Colegio San Agustin
International Business Internship Program
Our Life-Changing Project
Class of 2019
My name is Claudia. I’m a high school senior and class vice-president. I take upon challenge to accomplish high academic goals while still keeping a humble personality. Being part of the National Honor Society made me have a stronger vision on how to accomplish the goals I set myself. Besides academic classes, I spend time in outdoor activities and expressing my creativity. I am a big fan of nature and love to share the word on how important it is to take care of it. I want to learn as much as I can while seeing the world! During my time at IBIP, I have learned so much and it has helped me grow as a person. I am pleased to be part of this program and I’m looking forward to being an inspiring view to others my age and working with people from across the globe!
Class of 2019
My name is Kenneth Montalvo, I’m a senior at Colegio San Agustín, Cabo Rojo Puerto Rico. I’m a member of the National Honor Society, where I’ve learned to work as a team and had the opportunity to meet new people. I enjoy exposing myself to new challenges and experiences. I love to go to the beach, play tennis, and spend time with my friends. Being a member of IBIP has helped me grow my communication skills. I’m honored to be part of IBIP and proud to represent my home, Puerto Rico!
Class of 2019
I am Katiria Ronda, currently a high school Senior in Colegio San Agustin, Cabo Rojo. I am part of the girl’s soccer team as captain and also form part of IBIP as the Nigerian Partnership chair. I take challenge in balancing academics with sports and working part time but enjoy it none the less. These roles I’ve played have helped me recognize the potential we each have and how we can truly make an impact in society and peoples lives. I am a firm believer that what you give out into the world you get back, which is why I try to lead with a positive outlook and attitude in life. I love to play soccer and do gymnastics. When I’m not doing that I enjoy spending time with my friends and family out adventuring. I’m very grateful to form part of IBIP where I not only get to help others but where I’ve learned so much from.
Class of 2020
Hi, my name is Amanda Lugo and I am 17 years old. I am a junior in my high school and Vice-President of the National Honor Society. I’m also secretary of my class of 2020 and part of the girl's soccer team here in my school. Outside of school hours I like to exercise, run, rollerskate, paddleboard and kneeboard when I have the chance. In my spare time, I like to study, watch Netflix and go to the beach. I always like helping others and I strongly believe in solidarity, I try to always be involved with what goes around in and out of school. I have really liked how this program has received me in such a lovely way, I believe that this program has helped my initiative, communication and business skills. Besides IBIP helping me, it's been a pleasure helping our assigned projects and it has all been for a good cause.I am very honored to be a part of the International Business Internship Program!
Our Business Partner: Gardening
Business Owner: Musa Kawu
Business Location: GRA Anguwan Shugaba. Gun I Village – Bauchi State
Story of the Business
Leadership Initiatives and the International Business Internship Program have allowed Musa to expand his business and achieve greater financial independence. Musa is currently working with students in the International Business Internship Program to develop new gardening designs, expand his advertising, and learn new financial management methods.
About the Owner: Musa Kawu
After struggling to find employment, Musa found an apprenticeship with a landscaper in 2004. Though he did not intend to work there for long, Musa soon developed a passion for gardening and demonstrated great commitment to his work. Musa then found a position with the Bauchi Cosmopolitan Cleaners, where he expanded his skill in landscaping and completed hundreds of jobs over the eight years he worked there. However, Musa wanted more independence. Using all the money he saved up while working, Musa opened his own gardening business in Bauchi, Nigeria.
He has been able to finance their education from the gardening work he has done so far. One of the interesting story about Musa is that, when he married his wife, she wasn’t in school but promised himself that one day his wife will go to school even though he doesn’t have the opportunity to further his own education. Musa said marriage shouldn’t stop peoples dream. With his Gardening business Musa was able to finance his wife’s school fees. His wife now has a diploma in Education. Musa’s dream is to make his community a beautiful place to look at and live in at the most affordable price.
Mr. Kawu did not have any way to promote his gardening business other than the kind word from his clients. We took upon challenge for Musa’s company to have great advertising. With the help of Leadership Initiatives, we presented different logo ideas that would later be printed on flyers and business cards with his phone number and other useful information. As a result, Musa will have an amazing way to promote his work to new potential clients.
Since the business is mostly hosted my Musa himself, he did not have a healthy work schedule. To combat this problem, we created an efficient and comfortable schedule where he will achieve maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort or expense.
Other than the hands-on work, a gardening business’ most important factor is the diversity in flowers. When we met Musa, he was absolutely thrilled to hear about the new flowers we could have be part of his business. He is very passionate about his work, so we made sure to achieve this by finding ways to deliver beautiful plants and new tools to diversify the flowers and make a difference in what he currently has to offer.