Jaana Laitinen

International Youth Facilitator, Earth Charter International Secretariat
Costa Rica San José, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Languages : English, Finnish, Spanish, Swedish
  • Last Login : Jul 18, 2011

About Me

I am a Nordic girl living far away from home. I love that tiny corner of the world, those endless forests, lakes, Arctic Circle, lightness winter and nightless summer, quiet people and sauna. But I think there is too much to see in this world to only stay there. World is too fantastic to stick in one place for too long time.

I am a passionate about making a difference. I cannot stand still when I see that something needs to be done – which is not always a good thing :) …

I am currently working as an International Youth Facilitator at the Earth Charter International Secretariat, located at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace, in Costa Rica. I am a social scientist with a master’s level specialization on development and international cooperation. Before joining the Earth Charter International, I was employed by Plan Finland, one of the country’s largest development NGOs. In addition I have been working for Indian Eco-Village Development –project and interning for grassroots NGOs in Uganda and India.

I am also a social entrepreneur running a small online craft business in Finland. I import crafts from East Africa, India and Costa Rica to Finland and collaborate with small NGOs and artisans.

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  • My Interests
    Child & Youth Rights, Civil Society, Corporate Social Responsibility, Fair Trade, Gender Equality, Human Rights, International Aggreements, Labour Rights, Learning, Poverty, Rights of the Poor, Social Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Development

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    AustriaAustria      BelgiumBelgium      BelizeBelize      CanadaCanada      ColombiaColombia      Costa RicaCosta Rica      CroatiaCroatia      Czech RepublicCzech Republic      DenmarkDenmark      Dominican RepublicDominican Republic      EcuadorEcuador      El SalvadorEl Salvador      EstoniaEstonia      FinlandFinland      FranceFrance      GermanyGermany      GibraltarGibraltar      GreeceGreece      GuatemalaGuatemala      HondurasHonduras      HungaryHungary      IndiaIndia      IrelandIreland      ItalyItaly      KenyaKenya      LatviaLatvia      LithuaniaLithuania      MexicoMexico      NetherlandsNetherlands      NicaraguaNicaragua      PanamaPanama      PolandPoland      RomaniaRomania      RussiaRussia      SlovakiaSlovakia      SloveniaSlovenia      South KoreaSouth Korea      SpainSpain      SwedenSweden      SwitzerlandSwitzerland      TanzaniaTanzania      TurkeyTurkey      UgandaUganda      United KingdomUnited Kingdom      United StatesUnited States

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