Nicaragua: Class of 2011 - meet the graduates of La Bastilla!

As we celebrated our second ever graduation from La Bastilla Technical Agricultural High School this month, I thought it would be great to share with you the profiles of our graduates and what they hope to go on and do after life at the school.


Nelson was our monitor for plants and vegetables this year and was offered a job with La Bastilla Coffee Estates to work in coffee processing and quality control. As it is harvest season and a busy time of year he started work immediately and is already getting to grips with the job! He is also finishing an IT course and hopes to continue studying agriculture part-time at university while he works.      


Yesica won a scholarship to study at the prestigious Zamurano University in Honduras which is a great achievement as the graduates of this university have excellent employment prospects and the quality of the education is extremely high. She will be moving there in January for 4 years to study a degree in Agro-Business.   


Daniel wrote a good final year business plan for lettuce and pepper production and will be working with his father on the family land, producing vegetables as well as coffee. He also plans to continue his studies at university to become an agricultural engineer.



Yuris has a job lined up with a large cooperative CARUNA (Caja Rural Nacional) giving technical assistance to small producers in the countryside. She plans to continue studying English and agriculture. In the future she would like to set up an internet cafe in her village as people currently have to travel to another town to use the internet.      


Fabian comes from an indigenous group, the Misquito, in a remote part of Nicaragua and he is hoping to work on a project in his area with the Ministry of Education. Due to his experience in the school bakery this year he would like to run his own business in the future making and selling bread in his community.   



Wilton was our tourism monitor this year and while at school received extra training in tour guiding and bird watching. He wants to go on and do an English course after graduation, as he hopes to work in tourism in the future. He is also seeking work in hotels.   


Edovio is also from the Misquito community in Rio Coco and he has a job lined up after graduation with MAGFOR (the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry). He will be supervising small producers who have received a grant of seeds and animals from MAGFOR and helping them to make the most out of it.  


Maynor was the monitor in cows this year and gained experience working with cattle and milk production. He plans to study agriculture at the UCATSE university in Estelí and in the future would like to run his own milk producing farm in his community.   


Gregorio is planning to move back to his Misquito community and work as a secondary school teacher. This is really important as there is a severe shortage of qualified teachers in the area and especially teachers who are able to speak both Misquito and Spanish like Gregorio.    



Gema plans to continue her studies in agriculture at the UNA (National Agrarian University) in the capital city. She has written a business plan for an agricultural supplies shop in her community as there are many small producers who currently have to travel to town to buy their products and she hopes to set this up in the future.      


Denis was our monitor in coffee this year and worked with coffee seedlings and plants which we sell to the farm. He plans to continue studying at university to become an agricultural engineer and in the future he would like to work with large-scale coffee production for one of the local export companies.    



Mariluz was our other tourism monitor this year and was especially good at customer service and preparing delicious meals! She wants to go to university to study tourism and hopes to work in a hotel in Jinotega while she studies.  



Saturnino will return home to work with his parents on their land which currently produces maize and beans. He hopes to improve production on their farm with the skills he learned at school and continue studying agriculture part-time at the weekends.  



We will, of course, be keeping in touch with our graduates to see how they progress and to continue to support them in their endeavours. It has been sad to see them leave, but we are so proud of their achievements and know they will go on and have even more successes in the future.


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