ENRIQUE “KIQUE” BOSSIO
My main motivation to be involved in development work is to contribute to the fight against inequality and injustice in Peru, which are reflected in racism, homophobia, and lack of access to basic services and dignity for all Peruvians.
My initial contact with development work and volunteering in social projects when I was a freshman in college took place in Villa El Salvador. Back in the early 1980s, Villa El Salvador was a shantytown right outside of Metropolitan Lima, built on sand dunes by Andean families who had escaped poverty and political violence in the countryside, only to find a cold shoulder in the capital. On weekends, I volunteered as a tutor for 6th and 7th graders to help them do better in school. This experience taught me compassion for those trying to improve their situation against all odds; it also filled me with outrage about how callous our lives in the city were in the face of poverty and inequality. This also led me to identify areas of my life that had remained unexamined in order to keep intact my “personal bubble” and enjoy a “safe conduct” in Peruvian society.
At age 20, I came out as a gay man and was the youngest among the nine founders of the first gay movement in my country in 1984. I was also involved in many human rights causes during the convulsed 1980s and 1990s, when Peru ranked first in the list of countries with political disappearances and rampant human rights violations. I continued my education in Liberal Arts, Anthropology and Social Communications in three Peruvian universities, in addition to M.A. coursework at the School for International Training in Vermont.
Since I joined Cross-Cultural Solutions in 1999, I have followed my call of finding local people who struggle to improve their lives and transform Peruvian society, and connect them with talented and enthusiastic volunteers looking to share in these struggles. Coolest job ever!
Alumni of Universidad de Lima (Organizational Communications)
Alumni of Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (Anthropology)
Alumni of Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (Liberal Arts)
School for International Training, Vermont (MA Candidate for Intercultural Management)
Executive Committee Member, Movimiento Homosexual de Lima (MHOL) - Founding Member and former Board Member
Human Rights Watch (Washington, DC) - Intern and Translator
Peru & Bolivia Country Director, Canadian University Service Overseas (CUSO)
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