Lisanne Spruit

Lisanne Spruit

Medical Programs Coordinator - Tena, Ecuador

Tena, Ecuador

Lisanne is from the Netherlands, where she studied Biology with a specialization in Biomedical Science at Utrecht University. After graduation, she quickly realized that working in a laboratory was not for her and she traveled to Kenya to volunteer on a health project. It was there that she fell in love with global health – so much so that she ended up staying for almost two years, leading education activities on sexual and reproductive health, nutrition, safe water and hygiene.

She then decided to return to her home country to pursue a master’s degree in Rural Development at Wageningen University. During her studies, she completed an internship at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, where she worked on the planning, monitoring and evaluation of water, sanitation and hygiene programs in Africa and Asia. In addition, she traveled to the Ecuadorian Amazon for the first time, where she conducted field research on conflicts between indigenous people, NGOs and oil companies in the context of water contamination.

After obtaining her master’s degree, Lisanne traveled through Latin America and was lucky enough to visit Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil. She then returned to her beloved Ecuador and lived in the capital city Quito, from where she worked as a freelance English-Spanish-Dutch translator. She was also involved in a number of consultancy projects, among them an evaluation of World Vision’s maternal and child health program in Palestine and a research project on gender equality in water projects in Ecuador and Peru.

Lisanne is excited to be back in the Amazon and looks forward to getting to know the communities that Timmy works with. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, reading, yoga, running, swimming, and above all exploring Ecuador!