Margot Conover, Sustainable Development Consultant
Conover continues to support CRACYP as a consultant, having
previously worked as our Coordinator of Internships,
and Sustainable Development. Margot helped to
develop the volunteer and
intern program into the acknowledged success that it now is.
Margot handed the post over to Nick
Ohde for 2013. Margot
also worked with CADO
consultant on their fair trade and organic certifications.
developed CRACYP’s Club de Libros
very popular book club for local children) and did much of the planning
an ecotourism project currently in
has also used her sustainable development expertise in advising CRACYP
and CADO, and writing projects, case studies and grant
applications. Margot leaves us a bank of dynamic teaching
for the book club, plans for development workshops which she has
presented very succcessfully here, and a more formal structure for
volunteer and intern development.
received an MA in International Relations from the University of
Chicago where she specialized in sustainable development and wrote her
thesis on the commodification of traditional agricultural products and
the impact of fair trade and organic initiatives on local communities.
Previously, Margot majored in political science at
Newport University in South East Virginia. She also spent a
studying at Oxford University in the
professional background is wide-ranging and includes community
development work with
socioeconomically disadvantaged inner city students, a conservation
project involving oyster restoration
in the Chesapeake Bay, coordinating a summer study-abroad program at
Oxford University, and managing volunteers on a political campaign.
in a rural Ecuadorian village was a new challenge for
Margot, who gradually became part of the community. She
surrounded by the incredible biodiversity of the area and connecting
with neighbours of all ages. She has a great rapport with the
village children, who help plant tree seedlings and also participate in
Margot's book club, which is so successful that the local government
wants to implement her model in other communities.
is from the Washington DC area in the United States. She has been with
CRACYP since May 2011, and plans to continue working in Ecuador and in
Her career lets her unite her three greatest loves: Latin
America, social justice and farms. Margot speaks Spanish and
Margot is working for PSI,
a public health NGO based in Washington, DC. PSI implements
health programs throughout the developing world to combat illnesses
such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis; provides at-risk groups
with access to family planning and sexual health services; and
facilitates maternal and child health through early childhood nutrition
projects. Margot supports proposal and project development in the New
Business department where her Spanish language skills and knowledge of
the Latin American region come in handy. Working in an office
been a big change from fieldwork in Ecuador, but the flexibility
required in her job as Sustainable Development Coordinator with us
prepared her to adapt to just about anything!
Sustainable Development & Reforestation Projects in Rural
Communities from CRACYP, Ecuador