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NGO in Guatemala breaking the Cycle of Poverty through Education

In Guatemala, only 10% of students graduate high school. That's why we created the Further Education Programme, which provides School of Hope graduates with the opportunity to continue their studies by giving them a scholarship to move on to higher education, from high school through to university.

While scholarships support students financially, our Further Education Team supports them emotionally and academically. We ensure students don’t drop out of further education courses by motivating them in workshop sessions and giving them vocational guidance and career advice. We also encourage the development of leadership and life skills in our students and assist them in finding work placement opportunities.

The Programme

Vocational Guidance

Vocational guidance is very much necessary for our middle school students, teenagers who are rarely aware of their abilities and interests in a particular field of study. School of Hope students in their last year take tests, attend lectures and even visit universities to be better prepared to decide what they will study the following year. They also meet with professionals who tell them about their jobs and answer any questions they might have.
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Student Performance

Our students often need a lot of emotional and psychological support, since they have to overcome a lot of obstacles in their lives, both financially and personally. Alcoholism, neglect, violence, and many other social issues are often part of their everyday reality, and that of course affects their academic performance. The Further Education Team makes sure to check how things are going with teachers, parents, and students, giving them encouragement and psychological assistance when necessary. They even do house visits if the situation at home becomes a serious problem for the student.
Life Skills Workshops

Low self-esteem is a common problem among our students, usually because of their socio-economic status or the issues they have to deal with at home. Life Skills workshops are essential to motivate students, teach them about good decision-making, improve their self-esteem, encourage them to become leaders, and focus on their personal development. This includes workshops with horses conducted by Lead-Up International.
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Work Placement 

Students attend workshops once a month to learn about the job market. They receive training on creating a CV, looking for work online, how to prepare and act during a job interview and good work ethics and practices. EFTC also organizes trips to job fairs where students can learn more about employment opportunities, leave their CVs and even have job interviews. Tours to local companies are organized every month to acquaint students with the sort of work available and the working environment.
further education work placement

We run Entrepeneurship workshops once a month to provide students with the necessary tools and encouragement to start their own businesses so that they can become self-employed and financially independent. This has resulted in some students starting their own business, like José Angel who opened his own internet café, or Guadalupe, who became an Avon salesperson and later a supervisor.
entrepeneurship workshop further education

Our Students' Stories

Melvin scholarship student medicine

Melvin AlbertoMedicine student in university

Melvin Alberto is 20 years old and in his second year of Medicine at a prestigious university in Guatemala City. Melvin had dreamed of becoming a doctor since he was five years old. He joined the School of Hope in 5th grade, after his mother's separation, which left the family facing financial problems. Later came his high school graduation and a very difficult process to get into Med School. "I want to be a doctor and I'm not going to give up," he says, with a soft but determined look in his face.

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Cesia-Nohemy.JPG Cesia Nohemy Business Administration student in university

 In 2016 Cesia Nohemy became our first university graduate!  Cesia is incredibly responsible, and very much focused on succeeding professionally. She wants to pursue a Masters in Business. Her dream is to start her own business selling cosmetics and women's clothing.
Jose Angel further education student José Angel Business Administration student in university

José Angel joined the Foundation when his father died, leaving behind his mother and three children. The financial situation at home became very unstable and he wasn’t sure if he’d be able to continue studying but he finally joined the School of Hope during middle school.
"I was determined to go on to university, I'm always trying to learn new things! My dream is to become a businessman to be able to help my family, my community and the country’s economy."
Karla Rubi - Law student in university
Karla Rubi is 22 years old, and is in her 1st year at university. Her mother works cleaning a medical clinic to support Karla and her 8 siblings all by herself.
“I want to study law because I could help people of different backgrounds, specially those who need it the most, even if they can't afford it. It’s important for me to continue studying because I can create a better future for myself and those around me.”
Carlos-Donaldo.JPG Carlos Donaldo Educational Administration student in University

Carlos Donaldo has already finished his technical degree in education. but this second degree will allow him to work in administration within schools and learning institutes. He currently works as a primary school teacher. When he was around 11, his mother left to work in the US, and he stayed with his grandmother. Shortly after, she asked us for help, so he was invited to live in our Safehouse. After living there for a while, he moved in with his older sister and started paying the rent. He's incredibly perserverant, independent, and works hard to accomplish whatever he sets his mind to.
María Guadalupe -  Psychology student in university

Mari Guadalupe is 22 years old, and is in her 1st year of university. Her mother passed away at the beginning of 2016 and she had to receive extra support from EFTC. Since then, she has brought her grades back up, while taking care of her family. She lives with her husband and works during the week so that she can attend classes and take care of her younger siblings during the weekend. 
My biggest dream is to graduate from university as a psychologist so I can come back to the School of Hope and be the students’ psychologist there to help all the students who come after me.
Marvin - Architecture student in university
Marvin is 22 years old, and is in his 1st year at university. He lives with his grandparents, aunt and uncle, as his mother stopped supporting him at a young age. Responsible and hard-working, he spends much of his free time tutoring our other students.
EFTC is like a family that supports me and encourages me to keep moving forward. My dream is to leave something behind and provide people with support that they don’t have, just like EFTC is doing for me. I would like to help my country so that there are more opportunities to study and so that I can feel proud that the support they gave me wasn’t wasted.”

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