Gabriel is a 13 year old boy in the second year of our practicante program, where teenagers receive a high school scholarship in exchange for shadowing and helping out each staff member. He is friendly and outgoing, passionate about futbol, and is not afraid to dream big.
Through this program, he can have a chance to learn about all the professions at Casita as he works alongside the teachers, maintenance staff, administrators and fundraising staff. Alongside the 12 other teenagers in the program, he is learning everything from working on an Excel sheet, to taking care of chickens, to producing a short documentary.
Gabriel lives with his mother, his older brother, his older sister, and his twin brother, Angel Rafael. You may remember the duo from our Bean Boozled video.
We could tell you more about what it means to be a practicante, but we’d rather you hear it directly from the source:
Casita Copán: Tell us a a little bit about yourself.
Angel Gabriel: My full name is Angel Gabriel [last names]. I am 13 years old and I am in eigth grade. I started as a practicante at Casita about a year ago.
CC: What does it mean to you to be a practicante?
AG: It means to work to earn a scholarship. You have to smarten up, to work here but to also work hard in school. To always try to do our best.
♦You have to smarten up,
to work here but to also work hard in school.♦
CC: What is your favorite part of it?
AG: To help the kids, to play with them, to help them. Going on field trips.
CC: Is there anything you don’t like about being a practicante?
AG: Some of the little kids misbehave sometimes.
CC: What do you want to be when you grow up?
AG: A professional soccer player. My dream was to be a doctor, but not anymore because now I realize you’re supposed to study for 8 years to do that. I wouldn’t get to spend too much time with my family, I’d just be studying, and spending way too much money.
CC: When you were younger, did you think you were gonna go to high school?
AG: I always knew I was going to go to highschool. I had a 89% percent average in elementary school.
♦I think a lot about my future. Whether it will be good, bad…it depends.♦
CC: What is your family like?
AG: They’re very chill. We eat together every Sunday. Usually soup, that’s what you eat on Sunday. But sometimes chicken, or meat. But usually it’s soup.
CC: Do you have any pets?
AG: Yes, I have a dog named Max. He is very playful, he loves people. But at night he barks a lot!
CC: What makes you laugh?
AG: When we play and someone falls, that makes me laugh. Or when we are just joking around and everything is funny, and someone tells a joke.
CC: What is something that really makes you think?
AG: I think a lot about my future. Whether it will be good, bad…it depends. I also think about studying to work in a bank, or as a secretary or accountant. Or even better, a hotel receptionist!
CC: If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
AG: Cristiano Ronaldo, or the whole Real Madrid soccer club. Maradona, Pele, Paul Walker or Vin Diesel or The Rock or a luchador called Gran Calí. The bald guy from Rambo. And Ramón Maya Amador.
CC: What do you like to do in your free time?
AG: I like to exercise when it is PE or something like that. I like everything that is physical.
♦I have learned that there are many important jobs, and to be a good worker you need to set goals.♦
CC: What is your favorite subject in school?
AG: Technology and Social Studies. I don’t really like Science. I like English too.
CC: Where do you see yourself in five years?
AG: In another country, like Spain or England. I want to do a job where I travel a lot, like with Trotamundos!
CC: What have you learned as a practicante?
AG: I have learned that there are many important jobs, and to be a good worker you need to set goals. I want to get along better with the kids. I’ve also learned how to organize notebooks, order checks, make photocopies, and do some accounting work.
CC: What would you tell other kids that want to be practicantes?
AG: To smarten up! High school is expensive every year and even elementary school gets expensive after a while. It’s too expensive to repeat grades.
You can help kids like Gabriel to smarten up! Donate today to help a teenager in Copán Ruinas achieve their goals!