My name is Elisa Hofstede Arbelaez, I was born in Quito, Ecuador. My father is Dutch and my mother is Colombian so I have always been exposed to a wide multicultural background. Apart from this I have had the opportunity to travel to many places around the world as well as live in Canada and New Zealand for part of my life. Currently I am in my last school year at The British School Quito and form part of the 3rd generation of the Lagartococha project at my school. I see the Beyond Lagartococha project as a beautiful opportunity to expand my knowledge and learn new values from other cultures differing from my own while simultaneously helping the secoya community receive all the best life they can and deserve.