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Mary Cris Mayhua Galindo

Available beginning in July 2023

[Personal Information]

Age 26 Sex Female
Date of Birth March 21, 1995    
Birthplace city/town Lima    
Citizen of Peru Resident Country Peru
Email Address [email protected] Passport Name Mayhua Galindo
I live with my parents Height 1.56 Weight 80
I am currently.. Employed Part-time, Volunteering/Apprentincing, Part-time student
Main Occupation or Current Field of Study employed in a semi-industrial composting plant
# Years of Experience in above work or study 3 years
Highest Degree or Certificate Awarded or Expected Environmental Engineering
Date Degree/Certificate was Awarded or is Expected July 31, 2019
Highest Level of Education College/University
Highest Degree or Certificate College/University Degree
What is the Title of Your Degree? Bachelor’s
I drink beer/wine/alcohol Infrequently/only on special occassions I smoke never

[Home Address]

Street/Apartment # Mz k4 lote 9 S.J.M City Lima State/Province Soltero(a)
Country Peru/Lima Postal Code 51  

[Telephone Number]

Country code Perú City code 511 Phone Number 964111144

[Emergency Contact]

Name José Mayhua García Relationship father Phone Number or email 979 374 899


I have(#of brothers, #of sisters, #of children) I am Single
My health is Excellent. I’ve never had a serious illness or injury.
Describe any recent or chronic illnesses or injuries. If you require ongoing medicines or treatment, please describe.


[English Skills]

My English comprehension and conversational skills are 80% I can have a basic conversation on topics like politics, religion, or the environment
If you checked 30% or less, how will you improve your English between now and U.S. arrival?
I have received formal English instruction/training (check all that apply): 2 years at the British Institute, 2 years at the British Institute, 2 years at the British Institute, 2 years at the British Institute
Or (check if applicable)… I am self-taught only. I have no formal English study.


[Driving Skill]

I know how to drive a car No
I have a valid home country driver’s license
How many years have you driven cars?
I drive
I have driven cars with
If required for training, I am comfortable driving a car in Rural areas

[I have..]

1. I have been arrested No
-If yes, please describe the circumstances
2. I have been denied a visa No
-If yes, please describe the circumstances
3. I have family obligation to send money home No
-If yes, please describe the circumstances
4. I have religious restrictions or observances No
-Please describe your religious restrictions or observance
5. I have dietary requirements/Food restrictions No
-Please describe the food(s) you do not eat
6. I have friends / family in the U.S. Yes
-Please describe your relationship and where they live

A cousin obtained the VISA through the Immigrant Diversity VISAS Program.

7. My religion is Catholic
-Do you want to be placed with a religiously observant Host? Yes
8. Have you ever lived outside your family home? No
9. Have you ever visited the United States? No
-Please state when, how long and purpose(s).
10. Have you visited any other countries in the last five years? No
-List the countries and purpose of your visit(s)?

[Training Objectives & Availability]

Provide a BRIEF description of your training objectives and the type of placement that you seek (80 words maximum!):

My experience in composting at a domestic and semi-industrial level has allowed me to give workshops and also to experiment with other types of soil fertilisation methods. All this in order to implement in the Peruvian jungle an agroecological project for educational purposes and therefore my training objective is to learn and contribute my knowledge about organic agriculture, the application of agroecological techniques, production processes with more emphasis on fruit plants and the production of organic compost or other similar techniques for soil treatment.

US Program I am applying for:
Sustinable Agriculture and Global Exchange (SAGE): First-time participants
I can start anytime within the next
1-6 months
I’m available to participate in US training for a maximum of:
1 year (maximum)
I have already been accepted to train with the following US Host placement ( provide placement name and contact information)
I have already been accepted to train with US Host placement


I am clear on my training objectives Yes! I want to be a farmer Mostly
I want a career in agriculture, but not necessarily as a farmer Yes! I like to have clear instructions before doing a task Yes!
I like to take initiative and start new projects Yes! I am flexible and able to adapt to sudden changes Yes!
I enjoy routine and consistency in my schedule Yes I enjoy frequent challenges and new responsibilities Yes!
I ask for help if I don’t understand something Yes! I prefer to follow the lead of others Mostly
I like to offer suggestions and share my opinions Yes! I can do and be satisfied with repetetive tasks Mostly
I welcome critical feedback and use the information to improve myself Yes! I prefer working with others Yes!
I prefer working alone/independently Mostly    
[I am comfortable with…]
People of different religious beliefs Yes Receiving instruction from a female supervisor Yes
Having an un-married couple as my supervisors Yes Sharing a family house with children Yes
Sharing a family house with pets Yes Cooking my own daily meals Yes
Cooking for others once or twice each week Yes Sharing household chores (including cooking) Yes
Living/Training where my native language is not spoken Yes Living/Training in a remote, rural location where the Host family is my primary social group Yes
Living/Training where there is no public transportation Yes Training with farm animals Yes
Living/Training in very rustic living conditions (e.g. uninsulated lodging or tent sleeping, compost toilet, outdoor shower, wood-stove, other) Yes
If you selected “No” for any of the above, please state why you would not be comfortable

[Agricultural Experience]

How many years of agricultural experience do you have?
My hands-on experience in agriculture includes
more than 6 hours of manual labor per day.
I have the following agricultural experience
Academic courses in agriculture, Supervising farm workers, Administrative/office work involving agriculture, Hands on farm labor (e.g. planting, weeding, harvesting, livestock care, etc.)
List any agriculture courses that you’ve taken

1. Academic Week 2020 AGRICULTURAL REALITY: OPPORTUNITY FOR RESOURCE MANAGEMENT at the Federated Centre of Agronomy.


3. Workshops on vermicomposting, bio-gardens, domestic and semi-industrial composting – Lima Compost.


5. First Virtual School of Agroecology from the South – ALSAKUY AGROECOLÓGICA

6. Green Spaces at Home virtual programme – Municipality of Lima

Any workshops in sustainable, organic or ecological farming? Please describe

As part of my work experience in Lima Compost I was offered workshops on vermicomposting, biogardens, home and semi-industrial composting.

