Luisa was studying her course in Eco-tourism at the school and needed support due to her family situation which had been greatly affected by the pandemic. In her application Luisa explained that education was the key to her future when she wrote: 'besides the personal circumstances of my family, and personal, I don’t want to abandon my studies, because I am so clear that Education is the key that will open the doors of success, I want to accomplish my dreams and to reach my goals. I want to enter to college and continue to achieve and prepare myself, I love to learn new things every day, and my best wish is to be an inspirational source for other people to help them transform, in my community, giving examples through my behavior, my effort and my help to others, with my knowledge. Thank you.'
Regarding her Eco-tourism course Luisa explained: 'the tourism field gives me wide knowledge about: history, culture customs and traditions of my country Guatemala. Besides it gives me the opportunity to learn English, which is so important to communicate with the people from other cultures, and give them a sight of the Guatemala's richness.'
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Meet the Students
During early 2022, AKUN was approached by a school, Liceo Urrutia School CEEP, in Panajachel, Guatemala to sponsor students whose families were having difficulty paying fees due to Covid-19. The school is in an area known for its tourism, with many visitors enjoying the eco-tourism on offer. The curriculum at the school supports the students in gaining qualifications linked to the tourism industry in order to prepare them for employment in the local area. The AKUN Board was able to speak to some of the staff at the school to better understand the student's circumstances. Once the applications were received the Board reviewed them and decided we would be able to support 2 students during 2022.
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Ingrid needed support for the final year of her 3 year Secretarial course in Spanish and English.
When asked why she wanted to study her current course Ingrid wrote, 'because I want to be an excellent secretary, and to be an example to others, that every dream can be accomplished with effort and dedication.' As well as her course fees, Ingrid also needed support with internet, transport by bus to and from school and school supplies.
Guatemalan Scholarship Students