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 six years now and is passionate about everything to do with it - especially the campers!  At camp she spends her days madly running around making sure that everyone is safe and having fun and that all the programs are running smoothly.

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Sophie Emery

Camp Counselor

UK

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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Zoe Sillano

Camp Counselor

UK

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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Andrea Cho

Camp Counselor

CHILE

Andi is a top counselor and leader! She comes to us with a great deal of experience working with children as an assistant teacher and sports coach at Nido de Aguilas school. At camp, her natural enthusiasm and cheeky sense of fun is highly infectious. You can't help but have a good time when Andi is around. The campers adore her!  A highly accomplished  soccer player and all round sports pro, Andi never fails to impress the campers and staff alike with her athletic skills.  She is the absolute queen of limbo and is a fabulous choreographer too.  Andi is also extremely organised, responsible and hard working. She can often be found at camp creating more efficient ways to get things done. Andi is a wonderful, warm and loveable person and is an excellent role model for our campers. We are thrilled that she is coming back to join us at Camp Makemake again this year - she is already part of the Makemake family!

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Augusta Ward

Camp Counselor

USA

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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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

Camp Counselor

UK

Caring, thoughtful and organised, Lucy is a fully-trained, 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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Rebecca Carberg

Camp Counselor

USA

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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Julia Soward

Camp Counselor

UK

Julia is a kind, caring and thoughtful artist  who 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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Catalina Álvarez

Camp Counselor

CHILE

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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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

Camp Counselor

BELGIUM

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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Victoria Villar

Camp Counselor

URUGUAY

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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Antonia Cristi

Camp Counselor

CHILE

We are delighted to welcome Antonia to our team for the second time this year. Antonia is wise, thoughtful, charismatic and kind-hearted. If there is a job to be done Antonia will always do it to the best of her ability. She is responsible and never gives up if she sets out to accomplish something - a great role model for our campers. Antonia always has  a wide smile and open arms for those who need it.  Antonia is truly wonderful with children, (wherever she goes they follow!) and her warm personality is so loveable.  She is studying medicine at Universidad Andrés Bello and is full of knowledge and interesting facts and figures.  She has tutored children from 2nd Basico to second medio in maths and science.  Antonia loves nature and physical activity and  is constantly striving to live a  healthy and sustainable lifestyle. We are delighted to have her onboard again this year and can't wait to create some more happy memories with her. 

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Josefa Cho

Camp Counselor

CHILE

Josefa with her upbeat, happy personality is always searching for a natural and environmentally friendly way to lead her life.  She is an innate leader: assertive yet friendly and approachable.  She loves outdoor activities and  is always spontaneous and fun: one of life's go getters! Josefa, a graduate from Nido de Águilas, now studies and is passionate about nutrition and obstetrics. It's great having a nutritionist around camp, she has been sharing her amazing recipes for things like gluten free pizza with us.  Having worked for many years as a child minder she has a natural affinity with children. Josefa is extremely athletic and currently plays volleyball for la Universidad Catolica. She is always keen to share her talents and enthusiasm with our campers. 

Josefa also loves and is very skilled at arts and crafts, particularly ceramics. Josefa is the queen of general knowledge - her campfire quizzes are legendary! 

We are thrilled to have her join our team again this year and know the campers will love her bubbly and fun ways. 

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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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