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Meet The Team

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Rebecca Cole

Founder & Director

UK & CANADA

Rebecca completed a Bachelor of Education with English and Drama at Cambridge University in 2000. She has over 20 years of teaching experience and has three children. She has been running Camp Makemake for seven years now and is passionate about everything to do with it - especially the campers!  At camp she spends her days madly racing around making sure that everyone is safe and having fun and ensuring that all the programs are operating smoothly.

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Sophie Emery

Head Counselor

UK

TEACHER: SANTIAGO COLLEGE

Big hearted Sophie hails from Huddersfield in England. She is a caring, hard working and warm counselor and is a fully qualified teacher. Sophie who is a mother of three, studied languages and education at university in the UK. Sophie has taught at The Grange School and at Bradford school and is currently a primary school teacher at Santiago College. This will be Sophie's fourth year at Camp Makemake. The campers love her stories, silly songs and funny jokes. Sophie is our chief baker and could probably make a Makemake blueberry pie in her sleep. Sophie is one of  the counselors that our campers turn to when they need a bit of TLC. She's always there with a big hug, some no nonsense advice and a joke or a riddle to cheer them up. Sophie is a key part of our Makemake team and we feel grateful to have her onboard.

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Augusta Ward

Senior Counselor

USA

TEACHER: REDLANDS SCHOOL

We are thrilled that Auggi from New York will be joining the team this year for the second time.  As a longtime  family friend Augusta knows Camp Makemake and Makemake farm well. She is very familiar with the region and its local wildlife and foliage as her family own a  beautiful farm close by.  A Cazenovial college graduate, Augusta is a mother and a qualified teacher (currently working at Redland School in Santiago). Augusta has passion for all things green, loves yoga, photography and running and is a keen organic gardener. She is also a great baker and makes the best apple tart we have ever tried! Last year Augusta  ran amazing origami classes, shared her breakdancing skills and introduced Ultimate Frisbee to camp. We all loved it. We can't wait to play again this year and see what other amazing skills she has impress us with. We are excited to welcome the lovely Augusta to our team again this summer.

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Victoria Villar

Senior Counselor

URUGUAY

TEACHER: THE GRANGE SCHOOL

Vicky is a fully qualified teacher from Uruguay and has worked at The Grange School in Santiago for over 18 years as the deputy head of the English department. Vicky is proud mum to two lovely daughters. Naturally athletic, Vicky is passionate about climbing mountains and loves sports. She has an adventurous spirit - she is always off on a mission with the campers to find a Gruffalo, a hidden fairy city or a missing sock! Vicky is our resident clean freak, constantly sweeping out tents, teaching campers how to fold their clothes and making sure hands, faces and teeth are clean - the campers tremble when she is on tent inspection duty! Vicky can often be found in the camp kitchen whipping up a batch of her grandmother’s homemade gnocchi or some other gourmet delight. Vicky is a founding, much-loved and invaluable member of the team. Her camp spirit and enthusiasm are unparalleled. 

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Julia Soward

Senior Counselor

UK

ARTIST

Julia is a kind, caring and thoughtful artist  and motherwho brings so much love and happiness to camp. She graduated from university in the UK and now with her beautiful children and husband calls Chile home. Wherever Julia is there is a sense of warmth, calm and peace. She is an incredible listener and has an amazing ability to make every camper (and counselor!) feel loved, respected and special. Julia is insanely creative and always has a whole range of fun and innovative activities and games up her sleeve to play with campers. From zen flower arranging to word games, to capital city quizzes to card games , her constant thirst for learning and love of life is contagious. Julia is highly perceptive and will always notice if someone is not at their best and be there for them. Julia is fiercely loved by campers and counselors alike and we feel like we hit the jackpot to have her as part of the Makemake team!

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Josefina Puig

Camp Counselor

CHILE

STUDENT: NURSING

This will be Josefina's first summer at Camp Makemake and we are so excited that she will be joining the team. Jose is a passionate and nurturing nursing student from the Universidad Andrés Bello.  Having lived in various places, including the United States and being fluent in both English and Spanish she will bring a unique cultural understanding to the camp. Josefina's love for the outdoors, fostered through a lifetime of camping experiences, drives her belief of the nurturing power of nature for children. Josefina loves sports, including athletics, field hockey and football. Josefina is  dedicated to guiding and inspiring our campers and encouraging them to embrace their best selves.. We are sure Josefina will bring much positive energy, experience, new activities and laughter to the 2023 version of Camp Makemake! We're delighted to have her along for the ride. 

