Service-learning experience in Jinotega Nicaragua to mentor and teach local youth, in a intercultural exchange and community devp. mission
Daniel Martinez is 17 years old and was born in Medellin, Colombia. He is a junior in high school at the John D. O’Bryant School for Mathematics and Sciences in Boston, Massachusetts. Daniel moved to the U.S. when he was 13 years old in 2008. He has taken advantage of the opportunities in the U.S. and is doing his best for a bright future. Daniel graduated from GP in July 2011 after travelling in Nicaragua during the summer of 2010 and has since continued to be a Revolutionaryas he interned with GP as a youth intern during the summer of 2011 in Batey 8, Dominican Republic. In December 2010, Daniel won $1000 from Ashoka’s Youth Venture for co-founding a social enterprise during the third phase of GP, called Les Manos United. In April 2010, Daniel won $5000 from The ArtScience Prize for a water hygiene project that he would develop while in the Dominican Republic with GP during this past summer 2011.
Daniel dreams of being a professional and getting a good living, but he would also like to be a very educated person that is known for his knowledge and also for his ways to use and benefit his community. He wants to “make real” his personal satisfaction. He would be satisfied by helping people around him be a role model and try to find the best ways to get their lives in a good way for success.
Although Daniel characterizes himself to be a person interested in helping his community and as well its citizens, he also wishes to complete his studies in order to become a professional person. He wishes to focus on engineering as well as technology and hopes to enter in to MIT. In 10 years, he sees himself as a civil engineer or a computer science professional, or any important career that may produce a good living as also personal satisfaction. He thinks that everybody should always look forward and try to accomplish their most desired goals.
Daniel’s family is one of the most important things in his live for which I would die if it is necessary. He is one of those people who thinks that family is the only secure thing that ones has in your life. It is one of those things that is always going to be there for you. As a family lover and a community helper, Daniel believes if I ever have the chance to own the desired amount of 1 million dollars, he would spend that money on my family needs. He would also donate part of that money to a needy community or organization that could take the most advantage of that money.
Apart from what many friends of his describe him as a nerd, Daniel is a fun person. He loves music so much and enjoys listening to rock bands. He likes to sing and play guitar or the drums. Daniel takes music lessons in his neighborhood. He is also an environment lover or a tree huger. He likes to take care of the environment and help to conserve it. Daniel also likes to interact with different cultures and people with different backgrounds. He thinks it is very important to understand and know people from different cultures in order to help them. Daniel would summarize myself as a thoughtful person, who loves his family, culture, art, music and the most important thing to help people in need.