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
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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Karen on a rainy day in Baru
Karen on a rainy day in Baru

The first thing Karen has seen every morning for 24 years is the sea, as her house is on the shore.

"For me it has been something spectacular because not everyone has the fortune of living in front of the sea." When she was a child, the first thing she did when she got home from school was, in her words, “jump into the salt water”.

Her childhood and adolescence passed between friends and sea baths. When she was in the last grade of school, she got pregnant. When Karen graduated, her daughter was already borne and became her engine in life. “I realized that if you look for a job, the first thing they ask you for is your resume, and what would you write on it, if you had just graduated from high school? So, I decided to study and I enrolled in the SENA[1], were the education is free. I graduated from high school in December and in May I was already studying Accommodation Service. I learned a lot and I felt that the teachers knew how to teach me. On one occasion they exempted me from an exam for being a good student and for fixing the room really fast”.

When she finished her theory classes, Karen did an internship at a renowned hotel located in Santa Ana, and she spent her first salary on her daughter: "I bought diapers for a month", she said. At the end of her internship, she obtained her certification as an Accommodation Service Technician. “I sent my resume to a hotel in Baru and days after the interview, they called me to work as a maid. Thanks to this, I have bought a refrigerator, a washing machine and a stove for my house”. These investments show us how her quality of life has improved after studying and started to work.

Karen advises young people in Baru to take advantage of the opportunities life gives them by saying: ”Being young is not easy. I would tell all young people in the island to concentrate on studying and working hard, to achieve all their goals and to progress, which would be good for them and their families”.

 

[1] Training and Entrepreneurship School.

Karen with her Diploma
Karen with her Diploma
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Yudis' smile
Yudis' smile

Yudis has lived in Barú since she was born, 38 years ago. She was a mother at 17, currently has three children and lives with her husband.

Barú provides her sustenance. What she likes most about her territory is “the land and the sea, since they give us what we need; not only food but also work”.

Since she was 15, she started working in various services. Three years ago, she started working as a room keeper in a Hotel located in Barú and two years ago, she decided to study Accommodation Service Assistance to get a degree.

If she has learned something in life, it is to take the initiative. During the first week working as a room keeper, she implemented some changes in the organization of the rooms and although at the beginning she was afraid of her boss’s reaction, he was pleased with her ideas and since then, all the rooms have Yudis’ touch.

When she talks about her work, Yudis reflects enthusiasm in her eyes: “I like the work I do, I like the satisfaction of the clients when they enter the room and find it fixed. On one occasion I made an arrangement and they asked me where I had learned it, since it was similar to the arrangements of the 5-star hotels in the wall city of Cartagena; that day I was very proud of myself and of my education”.

"If one word describes me, it is efficiency, because I am very committed to my work", Yudis expresses with confidence. “My contract is now suspended because of the Covid – 19 pandemics. But despite the suspension, my employer periodically sends us bonuses and food packages, accompanied by words of encouragement, to keep us positive that soon we will all be able to go back to work”.

“Going back to work will be like having a second chance, valuing more and more my job and the Hotel that feels like home to me."

Yudis
Yudis
Yudis in her home town Baru
Yudis in her home town Baru

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Location: Bogota / Cartagena, Cundinamarca/Bolívar - Colombia
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