The Leadership Team includes experienced educators and travelers.


Ryan at the Rwanda / DRC border in January 2014.Ryan M. Lamberton, M.A. '05, '12 directs Summer Fellowship Programs and coordinates Educational Partnerships and Outreach for CILSA at Saint Mary's College of California. He is a SMC graduate and has been with CILSA since 2007. As an undergraduate student he served as a Bonner Leader, enrolled in many social justice courses, and participated in service immersion trips to the Dominican Republic; Washington, D.C.; and West Oakland. After graduating, he served as an intern with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and later as a coordinator for a non-profit organization that provides services and housing to adults with developmental disabilities. In both 2014 and 2013 Ryan co-taught and led a Jan Term Travel Course to Rwanda. In 2012 Ryan received his master's degree in Counseling from Saint Mary's. His master's project focused on nuturing the spiritual development of college student though summer service-learning programs. Ryan is a devoted husband and the father of three young children. Ryan is also an avid cyclist and runner. He lives with his family in Oakland, California.

Ryan will lead this trip in partnership with professional staff members from VIA International and SHARE Guatemala. 

VIA International is a 501(c)3 service organization based in San Diego and dedicated to building "paths to self-reliance for an interdependent world." Via International has successfully helped address community needs by supporting community members to become agents of positive change since 1975. Programs emerged from community needs to improve quality of life through nutrition and ecology training, community leadership education, and microcredit and microenterprise support. Voluntours programs offer educational travel and service learning opportunities to engage with community development initiatives. The Via Institute provides a framework to nourish personal development, foster community engagement, strengthen organizations, and promote global dialogue.

SHARE Guatemala is a non-profit, secular, apolitical organization working on development and assistance programs in Guatemala since 1987.  We seek out opportunities for all; working in the poorest areas of the country, and particularly supporting the most vulnerable families and communities. SHARE’s work is based on a participative methodology, working in close relation with organized groups and local partners in rural communities of Guatemala. We develop instructional programs in health and nutrition, education, agriculture and food production, administration and finance, as well as developing sustainable projects. SHARE staff member Keila del Valle will serve as the community facilitator.

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