Spending the summer in Barranquilla?
¡Hola AMIGOS! My name is Steffany Vizcaino, but you can call me Steff. I am more than honored and thrilled to be working with you as your Project Director this summer on the Colombia Project in my wonderful hometown of Barranquilla! The city is known as the Golden Gate of Colombia due to its contributions as a pioneer in the aviation industry in Latin America. Barranquilla is also recognized as the country’s main industrial and port district and, most importantly, for its multicultural legacy and festivities!
A little bit about myself: I studied International Business with Double Degree at École Supérieure de Commerce et de Management in France, with focus on International Trade and Foreign Trade Policy, mainly related to emerging and developing countries. I’m also passionate about learning different languages such as: English, French, Portuguese and a little bit of Japanese.
Also, I am an advocate for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), actively working to support the rights of quality education, gender equality, social entrepreneurship, civic commitment of young people, environmental sustainability, and the empowerment of communities through collective action.
My first AMIGOS experience was as a National Supervisor, back in 2013 when it started out as a pilot program in Barranquilla, Colombia. Since then, I’ve been amazed by the life-changing and unique opportunities only AMIGOS can give you as a participant. It will change the way you see the world and how you can truly become a changemaker by working alongside young people from local communities in youth-led projects, by immersing yourself in another language & culture, by taking real action on social challenges and most importantly, by making amigos for life.
Barranquilla, also well- known for its particular nicknames “Curramba La Bella” or “La Arenosa” will be your home in the upcoming summer. That’s why we can not wait to get to know you more and to finally show you our amazing city full of surroundings, stories, music, costeño culture, and also the warmth of its people that you will get to experience soon.
The only advice I can give you now is to always be open-minded and even though your time in Colombia may be short, always remember to make the most of the time to have fun, to think outside the box, and to make long lasting friendships throughout this whole process, because you only get to live this unique experience once.
Did I also mention I am kind of obsessed with taking pictures? So be prepared if my lens catches you!.
Have a safe flight and wishing you all the best until our chevere adventure begins. ¡Un abrazo grande y nos vemos muy pronto!
Want to apply for the Barranquilla, Colombia project? The final deadline is May 1st. Apply now!
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