.
Originally from Mostar, Ana moved to Freiburg, Germany at the age of 15 to attend UWC Robert Bosch College. During this experience, she developed interest in sustainability, feminism, and anthropology. The experience of learning from and of different cultures led her to take a Global Citizen Year in Ecuador, but also return and re-immerse in her Mostar community. Currently, she is studying Environmental Studies and Political Science at Macalester College in Minnesota, dedicating her research papers to all the places that influenced her. In her free time, she loves to dance, go to the theater and hike.
Anes is a rising junior at the University of Rochester, NY where he studies mathematics and computer science. Nevertheless, he pursues research in political science and anthropology. Anes' interests also include programming, painting, photography and hiking.
Anja Kresojevic, is an international studies and business graduate from Earlham College with five years experience in events and project management. She is currently working as an Education USA Mostar adviser and has worked for education institutions in various positions, with a focus on bringing the youth of Mostar together, culture equality of opportunity. In her spare time, Anja enjoys reading books, travelling, running and Krav Maga.
Becca Brady has been a secondary mathematics teacher for the past three years in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Becca got her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education in 2014 from Keene State College and her master’s degree in Curriculum and Teaching Mathematics in 2016 from Fitchburg State University. In addition to teaching, Becca also coaches lacrosse, advises the junior class at her school, and tutors. In her spare time, Becca enjoys looking for sea glass on the beach with her dog, reading for her book club, and eating ice cream.
Bruno was born and raised in Mostar. In 2017 he graduated from UWC in Mostar and currently studies at Macalester College in freezing cold Minnesota. Bruno is passionate about science, activism and politics. For the past couple of years he has been involved with MSYP as a volunteer, participant and a teaching assistant. That is why he is super excited to co-teach a class this year! Bruno thinks that MSYP is a great opportunity for the youth in Mostar and it is an unforgettable experience that he gladly comes back to every summer.
Dilia Zwart grew up in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains in Arizona while her parents are from the flat, bike-friendly Netherlands. Her multicultural, multilingual upbringing inspired her interest in Social Anthropology whilst an internship at the European Parliament inspired her interest in the Western Balkans. Since 2013 she has spent nine months living in, studying, and researching this region. Dilia’s long-term goals are to integrate her grassroots project, research experience, and interest in European Union politics. Dilia enjoys hiking or running outdoors, baking cakes, and writing short stories.
Freya Nowell is an International Relations graduate from London with three years’ experience of education project and volunteer management in both the Higher Education and charity sectors. She has worked for a number of UK-based and international NGOs and education institutions, with a focus on addressing educational inequality through furthering the social, educational and career opportunities of young people. In her spare time, Freya enjoys cooking, travelling, learning languages and volunteering on her local city farm.
Russ Wiltshire has worked in the technology and software industry for 25 years. In 2004 he co-founded a software company in the UK. Previously he has worked as head of IT for an international construction firm, and as an advisor for the UK government public housing regulator. He has now switched his focus to the voluntary sector and is on the Board of two non-profit organisations working with youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Russ likes ice cream and motorcycles.
Vlatka is a graduate student of English language and literature and Art History, currently completing her Master's Thesis at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (University of Mostar). She has volunteered for a number of local and international organisations, most notably AIESEC BiH. She works for the NGO Local Democracy Agency and is a member of the Youth Council of the City of Mostar. She enjoys yoga, hiking and having a beer at the „Old man's“
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