** For full report with pictures, please open attached pdf.**
My name is Darío and I am writing this letter on behalf of all VISIONAR scholars.
“An enriching experience”, is the first thought that comes to mind when I think about Natalie Russell, a Globalgiving representative that visited us in San Francisco (Argentina) back in March. During Natalie’s stay, Asociacion Atrapsuenos and the VISIONAR students provided an update related to:
• VISIONAR objectives
• Our student selección process and the requirement to obtain and to maintain the scholarship
• Who are the current scholarship recipients, their career and personal goals
In turn, Natalie provided great support to us, explaining how we could improve our visibility within the Globalgiving platform, and how we can improve our fundraising strategy
In addition, Natalie contributed her knowledge and her great disposition. The mere cultural exchange between Natalie and the VISIONAR students was extremely valuable. Natalie helped us widen our perspective of the world and to understand that solidarity has no borders. Finally, Natalie encouraged us (VISIONAR students) to continue our efforts to reach our dreams.
We know that reaching our goals is possible, especially when we see the support received through Atrapasuenos, the organization behind VISIONAR scholarships. As a beneficiary of this program, I appreciate that support, and I confirm Atrapasuenos’ commitment to each and everyone of the students receiving scholarships.
Gracias Natalie for a splendid and productive visit!
We will always be grateful for all this support!
Dear VISIONAR friends,
As the Northern hemisphere prepares for Spring, our students in Argentina spring into a new school year.
For Agustina, an outstanding VISIONAR student at UCES University supported by your donations, this is a very busy and special year: Agustina is due to receive her Law degree in May, has a full time job at Morteros Courthouse (a position she earned through a very competitive recruiting process) and is about to begin a specialization program in civil and commercial law.
See Agustina as she introduces herself in the following videos:
Intro video in Spanish
Intro video in English
Agustina lives with her parents and sister in San Francisco, Argentina. Her father is an auto mechanic, and her mother a schoolteacher. Her sister Carolina is studying Physical Education. Agustina has a daily 2-hour commute by bus to her job at the Courthouse in the town of Morteros, a job she loves, helping with court hearing reports and other legal documentation.
Last February, Agustina presented her final thesis for her degree. She researched the impact of the Sistema Interamericano de Derecho Humanos (Inter-American Commission on Human Rights) in her community. Her project included a survey of 225 lawyers in the San Francisco area and interviews with prominent judges. Agustina can’t wait for the oral presentation of her project in May! Assuming she will pass (and being an A student, this is a safe assumption), Agustina will then receive her Law degree.
What is next for Agustina? She is planning to complement her studies with a degree as notary public, which, in Argentina, strengthens her curriculum to be considered for promotion within the Judiciary system. In April, she will also take a highly competitive exam to be considered for a job within the Federal Judiciary system. Agustina is a very busy young lady!
In her vision for the future, Agustina would love to do a graduate program in International Relations, but she is not quite sure how as this would entail moving to Buenos Aires, and finding a way to finance that degree. (Nota bene: VISIONAR supports college students only).
A final word of THANKS to all of you who continue to support us: Your donations make it possible for Agustina and another twelve college students to follow their passions, to get an education, and to build a future for themselves. Gracias! Thank you!
Please help us to continue supporting students like Agustina. To donate:
Search under: Scholarships For Outstanding Students In Argentina
Dear VISIONAR supporter,
We thought you might enjoy not just reading about our students, and the great work that your donation is allowing us to do, but rather watch our students on video. In this report, please meet Micaela by following the link below.
We are a very lean organization, and our video editing capabilities are limited, so instead of subtitles, I am offering you the transcript of Micaela’s video here:
“Hello, I am Micaela and I am in the second year of Chemical Engineering. I study at Universidad Technologica Nacional, Facultad Regional San Francisco. I chose this program because in the future I would like to help develop ecological technologies.
I would like to thank everyone at Visionar Scholarships who gave me the opportunity to be part of this program. Thanks to their help I can focus on school and I think it is a good opportunity for young people like me who need financial help in order to study what they are passionate about.
I would like to invite everyone who is interested to visit our Facebook page to learn about us and how you can help students like me to have a better future. Thank you!
The VISIONAR team in Argentina, our fourteen students, and I take this opportunity to THANK YOU deeply for your continued support, and to wish you a very blessed Holiday Season.
Letters from a firefighter: Matias’ story.
In this report, I invite you to get to know a bit more about one of our VISIONAR students. Matias embodies the spirit of VISIONAR. He is goal-oriented, ambitious, hard-working student, and more: when Matias is not busy studying or helping in his uncle’s clothing business, Matias is a volunteer firefighter. He is an inspiration for us all.
Nota Bene: I obtained Matias’ permission to share excerpts of his email messages.
Feb 17, 2014
I am Matias, and I receive a VISIONAR scholarship. First of all, I want to thank VISIONAR for this great help; I don’t have words to thank you enough.
I am 22 years old and am in the 3rd year of college with a major in international business. I come from a very hard-working family. My father is a factory worker for a company that manufactures sewing machines and kitchen stoves. My mom is a housewife and works as a seamstress. I have two older sisters, Vanesa and Noelia.
Besides going for my degree in international business, I am truly passionate about my service as a firefighter. Unlike in the United States, the majority of firefighters in Argentina are volunteers. No pay means that we have to find other careers in parallel to firefighting. But our training is just as rigorous and our involvement in the community is just as professional as if it was a full-time job. The best pay as a firefighter is a hug and a “thank you” from the people we get to help. Sometimes I get to save lives, sometimes I get to save property, but I do it all with a lot of passion. And after an incident that might require long hours and dangerous situations, I and my team get to go back to our “day jobs” and occupations.
For now I will stop here, because I could write pages and pages about my experiences as a firefighter and what that means to me.
TO CONTINUE READING MATIAS' STORY, PLEASE OPEN THE ATTACHMENT.
As always, thank you for your donations and your support! They are helping change the future for our students.
From Graduation to Her First Job: A Dream Come True for Maria Angela
VISIONAR scholar Maria Angela is another outstanding example of ambition, hard work, and making things happen. Last May, Maria Angela graduated from UCES with a degree in Accounting, and less than two weeks later, she was hired as an accountant by one of San Francisco’s local firms. When she tells us about it, her excitement is palpable, and so is her determination:
“I was afraid I would not find a job right away,” Angela shared with us. “But my job search started months before I got my degree: I would get up in the morning as if I was going to work, and worked at it: updating my resume, taking additional courses, searching for jobs online, sending resumes to accounting firms. Finally I ran into an accounting firm that I had not heard about, and left them my resume. They called me for an interview and days after I was offered the job.”
Given Argentina’s struggling economy, with inflation tracking at 30%, and unemployment between 9 and 10%, young people sometimes lose hope, and opt not to go to college. Jobs may be few, especially for young graduates, but that is even more reason to focus on getting an education, and to search for opportunities with tenacity. Maria Angela is a clear example of that, and yet another success story that we are so proud to share with all our donors and supporters.
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