Dear VISIONAR supporter,
We thought you might enjoy not just reading about our students, and the great work that your donation is allowing us to do, but rather watch our students on video. In this report, please meet Micaela by following the link below.
We are a very lean organization, and our video editing capabilities are limited, so instead of subtitles, I am offering you the transcript of Micaela’s video here:
“Hello, I am Micaela and I am in the second year of Chemical Engineering. I study at Universidad Technologica Nacional, Facultad Regional San Francisco. I chose this program because in the future I would like to help develop ecological technologies.
I would like to thank everyone at Visionar Scholarships who gave me the opportunity to be part of this program. Thanks to their help I can focus on school and I think it is a good opportunity for young people like me who need financial help in order to study what they are passionate about.
I would like to invite everyone who is interested to visit our Facebook page to learn about us and how you can help students like me to have a better future. Thank you!
The VISIONAR team in Argentina, our fourteen students, and I take this opportunity to THANK YOU deeply for your continued support, and to wish you a very blessed Holiday Season.
Letters from a firefighter: Matias’ story.
In this report, I invite you to get to know a bit more about one of our VISIONAR students. Matias embodies the spirit of VISIONAR. He is goal-oriented, ambitious, hard-working student, and more: when Matias is not busy studying or helping in his uncle’s clothing business, Matias is a volunteer firefighter. He is an inspiration for us all.
Nota Bene: I obtained Matias’ permission to share excerpts of his email messages.
Feb 17, 2014
I am Matias, and I receive a VISIONAR scholarship. First of all, I want to thank VISIONAR for this great help; I don’t have words to thank you enough.
I am 22 years old and am in the 3rd year of college with a major in international business. I come from a very hard-working family. My father is a factory worker for a company that manufactures sewing machines and kitchen stoves. My mom is a housewife and works as a seamstress. I have two older sisters, Vanesa and Noelia.
Besides going for my degree in international business, I am truly passionate about my service as a firefighter. Unlike in the United States, the majority of firefighters in Argentina are volunteers. No pay means that we have to find other careers in parallel to firefighting. But our training is just as rigorous and our involvement in the community is just as professional as if it was a full-time job. The best pay as a firefighter is a hug and a “thank you” from the people we get to help. Sometimes I get to save lives, sometimes I get to save property, but I do it all with a lot of passion. And after an incident that might require long hours and dangerous situations, I and my team get to go back to our “day jobs” and occupations.
For now I will stop here, because I could write pages and pages about my experiences as a firefighter and what that means to me.
TO CONTINUE READING MATIAS' STORY, PLEASE OPEN THE ATTACHMENT.
As always, thank you for your donations and your support! They are helping change the future for our students.
From Graduation to Her First Job: A Dream Come True for Maria Angela
VISIONAR scholar Maria Angela is another outstanding example of ambition, hard work, and making things happen. Last May, Maria Angela graduated from UCES with a degree in Accounting, and less than two weeks later, she was hired as an accountant by one of San Francisco’s local firms. When she tells us about it, her excitement is palpable, and so is her determination:
“I was afraid I would not find a job right away,” Angela shared with us. “But my job search started months before I got my degree: I would get up in the morning as if I was going to work, and worked at it: updating my resume, taking additional courses, searching for jobs online, sending resumes to accounting firms. Finally I ran into an accounting firm that I had not heard about, and left them my resume. They called me for an interview and days after I was offered the job.”
Given Argentina’s struggling economy, with inflation tracking at 30%, and unemployment between 9 and 10%, young people sometimes lose hope, and opt not to go to college. Jobs may be few, especially for young graduates, but that is even more reason to focus on getting an education, and to search for opportunities with tenacity. Maria Angela is a clear example of that, and yet another success story that we are so proud to share with all our donors and supporters.