ARCADIE COTRUTA

ARCADIE COTRUTA

ARCADIE COTRUTA

Camp Director | DEC Camp (Ukraine)

After graduating in Law from Cambridge and the Sorbonne, Arcadie embarked on a force tour of the International Organisations that work in development, aid and community change in a variety of fields (he tackled decentralisation policies at UNDP, anti-trafficking solutions at IOM, economic development through public-private partnership at USAID in Ecuador, and health migration at WHO).

Thereafter, he decided that the bureaucratic lifestyle was not for him, and the pull of making and seeing meaningful change really happening (real-time, in front of his eyes) brought him to join full-time his wife, Irina, at DEC Camp, in Ukraine. They overhauled their old ‘’English-intensive’’ program for something that is still in development, but that focuses on social entrepreneurship projects, community engagement, alternative and democratic education and a specific interest in innovations (technological, methodological, developmental) and leadership (through 21st century skills, the 4Cs, Covey’s habits, etc). All is done through project-based work (group and individual) and this is what really rocked his world: seeing kids take on local/global/personal issues and work on them, until they find an answer within and can also present it to the world.

In the meantime, Arcadie has also become a father to 3 awesome kids, celebrated his 30th birthday surfing the Lisbon waves, and dreams of the summer returning, so that they can continue inspiring kids to be real change-makers.