St. Augustine High School
International Business Internship Program
Our Life-Changing Project
Class of 2019
Hello! My name is Montserrat Gutierrez, I am a senior at St. Augustine High School, and I am the Team Lead for my IBIP Team!
I am an active participant in my school community, and enjoy dancing ballet! I am Secretary of the Student Council, Project Manager for the National Honor Society, and a member of the Principal’s Advisory Committee! I’ve been dancing for 16 years, and have enjoyed every moment of it! In addition, I am a volunteer at a shelter home in Nuevo Laredo, Tamps., Mexico. I visit the girls every two weeks and prepare different activities for them that will help them develop strong core values.
Being part of an IBIP Team is an incredible honor since it grants future leaders the opportunity to start helping change lives! After attending the Law & Trial Summit over the summer with Leadership Initiatives, I was introduced to what an IBIP Team was, and immediately decided to apply for an IBIP team for my school. The idea of helping Nigeria business owners find solutions to their problems, and help their family through that, is truly amazing. I believe this internship will help me develop my leadership skills, while giving me the opportunity to start changing the world one person at a time!
Class of 2019
My name is Cati Romo and I am the Nigeria Chair for International Business Internship Partners. I am a senior at St. Augustine High School.
I consider an active member of my community. I am currently Captain of my school's Varsity Volleyball team and President of our Principal's Advisory Committee. I am also Parliamentarian for St. Augustine's Model UN club in which we travel to conferences around Texas and learn more about our world issues and how to solve them through debate. Additionally, I am our school's Student Council treasurer. Throughout the school year, I participate in local and statewide UIL and TAPPS math competitions. On Sundays, I serve as a Eucharistic Minister for Christ Church Episcopal. I also work as a tutor for two second and third grade boys and help them do homework and study for tests.
When my friend Montserrat Gutierrez introduced me to the idea and mission of IBIP, I was intrigued. I wanted to learn more about how high school students could help businesses in other countries. Because I want to pursue a career in actuarial science after college, I felt that having experience in a business internship would be a great asset. Furthermore, I am excited to work with my fellow classmates on solutions to real-life business problems.
Class of 2020
My name is Gustavo I. Alcantar and I am the US Special Projects Manager. I am currently a Junior (11th Grade) at St. Augustine High School.
I believe I bring some strong improvisation skills and communication knowledge to the team. I know what it is like to manage several projects and responsibilities at once. Improvisation is a useful talent to my team as I believe any major project always brings with it a certain degree of pressure that requires some adaptability to adjust to the situation. I also have confidence in my ability to communicate with others, whether it be through public speaking, establishing connections/relationships, or written/email correspondence. I additionally have positions in the Student Council, Journalism, Model UN, Interact, and Robotics clubs at my school as well as having the honor to serve as the President of the National Honor Society of St. Augustine High School.
IBIP was, when first known to me, a mysterious program that nevertheless drew my attention. I quickly learned that it was excellent program that not only taught its participants about being comfortable doing something outside the norm, but also let its members experience management responsibility cultural awareness. I hope to learn immensely from IBIP and additionally establish connections that reach across oceans.
Class of 2019
Hello, my name is Sarajane Smith and I am IBIP’s Media Chair! Currently I am a Senior (12th Grade) at St. Augustine Catholic High School and will be graduating next May, 2019.
I am a very involved and spirited student here at St. Augustine, participating in athletics ranging from Volleyball to Cheerleading, and clubs such as National Honor Society and Knights & Interact. I’m the Girl’s Varsity Basketball Captain, as well as the Undersecretary General of Model U. N. On the weekends, I spend my time volunteering at my local animal shelter, or assisting in campus beautification. I serve as a leader in many clubs and sports here at my school, and I hope my leadership skills and charisma will be beneficiary to this IBIP team!
When the opportunity to join IBIP arose, I jumped at the chance to be part of this incredible team. I did not know much about what we would be doing, however the unknown intrigued me. I am excited to have joined forces with my spectacular teammates, and classmates. I know we will do all that we are capable of as high school students to help with this foreign business, and I am thrilled to get to work!
Class of 2019
My name is Valeria Castañeda. I am currently a senior in St. Augustine High School and I serve as the College Assistance Chair In IBIP.
I am an active black belt in Karate and I regularly teach classes to younger children. I have done karate since I was 10 years old and it has been one of my biggest passions ever since. Aside from athletics I am also extremely involved in school activities. I am the historian for National Honor Society and participate in other clubs such as: Student council, Knights Interact, Beautification Club, and Model United Nations.
As a member in IBIP, I hope to gain a tremendous amount of insight as to how to run a business. I would also like to gain a better understanding as to how differently each culture manages their own businesses and what I can do to help.
Class of 2019
I am Andre Barjau the Fundraising Chair for our IBIP chapter at St. Augustine High School.
I am the President of our school’s Student Council, Past President and Vice President of our Rotary Sponsored Interact Club, and Secretary General of our Model UN. I see myself as a leader and enjoy being involved in different campus activities. Throughout my tenure as President of the Interact Club I learned to embody its motto “Service Above Self” and strive to reflect it in my other leadership roles as well.
Similarly, I hope that this internship opportunity will allow me to explore my interest in Business while at the same time serving the community that our Nigerian partner provides services to. I am looking forward to learning about his business and how he makes a difference in his community. Hopefully, our insight can provide him the tools he needs to succeed and better the lives of many.
Our Business Partner: Fish Farming
Business Owner: Shehu Gagare
Business Location: GRA Anguwan Shugaba. Firo, Tun Village, Yali Ward. Gajuwa LGA – Bauchi State
Story of the Business
After partnering with Leadership Initiatives’ International Business Internship Program, Shehu now runs the largest fish farm in his village. His success has allowed him to be a leader in his community, create new jobs, and feed the region. Shehu is now working with International Business Internship Program (IBIP) teams to learn how to treat chlorine in the water, treat newly hatched fish to reduce their mortality rate, increase dissolved oxygen levels in the tanks, improve the growth rate of the fish, and locally produce fish feeds for his farm.
About the Owner: Shehu Gagare
Shehu Gagare grew up near the Gubi Dam, where many members of his community fished to feed themselves and their family. When Shehu was 15 years old, he met a team of Chinese construction workers who were hired to repair the dam. They taught Shehu how to hatch and farm fish, sparking Shehu to get a job at a fish farm. There, he learned the skills and gained the experience necessary to run a successful fish farm, as well as saved enough money to purchase 1,000 fish hatchlings required to start his own business. In 2017, Shehu opened his own farm in Tun Village, Bauchi State, Nigeria.
Three other employees currently work at Shehu’s fish farm. Shehu not only creates jobs for his community but is also a major source of food for the Bauchi area. The farm has a capacity of between 6,000 – 8,000 fish per harvest, as well as an indoor hatchery with approximately 30,000 – 50,000 fingerlings. Shehu is also married with 7 children who attend school using the profits from the fish farm. Shehu and his business currently directly benefit 14 people in his wider community.