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Javiera Walker

Camp Counselor

STUDENT: EDUCATION

This will be Javiera's second year working as a oounselor. Javiera is energetic and creative with boundless energy and enthusiasm. Whether she's leading Zumba sessions that get everyone moving, igniting campfires with her incredible percussion skills, or inspiring creativity with her fun-´filled ideas, Our campers and counselors can't help but flock around Javi because wherever she is that's where the fun is at. Javi is very much a natural leader and makes a spectacular role model for our campers.  As a fourth-year bilingual education student at Universidad de los Andes, she combines education and entertainment seamlessly. We are honoured that Javi will be joining us again this summer and look forward to having a lot of fun with her.

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Laura Steinmetz

Camp Counselor

CHILE

STUDENT: EDUCATION

Laura is a fabulous camp counselor. She is a passionate, empathetic, and inspiring individual who ensures that campers have a memorable and enriching experience while staying safe and having lots of fun in the great outdoors. This is her second year working at camp and we are thrilled to have her back.  Laura values diversity and inclusivity. They create an environment where all campers, regardless of their background or abilities, feel welcomed and appreciated. Laura always prioritizes the safety and well-being of campers, ensuring that activities are conducted with the utmost care and supervision. She is a good communicator and  listens actively with both campers and fellow staff, fostering open and honest dialogue. Laura is studying to be a bilingual teacher at the Universidad de los Andes. 

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Alberto Garcia-Huidobro

Founder & Operations Manager

CHILE

Alberto is a trained agronomist and the head farmer at Mákemáke farm.  At camp Alberto is in charge of horse back riding, water sports, camp maintenance (a big job!), expeditions and our nightly camp fires!  Alberto is passionate about nature, ecology, the environment, organic farming and is an experienced outdoorsman. Alberto guides our night hikes, river rafting trips and plays a mean game of table tennis. You will often find him educating our campers about farm life and inspiring them to be greener! 

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Lucy Baron

Senior Counselor

UK

TEACHER: NIDO DE AGUILAS

Caring, thoughtful and organised, Lucy is a fully-qualified elementary school teacher who studied at  Cambridge University, England. Lucy is always joking, laughing and having fun and brings so much happiness and joy to our camp community. When Lucy is not reading bedtime stories, soothing tears, or entertaining our campers on the farm she is a teacher at Nido de Aguilas School. She has spent many years living in Santiago with her husband and three children. Lucy is an amazing singer and knows the lyrics to thousands of songs, naturally she shines at the nightly campfire. Lucy is also an experienced tennis player and loves to do sports activities with our campers. She is a fan of field games and is a team player in every sense of the word. We are so lucky to have Lucy at camp this summer - she is one in a million, a better teacher would be hard to find and we are so excited to have an incredible summer experience with her again. 

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Lorreine Draper

Senior Counselor

USA

TEACHER: NIDO DE AGUILAS

Meet Lori Draper, one of our dedicated camp staff members at Camp Makemake! With over 15 years of teaching experience, Lori is a fifth-grade ESL teacher at Nido de Aguilas, and her passion for education shines through in everything she does. Lori has a heart for adventure and the great outdoors, having worked at Nido's own Summer Camp as well as inner-city youth programs in San Francisco, California, and Phoenix, Arizona. As a mother of three, she understands the importance of fostering a love for nature and outdoor activities in children. Lori can often be found hiking and exploring the natural world, making her the perfect role model to help kids at Camp Makemake discover the joys of outdoor adventure. We can't wait for Lori to bring her enthusiasm and expertise to our camp this summer, where she'll inspire young minds and create unforgettable memories.

