BTE Student Stories

Student Ambassador Santiago Jojoa

Santiago proudly represented his community of Yumbo Colombia as a student ambassador at ABTS 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. While there he collaborated with an international team of students to create “Elephant Toothpaste,” a chemistry-based STEM2D demonstration, and earned a digital badge in Intercultural Fluency. Here’s what he has to say about his time in BTE:

My Favorite BTE memory is…

La amistad. He podido encontrar amigos inimaginables que me hand enseñado mucho. Estos amigos los he encontrado en los momentos BTS donde nos reunimos a aprender a ser Lideres. Por eso lo recuerdo tanto.

My favorite memory of BTE are the friendships I’ve gained.  I have gained friendships that I would not have imagined that have taught me so much.  The friends that I have met in BTE have helped me learn about how to be a leader. I will always remember this.

To me, BTE has meant…

Para mí BTE es una oportunidad, una gran oportunidad para demostrar que puedo hacer y que me gusta. BTE me ayudó ha encontrarme a mi mismo y descubrir cosas nuevos y maravillosos. BTE es una puera, que va abrir muchas más.

For me, BTE is an opportunity, a great opportunity to demonstrate what I like and what I can do.  At the same time, BTE helped me learn and discover new and marvelous things.  BTE is a door to opportunity, that will open many more doors.

The most important thing I will take away from BTE is…

En BTE he aprendido muchas cosas, pero la más importante es creer en mí mismo, para poder compellir todos mis sueños y metas.

The most important thing that I learned in BTE is to believe in myself and that I have the power to achieve all of my dreams and goals.

Thanks to my time in BTE and at ABTS, in the future I will…

Gracias a estos programs, tengo fijo lo que quiero estudiar, y más que nada a convivir con otras personas sin importar sus rasgos, ni sus cultures aprendiendo de ellos gustos cosumbrie para poder encontrar el punta del iceberg y conocer por completo el mundo.

Thanks to these programs, I want to study more, and I have learned that I have to live with other people regardless of their traits and culture and to learn from them—more than just the tip of the Iceberg, but about their whole world.


We are proud to award Santiago a digital badge in Intercultural Fluency at ABTS 2018. He showed improvement in skills allowing one to work with people from other cultures. These are:

  1. Show Curiosity
  2. Recognize and challenge one’s own cultural biases
  3. Appreciate Diverse Perspectives
  4. Demonstrate Self Awareness