Carolina Ball comes from Hidalgo, TX and studied Criminology and Spanish at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX. Carolina was inspired to become a Rostro volunteer after participating in the mission of Rostro as a retreatant two times. It taught her to learn to recognize the face of Christ in different ways and in everyone in her life. She hopes to grow in her faith and continue to learn to love others in every possible way like God loves us.
Clarissa Reyes hails from Eastvale, CA. Clarissa spent the last four years studying Theology, Religious Studies, and Psychology at the University of San Diego. The opportunity to serve God by being in solidarity with and loving her Ecuador community has inspired her to become a volunteer with Rostro. She hopes to be challenged, grow in her faith and form beautiful relationships with her community mates and neighbors.
Jess Pareja calls Odenton, MD home and studied Food Marketing and Sociology at St. Joseph’s University. The resilience and growth of the current volunteers as well as her own immersion trip to Ecuador has inspired her to become a volunteer. She hopes to be challenged and stretched in all aspects of herself and grow deeper in her spirituality with her community.
Kate Tremarche comes from Waltham, MA and finished her degree at the College of the Holy Cross. She has been teaching math at St. John’s Preparatory High School in Danvers, MA. Her previous visits to Ecuador with student groups have inspired her to desire to become a Rostro volunteer. As a volunteer, Kate hopes that she will be able to be present to all the lessons God has planned for her throughout the year.
Katie McIsaac hails from Sandwich, MA and studied at Assumption College. After visiting Rostro for a week with her college she fell in love with the organization, the country, and the people and was inspired to become a Rostro Volunteer. As a volunteer she hopes to grow in faith, build relationships with her community mates and neighbors, spread hope, and to do all things with love. She looks forward to continuing to follow where God calls her and spending a year dedicating her time as a Rostro de Cristo volunteer.
Katie’s blog: https://katie568836141.wordpress.com/
Lizzy Raffo is originally from Tabernacle, NJ and recently graduated from St. Joseph’s University where her major was in Leadership, Ethics and Organizational Sustainability and minor in Faith Justice Studies. She felt called to be a volunteer after her semester studying in Argentina with Casa de la Mateada. Her hope is to be as open and authentic as possible as she deepens her relationship with God and builds relationships with her community and Ecuadorian neighbors.
Mattie Gottbrath calls Louisvillle, KY home but has just spent the past few years in St. Louis, MO where she studied Spanish and International Affairs at Washington University. Mattie was inspired to become a Rostro de Cristo volunteer because of the opportunity to work abroad in a tight-knit community that would help her discover more about herself and how she can connect with and serve people around the world. As a volunteer she hopes to build her faith and allow herself to be changed through personal interaction.
Mattie’s blog: https://martarostrodecristo.wordpress.com/
Sarah Katherine Rosland comes from Eden Prairie, MN but spent the past few years in Omaha, NE as a full-time student of social work at Creighton University. She was inspired to become a volunteer after her previous experiences studying abroad and volunteering in South America. As a volunteer, she hopes to build her faith with the people of Ecuador as well as the other Rostro volunteers, fully living out the pillars of Rostro de Cristo.
Valeria Garcia is originally from Brownsville, TX. She recently graduated from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX with a B.A. in Speech Communication and Spanish and a minor in Visual Communication Design. She felt called to be a volunteer after having the opportunity to live out Rostro’s mission during her retreat experiences throughout college. She hopes that as a volunteer she can grow in understanding of what it truly means to be with the people of Ecuador.
We invite you to show your support of this new group of outstanding volunteers by making a donation to their Fundraising Campaign today! All donations will go directly towards funding their service year in Ecuador.