JOSE HERNáNDEZ-UGALDE

Jose Hernández-Ugalde, Costa Rica Country President
Jose Hernández-Ugalde
Costa Rica Country President

If I look back at my life and could have even one moment of making the world a better place through work with vulnerable women and children, it would be worthwhile.

I grew up in rural Costa Rica, always grabbing for any educational opportunities and thankful to people, sometimes unknown, who trusted me and offered me a hand to grow. It’s these opportunities that led me to earning a degree in English Literature in the US, as well as opportunities to work in the academic field through the University of Costa Rica and Lawrence University. My experience and commitment to improving my community, country, and world continued through experiences at the United Nations, teaching in Washington D.C., and later, returning to Costa Rica with Cross-Cultural Solutions.

Working with students and volunteers has given me the opportunity to give back to my country and add true meaning to my life. Service and education are the greatest tools you can offer for a global mindset and to be of service to others. Each day, I witness the connection between volunteers and communities through true outreach and connection, and could not imagine doing anything else.

Credentials

Lawrence University in Wisconsin (English Literature)
Technological Institute of Costa Rica (Business Administration)
Universidad Nacional i Heredia, Costa Rica (M.A. International Relations & Diplomacy)

Teacher, High School (U.S., Costa Rica)
Foreign Service Foundation for Peace and Democracy (FUNPADEM)
Defense for Children International (DNI)

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