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Oct 17, 2020

Interns Speak About Their Work

Deysi at Work
Deysi at Work

 From Deysi of San Juan Comalapa

I want to tell you of my infinite thanks for the help you are giving me.  It is very valuable because it gives me the opportunity to exercise my profession.  At the same time, I am receiving a salary for it.  It is very helpful for me to be able to involve myself in the world of work.

I already have spent some time in the institution performing different accounting services to the people that reside in San Juan Comalapa.  It is a pleasure to work in this institution.  It is a comfortable and agreeable environment.  They are giving me the knowledge I need without any type of arrogance.  Because of this, I am gaining much practical knowledge that will be useful in the future. 

For another part, the situation with Covid-19 continues to affect us at the personal and family level. For this reason, the aid that I receive is very important.  Thank you again for the collaboration since it helps me to get ahead.

I hope to continue learning during this time and to continue to increase my accumulated knowledge and practical experience in order to grow as a person and professional.

Deysi 

From Yanira of Patizicia

I am doing my work experience in the La Sierra Ranch.  During this month, I performed different activities.  The business is divided into different areas.  In the office area, I filed documents in five departments: Financial Manager, Sales Department, Marketing and Advertising, Accounting, and Forest Area.  At the beginning of each month, they do an inventory of the entire ranch.

One of the largest area of the ranch is the forest area.  It has a great variety of documents from the year it started.  The plantation of each tree is by lot.  There are approximately 100 lots.  The lots are divided into other lots. In the lots, you will find trees of different species planted.    Each species has a code.  They make medicine of these trees.  They take advantage of each part and use it well.

 Another area of the ranch is the Dairy.  It is 10 minutes from the central office. At the beginning of this week, I was able to do an inventory of the Diary, get to know the livestock area, and the area where they process the milk. During this day, I also, took blood samples from the cows.  They process this normally each year.  I have gotten to know new coworkers and their responsibilities.

Yanira 

From Cristina of San Juan Comalapa

The reason for the present letter is to share with you the happiness and joy I feel when I see the enthusiasm to learn the children have.  It strengthens me to keep moving forward .  Despite the weight of our situation, I am happy to be able to exercise my profession with much love.

I teach some of the stydents on-line, but I cannot connect with all the classes on-line. I also take the education to their homes.

I want to share with you one of the activities that I have done with the students.  One of the activities for the children from 4 to 6 years old is to recite a poem.  I taught them a poem about a lion and how to make a lion out of paper. They made them at home and shared them on-line. They are full of enthusiasm and work with effort and determination.  Look for the pictures of the loins they made in the pictures attached.

Cristina

Yanira in the Rancho Sierra Office
Yanira in the Rancho Sierra Office
Cristina Teaching Lion Poem
Cristina Teaching Lion Poem
Children's Lion Project
Children's Lion Project
Cristina Teaching at Student's Home
Cristina Teaching at Student's Home
Deysi Working with her PPE in Place
Deysi Working with her PPE in Place
Jul 14, 2020

Kateri Student Meets the Pandemic Challenge

Alicia at Home
Alicia at Home

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected Guatemala as it has the United States.  The Guatemalan government has taken very strict measures to control its spread.  There is no public transportation, schools closed, markets curtailed, and traveling between states is prohibited.  Alicia, a student in our program studying bookkeeping, shares how this has affected her and her family.

Alicia shares about her studies. 

"Well, right now in my studies I can’t go to class.   I am taking classes through a WhatsApp group on Saturdays from 8 until 11 in the morning.  It’s a bit difficult because it’s not a lot of time for the teachers to explain to us how we need to complete the assignments."

"We completed our first lab from our homes. The teacher sent the exercise one day.  The next morning, I turned it in. It was an entire project, so I was happy to be able to complete it.  We had to create an inventory, a daily ledger, a general ledger, payroll, sales and purchase ledgers, and a balance sheet.  We are completing the exams for the second period next Saturday.  I will be studying to get good grades."

About Her Family 

My family finds themselves well, thanks be to God.  Right now, we are experiencing some very difficult moments financially. We cannot sell our flowers and we have had losses.  Nevertheless, my dad continues maintaining the flowers.  He does not want to abandon them.

Her Community

"This virus has affected my community a lot because here the people live on what they grow. Since they are not opening the markets, they can no longer sell their products. This has greatly affected the finances of everyone. We have also been very affected in my family because the prices of basic foodstuffs have increased.  We cannot buy food because we no longer have income.  We are not able to sell our flowers. We are praying that this virus does not keep affecting everyone."

"Before the virus arrived, I was working with a lady, helping her do her housework.  She told me that she no longer had the money to keep paying me.  When everything with the virus passes, she would call me so I could help her once again. I am left without work. Since then I have been at my house, helping my mom do housework. I also help my dad weed the flowers.  When I am done, I begin doing my schoolwork.  This is how it has affected us all."

Candelaria is coordinating program from her home.  Each of the young women has opened a bank account and she is depositing their scholarship in the account monthly.  She has set up a WhatsApp group for their monthly meetings.  They all are adjusting to what has become the new normal.  We are thankful that we have been able to maintain the program under the circumstances.

Ingrid studying at home
Ingrid studying at home
Margarita at home
Margarita at home
Milvia studying at home
Milvia studying at home
Jun 23, 2020

A Letter from Mishel

Mishel
Mishel

Hi!

I want to thank you for the opportunity you have given me.  During this last month of my internship, I have developed various abilities.  The most important of them is to have patience, be more affectionate, and more understanding.

At first, I did not think that I would be able to get along with the other teachers, but as I got to know them better, I was able to share with them a little more.  I have learned that I am able to do things well.   During this time, they gave me the opportunity to speak with the junior high girls about self-esteem.  One of them got up and thanked me for the talk that I gave.  She thanked me and shared with everyone that she did not like herself, but now thanks to my talk, she liked herself a little more.  This made me determined to make the students feel good and understand that they are equal and that they all have different qualities that are unique to them.  It was an honor to talk to the girls and for them to put such confidence in me. To be with them in this stage and to be the adult that I needed when I was a child.  It was more than a pleasure.  Perhaps I am not the best teacher on the planet, but to know that I have already made a footprint, fills me with pride and satisfaction.

About my responsibilities at home: I am at the point of completing 18 years.  This gives me many responsibilities.  Many times, I feel pressured by them.  My parents have told me a new stage is beginning and it may be hard.   I learned to listen to them and feel empathy.  This has improved their confidence in me a lot. 

Without anything more to add, waiting for the end of my internship, I thank you for the opportunity to grow as a professional and as a person.

I sign off!.

 

 Mishel 

 
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