Friday, July 8, 2011

Luiz's school success

Our Luizinho has completed his first of two semesters of formal technical training to become a certified tour guide in Rio state and beyond.  For the past several months Luis has awakened, Monday through Thursday, at 5:20 a.m. to catch a bus to Rio to sit for five hours of coursework. He has made LOTS of new friends and has demonstrated he has the natural ability to be a leader, a guide, an engaging teacher and a charismatic guide. I’m personally excited to report that he earned an average of 9.0 out of 10 points each for the 10 courses he took. (Said the proud husband.)

All modesty aside, Luiz was voted by his peers to be the class leader/liaison to the course administration; he was cheered as a natural speaker by his colleagues; and credited by his professors as a valuable resource to any agency that will certainly utilize his services.
But we knew all that.
It has been wonderful for me to see Luiz so engaged and excited about this new professional path. He has had a bounce in his step (even at 5:20 a.m.) and I know he is proud to have been recognized by his peers.
The additional fun aside to all of this is that we have enjoyed many, many free tickets and back-stage passes that come from being a desirable tour guide. Lots of venues want you to know about them and work to encourage you to bring your tour guests to their venues.  Thus the free bits for us. Nice. Work it Luiz!

4 comments:

Ray and Gil said...

Jim,

This is great news!
C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S!!!!
Luiz is definitely a fighter, a leader and a winner!
Awesome news!

Ray

Ray and Gil said...

Jim,

Just a question out of curiosity.
Will Luiz became a Rio de Janeiro employee when he graduate as an official Rio tour guide.
Or, will he be certified as an official Rio tour guide and be free to go out and find work at a certain private Venue or institution such as a Museum or whatnot?


Ray

Gina said...

You are beaming with pride, Jim, and I can't blame you, mad props for Luiz - I am not surprised he is seen as a leader by his peers!

Jim said...

Ray - Luiz will be certified by RioTur and able to work independently or for an agency, or for the City/State/Government. Luiz plans to be freelance and work for several agencies, as the opportunities arrise. Fellow students plan to open agencies and are eager to have Luiz's English ability available to their clients.

Thanks Gina.