My last week in Samaipata was very intense, because we carried on non-formal education activities in different classes of two different schools in Samaipata. The objective of these activities was to get students involved in our project by telling them about our experience, explaining what we did for a month in Bolivia and the information we got through our research.

We played some games and this way we could get some information about their future, what they are going to do after they graduate, the university they want to choose, and whether they want to live in the city or in the country.

We found out there is no vocational orientation in schools, and that students would really need it since they feel very confused about their future decisions. It was very difficult to talk with them because they weren’t used to talk about their feelings, thoughts and emotions at all.

We also found out that many kids want to move to the city because they want to continue their studies in a university, find a good job and a good salary. Some of them want to live in the city and some of them plan to come back to Samaipata after getting a degree. According to them, the problem in Samaipata is that it’s hard to find a good job.

During these activities with the students, we submitted them a questionnaire asking them what they would like to change in Samaipata in order to remain there and not to move to the city. They answered: some careers, more technical careers, cultural activities, sport centers, an improved hospital, more job opportunities.

We got to the end of the week showing our research to Samaipata’s Town Hall. We were very happy because a lot of people working in the City Hall was very interested in doing something to improve the situation in education. We would really like to keep working in the future in order to develop more activities for the young population of Samaipata.

 

Irene