The board



Sarah Schmidt


Sarah Schmidt - Chair


is a graduate engineer (physics) and is doing her doctorate in Trondheim (Norway) on the topic of sustainable consumption and energy consumption.

She has been volunteering in Latin America since 2007 and is a co-founder of the Puente Nica eV association


As the central contact person for the work of Puente Nica eV, she has headed the association since 2012.


Contact: (at)







Verena Prinz - Deputy Chair, Book Bus Coordination


2012-2013 spent a voluntary social year in the Casita del Árbol in Tipitapa, became an active member of the association one year after her return and has been on the board since 2016.


She is primarily the contact person for the book bus project.

After the Bachelor in Cultural Studies she is currently studying the master in cultural management and cultural education in Mönchengladbach.


Contact: v.prinz (at)





Marcello Perez


Dr. Marcello Pérez - Press Maintenance, coordination of public relations


works as an assistant professor at the Friedrich Alexander University in Erlangen-Nuremberg in the field of development economics.


He grew up in Nicaragua and co-founded the Enrique Schmidt scholarship program. As press attendant, he coordinates the association's press and public relations work.


Contact: m.perez (at)






Anja Vigenschow


Dr. med. Anja Vigenschow - Secretary, Fundraising Coordination


is a doctor and did a voluntary service in the Casita del Árbol from 2011-2012.

Since the foundation of Puente Nicas, she has been the secretary on the board.


She is currently responsible for coordinating fundraising activities also the South-North exchange.


Contact: a.vigenschow (at)







Simon Hempel


Simon Hempel - Treasurer


is a physiotherapist and lived in Nicaragua for a total of 18 months between 2011 and 2013.

 There he completed a voluntary social year and lived after a short return to Germany

another six months on site.


He is co-founder of Puente Nica eV and responsible for the association's finances.


Contact: s.hempel (at)