Pequeño studying electricity returns from internship program more skilled than ever!
March 2, 2012 - Honduras
It’s always nice to have someone around who can fix broken things. It’s even nicer when the person loves doing it. In fact, when asked what he does in his free time, sixteen-year-old Edís replied, “I like to fix things; I never get bored doing this.”
Edís is one of the many students who just have returned from práctica, a two-month internship in Tegucigalpa where pequeños get real-life experience working with established companies and businesses in their area of study. Edís worked with an electronics restoration business called Magilop. There, he got to partake in his favorite pastime: repairing all types of electronics. From microwaves, to televisions, to fans, to blenders, Edís was always kept busy with a surplus of apparatuses in need of a good tune-up.
Edís repairs a clothing iron with a smile on his face.
Edís, who came to NPH in 2005, has studied electricity for three years, although he says it has always interested him. In his hogar (the home in which he lives on the Ranch), Edís is often defaulted as the house repairman. He has fixed countless personal electronics for his guardians and peers, and even once converted a cell phone battery to power a radio when his friends wanted to listen to music.
Although he’s able to fix many devices here on the Ranch, Edís often lacks the proper tools to repair everything. This is one reason why his experience with práctica was so great—he had all he needed right at his fingertips.
Every day from 7am to 5pm Edís worked under experienced engineers who supplied him with all the necessary knowledge and equipment to do his job. But don’t think they held his hand the whole time; Edís often worked by himself, something he greatly enjoys. “I liked that they trusted me,” Edís says, “They let me do my own work because they knew I was capable of doing it alone.”
While doing his práctica, Edís stayed with his dad, brother and sister at their house in Tegucigalpa. He loved spending this quality time with his family.
Edís is now finished with práctica and back in class, where he continues to study and work with electronics. Next year he will begin his year of service on the Ranch. Ideally, Edís would like to work with the maintenance team, where he can use his knowledge, skill, and passion to make sure everything here runs smoothly.
After his year of service, Edís will attend high school. “I’d love to go to a technical high school in Tegucigalpa where I can keep studying electricity,” Edís says. He has aspirations to attend college as well, although he’s not exactly sure yet which specific track he would like to take. He does know, however, what it is he likes to do now to pass the time—something everyone around him seems to benefit from as well.
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