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Rebecca Carberg

Senior Counselor

USA

TEACHER: NIDO DE AUGILAS

Becky is a fun-loving, enthusiastic and energetic counselor and fully qualified middle school teacher from Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is a mother of two and the most enthusiastic campfire singer out there. Having attended and worked at the amazing Interlocken Summer Camp in New Hampshire for many years she knows hundreds of camp songs, rhymes, chants and games and is all about creating serious fun and camp spirit! When she brings out her guitar and starts up some old classics around the campfire some serious magic happens!  Becky currently teaches humanities at Nido de Aguilas School in Santiago and brings with her great leadership skills and an invaluable wealth of experience working with our older children. Becky is an integral part of our team and someone we can always count on! Becky's easy laughter, generosity of spirit and outrageous sense of fun are so valued at camp.

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Catalina Álvarez

Camp Counselor

CHILE

ASSISTANT TEACHER: HUMBOLDT SCHOOL

With a huge grin constantly on her face, Catalina contributes so much to our camp community. Incredibly warm and loving, she is always busy connecting with and making our campers feel loved and appreciated.  Cata, a graduate from Nido de Águilas, has many talents; she's a skilled horse rider, artist and baker. Her fudge brownies will be world famous one day. As a counselor, Cata's abilities are endless: she is kind, patient, creative, innovative and genuinely loves being around children. Last summer, her water wars at the lake were simply epic!  Around the campfire Cata has an endless repertoire of funny songs, always delivered with a cheeky smile and a twinkle in her eye. Her warmth, charisma and happy, caring nature make everyone around her feel good and the campers naturally gravitate towards her. Cata has been working as an assistant teacher at Humboldt School in Matanzas this year.  We can't wait to have her back at camp this summer. 

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Candelaria Figueroa

Camp Counselor

CHILE

Candelaria will be joining us for the second time this year and we are very happy to welcome her and her amazing energy back to the team this summer. Candelaria speaks fluent English having spent many years living in England and Canada. She loves kids and  has had a lot of experience working as a babysitter. One of her great loves is horses, she is an accomplished rider and has worked closely with with horses in a horse therapy center. Candelaria is passionate about sports of all kinds, so passionate that she is on the way to becoming a sports teacher. She was captain and cofounder of the women's football team at her school  and has competed in swimming, tennis and rugby events. With her upbeat sunny personality,  enthusiasm and love of the great outdoors Cande is a wonderful addition to our Makemake team. 

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Isidora Rojas

Camp Counselor

CHILE

STUDENT: EDUCATION

Isidora Rojas, or "Isi" as she's affectionately known, brings a perfect blend of tranquility and warmth to camp.  She is the embodiment of serenity and empathy. Her calm demeanor and caring personality make campers feel safe, valued, and nurtured. As a fourth-year student in the Universidad de los Andes bilingual education program, Isi combines her academic education expertise with her passion for the outdoors to create meaningful learning experiences. Isi's  approachable nature makes her the go-to person for campers who need someone to talk to. She listens attentively and provides the support and guidance that campers need. She has a profound love for children and also the great outdoors. She thrives in natural settings and enjoys hiking and water sports. Isi's passion for nature is infectious, and she'll inspire campers to connect with and appreciate the beauty of the environment. We are delighted to having her back at camp. She is an incredibly inspiring role model for our campers. 

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Josefina Correa 

Senior Camp Advisor

CHILE

Josefina is a  remarkable role model for our campers. She is heavily involved in the local community and is a rock for many. Her energy, compassion, creativity and spirit are unstoppable at camp. She is the sort of person who dreams things up, and makes them happen through perseverance and hard work. Josefina worked as a fine arts teacher at St George’s College for many years and brings a wealth of experience and input into our art programs at Camp Makemake. At our camp shows there is nobody who claps louder or laughs harder.

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Leen Vandevelde

Senior Counselor

BELGIUM

PRINCIPAL: HUMBOLDT SCHOOL

Leen is a fully qualified sports teacher and is every inch the dream counselor. She is warm, caring, fun and is an outstanding teacher and mother. Compassionate and kind, Leen is one of those people that really listen to children and make them feel valued. She is the Director at Humboldt School in Matanzas and has many years of outdoor education and teaching experience under her belt. Leen is full of ideas for treasure hunts, team games and sports. She worked for The Grange School as head of the sports department for many years. Leen also has experience teaching water sports, having run a windsurfing business for many years. We are honoured to have Leen participate for the fourth year running. Apart from her impressive experience and skill set Leen brings so much passion, enthusiasm, energy and buena onda to life at Camp Makemake. And we all love her to bits! 

