Send Baru Students to Training School for a year

by Fundacion Hernan Echavarria Olozaga
Send Baru Students to Training School for a year
Send Baru Students to Training School for a year
Send Baru Students to Training School for a year
Send Baru Students to Training School for a year
Yoifer
Yoifer

19 years ago, Yoifer was born on May. His birth coincided with the annual celebration of the festivities of Baru, which means life, culture, and history for the native population.

“Being born in May for me is like a birthmark, because since I can remember, every time is my birthday, the town changes. They paint the Church, they baptize all the small children, the school gives lectures about the town’s history and folk groups performs.

All of this has made me curious, and this is why I like to read a lot, investigate, ask if I have doubts and never keep for me the desire of doing something. This has made me learn a lot and tell a lot of stories. Did you know that Baru used to be a peninsula? The “Dique” canal made it an island!” says Yoifer.

And so, Yoifer's genuine personality made him enroll in the Hosting Service Technician program, even though his friends told him he shouldn't do it because women are the ones who usually study this career. However, although he was the only male in his study group, with his great character and personality, Yoifer showed that careers have no gender, and that perspective is everything. “With this career I can not only be a house keeper, I can also be a bellman, an area supervisor and much more. I can be anything I want to be” he says with great confidence.

Yoifer at school
Yoifer at school

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Yesenia smiling
Yesenia smiling

On July 2015, the Training and Entrepreneurship School of Barú was inaugurated. This is the first school for technical and complementary training in the island.

“It was a very nice ceremony. I sat down in the front row, very proud of myself as I was one of the first natives to study for a degree in the island, without having to go to Cartagena.

At that time, I decided to study to be a Room Arrangement Assistant, because it was the shortest career”, says Yenesia.

That same year, Yesenia completed the theoretical phase of the program and successfully completed the practical phase. She was so committed to her work that she was hired for an additional year as a housekeeper.

“With the money that my husband earned working as a waiter in a restaurant on the beach and the money that I earned working as a housekeeper, we managed to build our own house. It was not easy, we did it step by step, just the way we wanted it to be, so for me it is the most beautiful house in the zone.

After that, we had 2 children. When they were big enough, I began to go to work with my husband to the beach, where I learned how to work with tourism. I like it, but I like more being a housekeeper, because you can serve tourists in a much more elegant and pleasant space. For this reason, I decided to continue studying and I chose the technical career in Room Arrangement Service, which is a higher degree than the assistant and has complementary training in customer service, business protocol and others.

 I have great expectations with this new career because when I get my degree, I will be a technician with more than a year of experience. I am confident that I will get a job in what a most like to do, very quickly.” Finishes Yesenia.

 

Yesenia at school
Yesenia at school

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Eulises at the Technical  School
Eulises at the Technical School

Eulises is 21 years old, and he is the last one of 5 siblings. For him, Barú is synonymous with smoked fried coconut rice with fish, plantain, and green salad, and not to mention the traditional snail and crab cocktail.

In 2020 he began his training as a Kitchen Technician. He was attracted to this career because of the techniques implemented. "I waited for a long time to be able to enroll, because every time I found out about the calls, there was no longer space and when I finally managed to enter to the course, the pandemic began" said Eulises.

And he continued his story by saying “during the virtual training, to connect to the classes, I had to locate myself with my cell phone in a place in the house where there was a signal. Therefore, I was very excited when two months ago they told us that we were going back de school.

What I liked the most about the workshops we did were the types of cuts and cooking terms of the meats. Now I am focused on starting my internship and I imagine it as a unique experience, where I will be able to demonstrate everything I have learned and also learn new things from other Chefs.

Meanwhile, to practice and not forget the techniques, I prepare meals to my family and they have congratulated me on the taste; they say the taste is different from the foods they usually eat for lunch or dinner. The trick is the way we prepare them and to season them with spices”, revealed Eulises.

Eulises
Eulises

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Rubiela
Rubiela

Rubiela was born in Baru. Her dream is to become a great cook. 

"When I was a child, I played with my friends and we imagined we were cooks in a restaurant. We used dried leaves, which we would cut into small pieces as meat. For the rice we would look for Styrofoam and disintegrate it until it was the same size as a grain. Finally, for the seasoning, nothing better than the sand from Baru", says Rubiela.

Her interest in cooking has always been present in her life. When she was in high school, she enjoyed the typical regional food festivals and the sweet festival held during Easter week. When she graduated from high school, she applied for a job as a cook in a hotel located in Baru: "I was very excited about the interview, but at the end they told me that they would not give me the opportunity because they needed someone who had studied and that had worked as a cook. I was very disappointed, and I was discouraged for several days, but then, I found out about the free cooking program in Santa Ana and I decided to enroll, because I want to demonstrate everyone that I am a very good cook and let them try my dishes", she says vehemently.

Rubiela at work
Rubiela at work

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Johany working in one of the hotel rooms
Johany working in one of the hotel rooms

Johany is one of the Thecnical and Entrepreneurship School apprentices, who resides in the village of Barú and traveled daily to the Santa Ana community for six months, to attend the classes of the technical career in room service she is studying.

In March 2021 she began her internship, as after attending the theory classes for 6 months, she must continue with the practical stage of the career, in order to graduate.

“One Monday afternoon my uncle called me on the phone and said: niece, they are going to need interns in one of the hotels in the community, why don´t you send your CV? From that moment on, I felt like I was in a marathon; I organized my CV quickly, as if I were in a race against the clock, and I took it to the hotel. The next day they called me for an interview”, says Johany with evident emotion.

“During the interview I felt nervous, but I never showed it. I spoke about myself, my family and my career knowledge. When I finished, I was very anxious. Then, a week passed and I had no news about the process. When I least imagined it, they called me! I could not believe it! The next day, I took the medical exams and in a few days I was ready to start my internship”.

“The hotel is really beautiful. It is facing the sea and surrounded by nature. Everything is very quiet there. The guests are very kind and appreciative. I am really happy to be doing my internship in this place and to be closer to obtaining my degree”, Johany concludes with great enthusiasm.

Johany at work
Johany at work

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