Busy day today! This morning we conducted a series of revision workshops with the students. In addition to helping them prepare their resumes, we also assisted them in drafting a business plan. Many of our students have aspirations to open their own businesses after graduation, and our program is preparing them for that step. The students will give presentations over their business models on Thursday, and The Belize Youth Business Trust will be evaluating them. The top 3 proposals will be receiving a grant to help fund their entrepreneurial vision.
After lunch we took a field trip with the students to a sugar factory here in Orange Walk. Sugar cane is one of the finest resources Belize has to offer, and this is evident in the fact that this factory is the largest business in all of Belize. we climbed to the top of one of the tanks, and were able to see the factory and the jungle below:
It was overall a really neat experience for all of us. After wrapping up business plans and financials with our ITVET students, we spent the evening at a local waterpark. They are normally closed on weeknights, but were generous enough to open the place up for us! We also had dinner there, and it was another excellent bonding experience for our team.
Tomorrow our group will be splitting into two teams: one group will help students prepare their actual presentations for the Youth Business Trust, and the other group will be conducting mock interviews, to give our students a real-life experience of what a job interview will be like. We plan to ask them common questions that could come up in an interview, and provide them with valuable feedback on their responses. Can't wait to get back to work tomorrow!