Alvaro is a career-minded Mayatan graduate who is now studying science and agriculture at Zamarano. He is proud of his K-9 education here as well as his university studies at what he considers the best university in Honduras and maybe Central America. "Copán is an agriculturally-based department. Everything depends upon coffee."
Alvaro reports that he had "the best time at Mayatan," where he was part of the third class ever at the school. The class was small and very united, and everyone got a along. He calls this community "a brotherhood between classmates," and he is still in touch with many.
After attending Mayatan, Alvaro went to a bilingual school in Santa Rosa. His teachers there were Honduran, and he says that what he learned about English, he learned at Mayatan. He was the top of his class in English there.
Alvaro's goal is to return to Copán when he is done with his studies. His father works a little bit in coffee, as do many of his friends, and he hopes to one day be a manager of a transnational agricultural company.
As part of his education, Alvaro has done an internship in Tegucigalpa with a major chicken producer. He was in charge of 6,000 chickens, of whom 5,200 lived to term; 800 died, unfortunately, in a heat wave. This difficult internship was also a valuable learning experience. The experience didn't start and end in college, however. Alvaro remembers being inspired by Mayatan teacher Mr. Erik Sporleder, and he credits Mr. Erik with giving him a passion for and a foundation in science.