Jaime Ulloa Vara

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2002


This profile was prepared when Jaime Ulloa Vara was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2002.
The New Idea
Jaime has developed the first and only massive effort in Peru to promote widespread citizen volunteerism. Jaime's organization, Asociación Civil Trabajo Voluntario Trabajo Voluntario (or Trabajo Voluntario) brings together nonprofit organizations looking for volunteers and individuals who wish to volunteer, matching supply with demand via the Internet. With just a few clicks, people in locations throughout Peru can find volunteer opportunities that mesh with their own social interests and with society's needs. This benefits nonprofit organizations because they can easily find volunteers to increase the human capital available for their projects without having to invest the time and resources necessary to identify and train them. In this sense, the increase in volunteerism is a direct injection of human capital into the Peruvian economy in the sectors that most need it. It also serves to build a strong sense of solidarity that is essential for the future of the country.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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