From Ecuador to Peru via Chiswick

Lucy Hurn lands her dream job as a development worker in Lima

As soon as Lucy Hurn came back to Chiswick after six months working with street children in Ecuador in March 2003, she knew she wanted to go back to Latin America.

Working with the street children, sharing their lives, and gaining first hand experience of development work transformed her. 'I couldn't return to the UK and find a job in a commercial environment,' she says.

After finishing university in Leeds in 1997, Lucy returned to London and worked with a fair trade chocolate company, focusing on marketing and the development of a website. She then moved to a new media company, working on online marketing and project management.

But the new media bubble was in the process of bursting. Long working hours, coupled with job insecurity and little reward or hope of promotion all took their toll. So Lucy decided to take a job working with children in Guayaquil, Ecuador's biggest city.

Now Lucy has landed her 'dream job' in Lima, combining her marketing and communication skills, using the internet to overcome geographical boundaries, promoting issues that she is committed and, to top it all of, it is based in Peru!

Lucy will be working as an International Cooperation for Development (ICD) development worker. She will be focusing on marketing and communications with Latin America Press, an independent news agency based in Peru's capital Lima.

When Lucy was at university she joined many third world related groups. 'When I started to spend disproportionate amounts of time carrying recycling from our house through the park to the collection bins - all my friends became convinced that my future career was to try to save the world', she recalls.

This job seems like the perfect place to start.

August 2, 2003

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