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Annie M. Hintz was originally born in Oak Lawn, Illinois in the United States. She spent 6 years living in Chicago where she attended the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) receiving a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a minor in Gender and Women’s studies. In May of 2003, she obtained a masters in Social Work at the Jane Addams College of Social Work, focusing in mental health. During this time she interned at various organizations ranging from Threshholds, a MISA (Mental Illness Substance Abuse) program for adults living on the west side of Chicago, Metropolitan Family Services, community SASS (Screening, Assessment and Support Services) and C&A (Child and Adolescent) programs for families on the west and south side of Chicago, and Rush Presbyterian Saint Luke’s Medical Center, an in-patient child and adolescent psychiatric unit.  

Annie Hintz


After graduation in May, Annie left to learn Spanish in Oaxaca, Mexico and to work as a volunteer. On November 4th 2003, she arrived in Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec as a replacement English teacher in the high school, BICAP, for 2 months. Needless to say, to this day Annie is working in the high school as an English teacher, but has expanded her title and roles in the community. She is currently coaching volleyball at BICAP, working as a counsellor for students in the high school and college level schools, co-facilitating talks to adolescents at the local free clinic on gender, sexuality, the body, AIDS and other STDs, Substance Abuse and other related issues and is the director of the ‘Centro de Juventud’ (Youth Center), which involves several activities surrounding gender, education and the participation of youth.


Javier Palomo

  Javier Palomo was born in the Basque Country of Spain, where he obtained a Bachelors degree in Electronic Engineering. After graduation, Javier moved to the UK where he spent 10 years working in IT with various companies throughout England, Spain and the United States. During this time, Javier spent several months travelling throughout Europe and South America and got involved as a volunteer with a number of NGOs in London. Feeling a change in the breeze and in his career goals, Javier moved to Mexico City in May of 2003, where he worked as a volunteer for a Human Rights organization. In July of 2003 he came to Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec through the connection of friends to work for the High School, BICAP.
Today Javier is developing several projects in the community. He continues to teach English at the school, where he also coaches a male and female soccer team, runs the Cine Club, showing international films for the students once a week, is creator of this web page and is in charge of many activities occurring in the ‘Centro de Juventud’ (Youth Center), including the ‘Desayuno Escolar’ (Breakfast Program) for 600 children at the primary school, Pablo L. Sidar.


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