Christhian Barrantes

Christian (SJBS Admin) graduated with a degree in Business Administration and two minors in Finance and Theology. Shortly after graduation he started working in the health care/Insurance industry that led him to work from Pharmacies to Medical Billing. Soon Chris developed a passion for travel and Latin American culture. This new passion took him to a backpacking trip throughout Central America, Mexico and South America, not only to discover his heritage but also to understand the region. Chris did not limit his experience to Latin America but also volunteered in Rome, Italy in a free health care clinic for immigrants. Chris is not only focused on culture but also in nature and environment; he volunteered on a Ecological Hotel in Barcelona, Spain where he led the hotel's environmental projects on recycling, and a efficient use of resources. Chris also has more than 5 years of experience on the BPO/Contact Centers industry. As a customer service expert, Chris belonged to the Quality Assurance team where his skills on opportunities identification, feedback, coaching and data mining sharpened up. Chris is very passionate on the development of the Central American region, environment conservation and education and this took him to share his experience with BECA where he knows he can make a difference, for a second year in a row, in the development of the region.

Posted on Thursday, May 4, 2017, 10:17 am EDT

When I decided to come to Honduras and work with BECA, I never imagined how fulfilling this job was. I am still not sure what is my favorite part of it, maybe it is getting to know families, or spending time with full-of-energy kids in a pre-school classroom, or maybe it is the food, culture or the amazing friends I have made here, or maybe is a combination of all of them. The truth is that a job in a school is always an adventure, every day is different, every day you teach something new to somebody new, and every day they teach you back.

As a school administrator I have to be aware of everything that is happening in the school, and I have to make sure that school is running in perfect shape, so teachers can do their amazing job teaching the kids. That means that sometimes I have to run through the school fixing things, talking to parents, making phone calls, disciplining students, and making sure that our community partners feel comfortable working with us. I know it is a lot, but I enjoy every second of it.

I come from a big family (no siblings, but dozens of cousins), and I have a lot of friends back home. I remember my first weeks here I was nervous that I was going to feel alone in a new country, but that was never true. Parents in the community made me feel like home since day one. I enjoy conversations with them, eating baleadas in their houses after school, or just sitting down on their porches drinking one of the best coffees I have ever had.

Now I am preparing myself for my second year with BECA, and I can’t help to feel excited of the new challenges ahead. As a school administrator you have so many projects in your head that you want to do, but time is just a limited resource. I hope another year will give me the time I need to make some of them a reality. I am not ready to leave now, but I will be one day, and I will always treasure every student, every bad day I had, every beautiful sunset, every time I heard a random student yelling “Mister!” during recess or lunch. It really doesn’t matter how much you want to teach them, they will always teach you more.

See what a day in the life of Mr. Chris is like! Follow the link to BECA's Facebook and check out his photo project: