Southwestern University graduate Ximena Querol is proof that alumni can make a difference worldwide. She co-founded a non-profit organization in Peru in 2008 that has attracted volunteers from 10 different countries.

Querol, originally from Peru, started Nexos Voluntarios (NeVo) in her home country to provide a venue for volunteers to be matched with projects of interest in Peru. Querol started the organization with her longtime friend Carolina Benavides, with a shared mission to serve and help others volunteer. She spearheaded the organization with Benavides in 2008 after working as a consultant for McKinsey & Co., a company in Peru.

“I enjoy seeing how people can make an impact just by giving their time and their care. I enjoy seeing how, little by little, we are contributing to a better country and making the lives of those in need better every day. I enjoy seeing how each one of us can add a drop of water until the glass is full,” Querol said.

Querol lived in the Austin area for six years while pursuing her higher education. She received a bachelor’s degree in business from Southwestern in 1996; and both a master of arts in Latin American studies and master of business administration degree from the University of Texas in 2001. While at Southwestern, she was involved with the International Students Club.


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