Ismael was born in the City of Loja, Ecuador. He moved to the Amazon in 1997, and in February 2016, he joined the WE Organization.
What is your favorite travel memory?
My best memory is of that opportunity I had to listen to a participant and witness how a community visit changed something inside her. She felt emotional when she realized the opportunities that she has to make a change. She said she wants to come back and build a hospital there someday.
How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?
My professional life has really grown from all the knowledge I get from other team members. My interaction and work with the community in producing better results has contributed so much in my professional growth.
Personally, the opportunity to see life in a different perspective has made me a better person. I realized the value of being grateful and understanding that every dream can come true.
What is the best story you've heard from a return student?
We had one participant who had an opportunity to start the construction of a classroom in one community. When she came back, the classroom was already finished and ready.
She was really happy to be part of the process, and how the project can help the teachers and students in that community.
If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?
I am really interested to go to Kenya. I want to be able to know more about their culture and traditions, and understand what projects work for them. I’m sure that my learning from being there will help me be able to think or work on more alternative programs and projects for Ecuador. I would also love to meet and work with my colleagues there.
What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?
What makes our company unique is the big development that we make in communities that nobody pays attention to.
I’m very proud of my team when we work for the same goal and objectives. When I see my team growing not only as professionals but also becoming successful in their personal lives.
It gives us more strength and courage to go ahead.
What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?
The biggest factor to being a successful company is making others part of the team. Always put yourself in other people’s shoes. Give everybody your 100% regardless of your differences. Make everybody feel welcome and at home.
It is important that we live by the company’s core values of transparency and honesty, and become an example to everyone.