The La Compañía program is a great opportunity for these kids as it gives them real world experience and something to look forward to after school/college. They enjoy having something to work towards and the chance to earn some spending money for transportation and such. It's also a competition between schools in Peru and internationally, which gives them the opportunity to travel to Argentina and leave Callao for the first time if their company is one of the 20 most successful. I think having an intern supporting this program is necessary to get a step above the competition. I was able to help them get the business off the ground, teach them the basics, and then, when I leave, they will have a 7 week sales period.
I am enjoying my time here and have gotten to see a lot of different regions of Peru on the weekends. Working in this program and getting to know the kids has been really rewarding.