Spanish, 29 years old, recruited by the British Red Cross.
Why are you here?
I have a masters in Human Rights and before this, I was working as a research assistant for a migrations institute. So, on the one hand, I wanted to have the chance to put into practice all the theoretical knowledge on children and refugee rights learnt through my studies in Human Rights.
On the other hand, I really wanted to do a job on the ground, in direct contact with the project’s beneficiaries during a period of time long enough to see it evolve and produce some results. I gained some experience of this last year when I volunteered in Athens for a refugee centre, mainly doing research on the European relocation programme and services available for refugees in Greece.
Favourite moment on the project so far?
When we visited the Benaki cultural museum in Athens with the guys living in an unaccompanied refugee minors shelter. It was a great opportunity for them (and for myself!) to discover a bit more about Greek culture while spending quality time as a group together.
Your proudest moment?
I managed to complete a master’s degree in London while having two jobs. I feel particularly proud of it because it was so much to do at once and because, on more than one occasion, I really doubted I could actually get it all done.
Your strengths and a weakness?
I have the capacity to adapt well to different environments and do different kind of jobs, and I am well-qualified in the area of human rights. I am also passionate about politics and history. My weakness is that I’m quite shy, which means social relations can sometimes be a challenge and sometimes I lack confidence, leading me to question myself and my decisions all too often.
How do you relax?
I love reading while enjoying a nice cup of coffee. I also enjoy long walks and running.
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
I guess a song called “Al lado del camino” by the Argentinean singer and pianist, Fito Páez: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AS-x0M1NMU
If you were a film character, who would it be?
If I could choose a film character I would say Guido Orefice in La Vita è Bella, because of his resilience, his use of humour in the face of adversity and his keenness to protect his loved ones.