Fight Poverty: Educate Women in Panama

Aug 18, 2011

CAPTA Course July-August: The Vocational Training Phase

Odalis cleaning Pool Chairs!
Odalis cleaning Pool Chairs!

The CAPTA program consists of two phases, the Foundation Cycle and the Vocational Training. After the first four weeks, the CAPTA class has successfully managed the Foundation Cycle and enters the second phase. At this point, the CAPTA women can choose between receiving training as housekeeper assistant or as waitress. For the next two weeks, the women will receive training in their area of choice at the Panama International Hotel School followed by a one-week internship at the hotels of the Bern Group in Panama.

For the first three days, the women enrolled as housekeeping assistants receive a general introduction in the fields of qualitative service, hygiene, personal appearance, telephone answering and others. On the fourth day, the women learn how to do tasks related to their future occupation; these are then practiced under supervision for the rest of the time at the hotel school.

The women enrolled as waitresses have three days of general introduction covering similar fields as for the housekeepers, followed by four days of instruction. The second week is then fully dedicated to practicing the learned under supervision.

This week, the twenty-one women are interning at different hotels throughout Panama. 

Thank you for making all this possible! Thanks to GlobalGiving donors, two of this women were able to enroll and finish CAPTA course. You helped them to change their lives!

All of us in Calicanto are very proud of this women from our community, wish them great success and are looking forward to a beautiful graduation ceremony on August 24th.  It is touching to see how far these women came in just seven short weeks and we also want to share with you this magical moment as they take the first steps in their new life: take a look at the invitation in our website or to last June Group's Graduation video!

You can continue helping more women to do so donating again or telling your friends about us and why you believe in this project: invite them to become our fans in Facebook to get to know us better.

Best regards from all the Calicanto Team.

Teodora learning Housekeeping Secrets
Teodora learning Housekeeping Secrets
Diana organizing the store-closet.
Diana organizing the store-closet.
Blanca making a Fluffy Fresh Bed!
Blanca making a Fluffy Fresh Bed!
Vielka organizing her Housekeeping-goodies!
Vielka organizing her Housekeeping-goodies!
Marigel learning to clean tables @ the Restaurant
Marigel learning to clean tables @ the Restaurant



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Project Leader

Hildegard Vasquez

Panama, Panama

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Map of Fight Poverty: Educate Women in Panama