Amazing opportunity at sea

Four young NPH graduates take up internships on a European cruise-ship
January 1, 2019 - New Zealand

Nothing is impossible!

Four young NPH graduates took off in early December on an incredible opportunity with Mediterranean Shipping Company, embarking on a cruise to Europe as newly appointed employees.

The four trainee seamen from the Dominican Republic NPH family, are taking up the opportunity with the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), as a result of an internship programme arranged in association with NPH.

"I'm a graduate and I'm working. I thank NPH for allowing me to be part of the family. Thanks to them, I am what I am today; if it were not for NPH I do not know where I would be," says Ramirez, one of the four young men.

“At NPH we support each other, we have learned what our values are in life and with our family. I have always said that whoever does not have a purpose and a dream in life, does not really live."

"I feel super grateful, because when I joined NPH, my life changed completely," finishes Anderson.

The mission of NPH is to create a loving and safe family environment through comprehensive programs that provide children, adolescents and youth the opportunity to develop their potential and thus form a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

At NPH, we continuously work on strengthening ties with individuals and companies that want to collaborate in fulfilling our mission. This is the case of the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), which since 2010 has welcomed our family into their hearts. One such contribution has been the internship program, which has led to the employment of several of our children.

A few months ago, MSC decided to undertake an additional challenge. Through the Navy of the Dominican Republic, MSC has facilitated getting four young men of NPH - high school graduates and with technical skills - to embark on a nine month journey on cruise ships of the company, after having completed and approved basic courses of the International Maritime Organization for seafarers.

The boys prepared for this opportunity for seven months. They conducted courses on ship protection, environment, first aid, and personal safety, among others. The young men will be in service for an initial nine-month contract. "We want to do our jobs well in order to get another contract, be promoted and be a good example to our other brothers and sisters," say the boys.

The young men, Anderson, Nicolás, Ramirez and Yendy, are happy and excited but are aware that it will be challenging. It is hard work, and they will be far from home for an entire year.

While it will undoubtedly be a great experience, growing up with NPH has ensured that these four also have reliable backup plans should maritime life prove not to be their long-term future. Nicolás says that he would resume his modern languages classes at university, while Yendy would also go to university to study educational psychology. Ramirez can return to his business selling electronics, and Anderson would save to finish his house and continue studying clinical psychology.

Not only are the future merchant seamen full of excitement and expectations, so are their friends and family at NPH, our staff, and everyone supporting them throughout their lives.

Kimberley Cameron   
Acting Director, NPH New Zealand




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