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Nicaragua

Hedwig and Robert Samuel Foundation

New prospects in Managua

Nicaragua, geographically impressing and known as the “land of lakes and volcanoes“ is at the same time one of the poorest countries in Latin America. This is partly due to its economy, which mainly depends on agriculture. In part this is also a result of the long years of civil war which brought all life in Nicaragua to a complete halt. When the war ended in 1990, the task at hand was to create new opportunities, especially for the country’s youth. The Samuel Foundation took part in this challenging task Nicaragua’s society faced and created the basis for a high quality vocational training which would open the doors to a better future for young Nicaraguans.

For more than 25 years, the Samuel Foundation has been training 250 young women and men in the capital city of Managua each year and today offers four technical and administrative careers: Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology, Car Mechanics, Accounting Assistance, and Administrative Assistance.

Modern Training Centre

The modern training centre of the Samuel Foundation in Managua extends over an area of 12.000 m² and is divided into seven classrooms, two computer labs, three workshops, an administrative building, and a cafeteria. Samuel trainers and students benefit from state-of-the-art equipment to which long-time company partners contribute.

Integral Focus

The training has a duration of 19 months in all four careers. Students take part in a 16 month full-time training with a strong practical focus, and subsequently complete a three-month apprenticeship which allows for the possibility of a future full-time employment. The high percentage of graduates in full-time positions – even in times of economic crisis – shows just how successful and renowned the Samuel training is in Nicaragua. Much of this has to do with the integral nature of the training, which not only benefits the young women and men on a professional but also on a personal level: In addition to the theoretical and practical classes in their chosen trade, Samuel students are taught English language and IT skills and undergo a personal development training. This way they graduate from the Foundation as strong and confident individuals, who are highly motivated to start their careers and shape their own future.

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