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Zoe Sillano

Senior Counselor

UK

TEACHER: SANTIAGO COLLEGE

Zoe is a highly organised, dedicated and inspiring counselor. Zoe studied at the University of Manchester and has been a qualified primary school teacher for many years. She has worked at Craighouse School, Bradford School and is currently teaching at Santiago College. Zoe is a dedicated mother of two. This will be her second year of working with us at Camp Makemake and we feel honoured to have her back again. Zoe is a musician and a fine artist and has much input into our art programs here at camp. She has the campers doing all sorts of creative and imaginative things with paint, found objects, clay, paper, pencils, scissors and glue.  Zoe's ready smile and happy, gentle nature draw the campers to her. She is a much loved and valued member of our fabulous team and we are blessed to have her work for us every summer. 

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Mor Rozner

Senior Counselor

USA

TEACHER: NIDO DE AGULAS

Mor Rozner is an experienced educator and a mother of two. She has worked extensively with children in schools, camps, and other organizations. Mor is certified in both Elementary and Early Childhood Education and has worked with children of all ages in many different capacities. Currently, Mor is a much loved fifth grade teacher at Nido de Aguilas. Mor spent the last several summers directing a division of Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, USA. During the pandemic, she co-founded Camp in a Crate, a camp experience delivered! Mor enjoys cooking, traveling, reading, and spending time outdoors with her family and friends. We are beyond excited to welcome Mor to the Camp Mákemáke team this year. We've heard wonders about her warm, bubbly fun loving personality and just how much her students adore her.   

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Ginette Boobier

Senior  Counselor

UK

Ginette is a fun loving mother of three, who brings her sparkle to every occasion. Hailing from south east England, she has lived in Santiago for over a decade with her husband and children. She is one of the most positive and optimistic people we know, and her vibrant upbeat energy permeates throughout everything she does. Ginette loves the challenge of trying her hand at different handicrafts and sharing her skills, whether that be crocheting or cake decorating, lettering or macrame. She will no doubt be on fire in the arts and crafts area. Ginette adores baking, regularly whipping up new nibbles to be devoured by her friends and family.
And on top of all of her other skills, Ginette is an absolute water baby, competing in local swim meets in her free time, and so she can’t wait to get involved in the camps water activities. We can't wait to have her at Camp Mákemáke this summer and know she is going to be an incredible counselor. 

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Valentina Oemick

Camp Counselor

CHILE

STUDENT: NURSING

Valentina is a first time counselor at Camp Makemake and we already know that she will do an amazing job. She has an outgoing, fun and bubbly personality. Valentina is in her third year of training to be a nurse the Universidad Andrés Bello in Viña del Mar. We are sure that her nursing skills will be a huge plus at camp. Valentina is a graduate from St Margaret's school and her English is fluent. Vale has had a lot of experience with kids as  she has worked for many years as a babysitter and is very caring and nurturing. Valentina loves sports and the great outdoors. We are excited to have Valentina join our team this year and we can't wait to see what fun she will bring to our camp! 

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Bernardita Leiva

Camp Counselor

CHILE

STUDENT: EDUCATION

Berni will be joining us for the second year running. She is a trainee teacher in the Universidad de los Andes education faculty. She is also a wonderful person and an exceptionally good counselor. Berni excels everywhere but has a natural affinity for the arts and crafts department. Campers will be inspired to unleash their creativity under her expert guidance. Berni's serene and nurturing demeanor creates a safe and supportive environment for campers. She's the one they can turn to when they need a kind word or a comforting presence. Berni is very empathetic, making sure  that campers feel understood, valued, and heard. She's always there to offer a caring shoulder and a listening ear. Berni is wise beyond her years and is always full of sound advice. Berni has a very international background and like all of our counselors she is fluent in both English and Spanish.We love having Berni at camp and can't wait to see what skills she will bring this year, last year she had a whole group of campers and counselors finger knitting. 

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Please note:  Our support staff and junior counsellors change each year. The above staff come for one or more sessions each camp season. Camp Makemake is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to the health, well-being, and personal growth not only of our participants but also of our staff.  We always love meeting caring, energetic and motivated people who strive to empower others by promoting values of kindness and respect.  If you are interested in becoming a part of our amazing team, please be in touch!

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