Meet the team
The Inti Sisa Art Guesthouse works with 9 fulltime contracted staff members: 7 local people from Guamote and the surrounding communities and 2 Belgians; giving the best of themselves, every day again. Furthermore, there are 6 staff members for the kindergarten and sewing studio and 1 driver.
As Inti Sisa is in first instance an educational project, one of the most important goals is to offer opportunities to women and teenagers to learn about tourism. So to spice up the team, there are some youngsters from the neighborhood and some extra girls, helping out on busy moments.
“As a team we are very proud of what we do. And with passion we dedicate ourselves to our mission: offering every tourist a unique experience in Guamote.” – Eva, tourism coordinator at Inti Sisa
Lazaro ::: logistics, guide and music teacher
Lazaro was born and raised in Guamote and has three children. He has worked for Inti Sisa since the absolute beginning, where he first started as a construction worker. After Inti Sisa Art Guesthouse was built, he stayed and is now very happy with his multiple functions. His all-time favorite dish is guinea pig with potatoes from the grill. Besides his main job as tour guide and porter at Inti Sisa Art Guesthouse he is also part of Inti Sisa’s folklore house band and teaches music classes to children at the center.
Juanita ::: cooking and cleaning
Juanita has worked in Inti Sisa Art Guesthouse since the beginning in 1999 and hopes to do so much longer, as she considers it her home. Her favorite dish is spaghetti and she lives with her two dogs: Guapo and Duquesa. She is the creator of many delicious dishes in Inti Sisa Art Guesthouse. She has only followed the first year of primary school and her dream is to learn to write and read a bit better, and also learn some English.
Janneth ::: cooking and cleaning
Janneth is always happy and has a smile ready when serving her delicious meals to guests at Inti Sisa Art Guesthouse, where she has been working since 2010. She started working with the children in the kindergarten and after some months moved on to working in the guesthouse. She lives in Guamote with her husband and three daughters. Her many dreams includes following a cooking course, building her own house and let her children gave a good education.
Encarnación ::: accounting and cleaning
Encarnación’s dream is, and has been, to be part of a foundation that is economically sufficient in order to help better the surrounding community. Encarnación has been with Inti Sisa Art Guesthouse since the beginning in 1999, as her father is one of the founders. She works primarily in accounting and in the kitchen, and her dream is to keep going forward and learn more about accounting. Her favorite food is llapingachos (fried potato balls) and she enjoys listening to the smooth music of Romeo Santos.
Monica ::: teacher in our kindergarten
Monica also lives in Riobamba, with her husband, mother, two sons and dog Caramelo. She has been working at the kindergarten since the beginning of 2014 and really enjoys it, as she can teach the kids ánd learn a lot herself. Being a teacher means you can share a lot of experiences and it is what thrives Monica. In the future she hopes her children will turn into competent professionals and to be a good mother to them.
Catalina ::: teacher in the sewing workshop
Catalina has been working with the educational workshops of Inti Sisa foundation since 2002, and has had many local women from Guamote and its surrounding villages in her courses where she has shown them all she knows about confection and sewing. She loves to work with children, youngsters and adults who got less chances. And she loves handwork, as this is her speciality. Her dreams include to have her own handicraft workshop one day and to see her daughter grow up to have a professional career.
Martha ::: working in the sewing workshop
Martha is one of our employees who has been with us since 2004 and started with helping out in everything: making snacks for the children at the daycare, helping out with cleaning and accounting when needed. She also was a student at Catalina’s sewing workshop and after graduating, she now produces artisanías to sell to visitors of Inti Sisa foundation. Her dream is for her son to go studying and for Inti Sisa foundation to keep on growing and doing good for the community.
Carlos ::: driver
Carlos has been working for Inti Sisa Art Guesthouse since 2012. Juanita introduced him as a driver to take the teachers upto the communities. Now he does all the transportation of Inti Sisa Art Guesthouse. He loves football and to be out in the mountains during his free time. His favorite food? Guinea pig with potatoes, best eaten together with his family. His dream is to keep working as long as his health lets him and to pass on his job to his son.
Carmen ::: cooking and cleaning
Carmen lives with her parents in Chacaza, a village about 1,5 hours walking distance from Guamote. Her brother and sister already work for Inti Sisa Art Guesthouse for a long time and her father is one of the founders. Carmen has joined the team fulltime since 2014. Carmen studies in the weekends to get her secondary school degree. And her dream is for one day to have her own house and a good husband.
Ermelinda ::: cooking and cleaning
Ermelinda has been part of the Inti Sisa Art Guesthouse team since early 2014. She lives in a village about 20 minutes way by foot, together with her husband, three children and dog named Hadi. She enjoys listening to traditional music and her favorite dish is yaguarlocro, a hearty soup. She really enjoys everything about her job. She hopes one day to be able to build a bigger house for her family.
Esther ::: cooking and cleaning
Esther has also joined the Inti Sisa Art Guesthouse team in 2014. She has known Encarnación for a long time and that’s how she got the job. She enjoys cooking and making food for the international guests in the guesthouse. Her favorite food is chicken with potatoes and she likes to listen to the music of Enrique Iglesias. She lives together with her husband and daughter and hopes to finish the construction of the house they are living in.
Byron, Holger, Alex & Jefferson ::: helping hands
These four boys live right in front of the Inti Sisa Art Guesthouse and help out with pretty much everything: in the kitchen, as bell boys, with maintenance jobs, as waiters… They love football, lasagna (like all the staff in Inti Sisa, our lasagna is famous!) and they listen to bachata and reggaeton all day on their mobile phones. They used to come in and do their homework through the educational project, but when Inti Sisa kept growing they jumped in to help out with all kinds of chores. They want to learn more about tourism and hopefully one day work as guides.
Eva ::: general coordination and guiding tourists
After having fallen in love with Latin America in earlier travels, Eva traded Belgium for Guamote in 2011 and has since then set roots in town with her 4 rescue dogs. Eva loves going out to the mountains with her dogs, or hang out with the children in the communities. She recently bought land so she’s starting to learn about agriculture. Eva is convinced she has the best job in the world and she loves the fact that through tourism she – and all guests of Inti Sisa Art Guesthouse – can do a lot for the communities of Guamote. Her dream is to build her own sustainable house and to buy some horses. And learn more kichwa!
Tom ::: food and beverage responsible
Tom did an internship in 2012 in the North of Ecuador and while travelling through Guamote he liked the projects of Inti Sisa so much he stayed. He loves to play football and his favorite food is ceviche de chochos, fried potatoes and ‘ballekes in tomatensaus’ (a Belgian dish!). He is responsible for all food and beverage stocks and drives all across the region to find the best meat for the Inti Sisa Art Guesthouse guests. He also bakes great bread. His dream is to keep living and working with the amazing people he got to know here in Guamote.
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