Meet the social entrepreneurs who are going to make Hotel con Corazón Mexico happen.
Erica Donkers (1980)
With a higher professional education degree in International Tourism Management & Consultancy, Erica works as a Policy Advisor in Social Care and Poverty within local government in the Netherlands.
Erica: "I have previously lived in Costa Rica and Mexico, where I worked in the field of Ecotourism and later with disadvantaged children. All this experience comes together in the challenges of Hotel con Corazón Mexico. I have a hands-on mentality and a great drive to realize my goals."
Saskia Fiselier (1969)
Saskia has a higher professional education degree in Communications and a Master's degree in Art History. She works as a freelance Communications & Marketing Consultant and as a Tour Leader in Latin America.
Saskia: "I first visited Oaxaca in 2008 and have been living here since 2011. I find the city the perfect place to realize a social hotel. I like to work as a team and love the challenge of getting a project like this together and turning it into a success."
Marcel Zuidhof (1965)
Marcel is an engineer in Applied Physics and has an MBA in addition. After an international career in consultancy and ICT, he established the first Hotel con Corazón in Nicaragua together with Onno Oostveen.
Marcel: "After six years in the Netherlands, I now want to use my experience to set up this new Hotel con Corazón in Mexico."
Erica Donkers wants to increase the confidence and abilities of disadvantaged children by introducing them to new future prospects. Saskia Fiselier has for years had the idea to start a hotel, one that gives back to the local community. Marcel Zuidhof's ambition is to start more Hotels con Corazón, in order to support more children around the world. Hotel con Corazón brings us, and our plans, together.