[Work Experience]

Job #1

Lima Compost

Raúl Valenzuela / Jesus María y Pachacamac / work team

Dates worked : from – to 01/04/2019 – 07/01/2022
Primary work duties

Enverdúrate course in alliance with Taller de Creatividad Casa Betania and Instituto Perucano like Organiser of the workshops and accompaniment in the implementation of family gardens.

Job #2

Workshops of the Urban BioGardens of Casa Betania

Rosa Pacheco/ virtual and San Juan de Lurigacho district / teacher

Dates worked: from – to 01/07/2021 – 30/08/2021
Primary work duties
[Family Farm]
If you grew up on a family farm, what type of farm?
If your family has a farm, please describe its products, sales, etc.:

If you help with your family farm, please describe your responsibilities
On my family farm, I work Not Applicable
If you are currently employed, do you plan to return to this same job after MESA? Yes
Please state why or why not

Yes, because it is a job where you are allowed to innovate, implement projects and different technologies, and with a lot of work flexibility. In addition, I have colleagues with similar aspirations whom I want to guide and support with the new knowledge I acquire during the internship.

Please describe any volunteer activities or community groups you are affiliated with, if any

Member of the Red UniversitariaAmbiental (RUA) Peru UNTELS, which generates socio-environmental projects to promote sustainable development.

Member of Pachamama For Future, in charge of coordinating the organisation’s participation in competitions and/or funding of social or environmental projects.

Member of the Environmental Direction of the Peruvian Research Circle (CPEI), as part of the team for the generation of environmental projects and research.

Member of the Environmental Education magazine ECONUNA, which shares and disseminates environmental information.

Volunteer contribution to the Enverdúrate course in alliance with the Casa Betania Creativity Workshop and the Peruvian Institute, providing workshops for the implementation of Biogardens.

Volunteering in the Agrarian Training and Youth Entrepreneurship Support Programme in Peru-FORMAGRO implemented by the Institute of Development and Environment (Instituto de Desarrollo y

Development and Environment Institute.

Community Agroecological Project – Cuida a Pachamama in the community of Suti Wasi – Peruvian Institute & Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA) during 2020.

Attendance and participation as a volunteer in the campaign “Hazla Por tu Playa 2019”.

Participation as a Leader organising a Beach Clean-up in the sixth edition of the national campaign HAZla por tu playa 2018.

Conformation as Facilitator and Guardian of the Methodology during the “AQUATÓN 2019”.

Participation and collaboration in the recycling campaign of the Pan American Games Lima 2019.

Support as a volunteer for the “Jornada de educación y sensibilización ambiental para el correcto manejo de los residuos sólidos” in the framework of the “Peru-Bolivia Match” 2017.

Please list the type(s) of farm machinery, tractors and/or vehicles that you’re experienced using

If you have any mechanical repair skills, please describe

Please describe specific agricultural and/or work skills that a prospective Host may like to know

– Implementation of organic manure production through home and semi-industrial composting processes.

– Implementation of small-scale bio-gardens of vegetables, legumes and aromatic plants.

-Implementation of the vermicomposting production technique and proper management of a Californian red worm farm to obtain different benefits.

– Providing composting and vermicomposting workshops.

– Production of beneficial microorganisms and biofertilisers.

– Coordination in the implementation of new technologies such as biochar

Any additional skills or specialties you’d like a prospective Host to know about you?

I consider that another of my skills is to be able to generate socio-environmental projects that help to improve the relationship with the different interest groups of the farms, and also to promote sustainable development through self-sustainable practices.


[Training Objectives & Preferred Host Placements]

First Choice Tree Fruits
Provide additional examples for your selected choice
Do you have hands-on experience in your 1st choice? No
Describe any experience you have in your 1st placement choice
Second Choice Coffee and Cacao
Provide additional examples for your selected choice
Do you have hands-on experience in your 2nd choice? No
Describe any experience you have in your 2nd placement choice
Third Choice Farm education – Community
Provide additional examples for your selected choice
Do you have hands-on experience in your 3rd choice? Yes
Describe any experience you have in your 3rd placement choice

Volunteering in the Agrarian Training and Youth Entrepreneurship Support Programme in Peru-FORMAGRO.

Enverdúrate course in alliance with the Creativity Workshop Casa Betania and Instituto Peruvian Peruvian Institute providing workshops for the implementation of Biogardens.

Choose up to 5 other areas of interest that will help MESA match you with your US Host Compost, Permaculture, Postharvest Processing, Urban agriculture, Youth & farm education


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Reference Letter1  
Reference Letter2

Optional files to strengthen your application:

Your Personal statement  
C.V. or Resumé, if you have one

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