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Jóvenes Adelante German Volunteers Spread the Work of JA

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By Don Krim

So begins a blog post at Jovenes Adelante’s website, one of several fruits of a tree planted last summer when two German employees of Salesforce contacted Jóvenes Adelante (JA) about volunteering for a week.

When Franziska and Marlene sat with Kate Greenaway and me, Franziska shared her study abroad experience at La Universidad de las Américas-Puebla (UDLAP) in Cholula.

“During my semester at UDLAP, I visited San Miguel de Allende once before for a day trip. Only those few hours back then left such a lasting impression that I decided I need to come back someday for a longer period. Today, after finishing my master’s degree in international management that started at UDLAP, I work at Salesforce, a multinational company in the IT industry. Salesforce offers every employee the opportunity to support an organization of their choice for one week each year, and so the idea was born to take this opportunity to return to San Miguel de Allende for a bit longer than during my previous visit. My friend and colleague Marlene and I looked for potential organizations in México and that way we found Jóvenes Adelante. The thought of contributing to empowering other young people to study at a university like I had the opportunity to in 2016—there just couldn’t have been a better cause to support.”

Then a third coworker (and now JA volunteer) at Salesforce Germany joined in.

“Thank you, Franziska, for your kind introduction and for collaborating with this initiative in my country,” this third volunteer, Teresa, shares. “I was born in Toluca but grew up in Monterrey, where my family moved when I was seven years old and where I lived until seven years ago, when I moved to Bristol, UK, and one year after to Berlin.

“I come from a challenging start but always had people who helped me to get opportunities and to keep the hope that things could get better…That’s the reason for having this need to give back and to maybe inspire others to pursue their dreams. When Franziska mentioned that she was doing this volunteering, I got so excited, and I’m here to help with anything.  Please let me know if I should start with translations or anything at the moment while I get inspiration for my blog post.”

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