Student Spotlight: Franky

Meet Franky, our super dedicated and kind 14 years old LLI student, from zone S. For past four years, Franky has been a regular fixture at LLI classes, and is extremely dedicated to improving his English. Other kids sure do listen to him when Franky tells them to behave in the class. But mostly he just leads by example; a great role model for the rest of the zone S kids! While initially the LLI teachers motivated him to study, it’s a different story now. A self-motivated and disciplined personality that he is, Franky now attends Reading, English and Chess classes at the LLI and loves spending time with the teachers. English essay and the chess contests are his favorite because they help him get better. When asked why he works so hard at English, Franky says, “When I’m older I can travel outside of Peru to other places and understand people.” A Chef or an English Translator, the career choice is a bit of a tug of war for Franky because he loves to cook as well as speak English!

Though he secretly wishes to control the four elements like the Avatar, Franky’s real superpower is with his chess pieces; the kid controls the game like a pro!


LLI Teen Spotlight: Johnny

Meet our 16 years old high school student, Johnny. As punctual as he is, John attends the LLI Teen Center four days a week, and loves the English class and the movie nights.

He hearts LLI because here he learns English pronunciation and Grammar in a fun and spontaneous way. Apart from attending classes, Johnny spends a good bit of time reading books at the LLI library for the teens. “It’s fantastic because I can find books that are specifically for teens and their needs as students.”

When asked about his family, Johnny says, “Well, they are fun. My father is a serious person, but very wise. My mother is very happy and nice to everyone. My brother, he is responsible and fun to be around.” When asked about himself, “While I can be lazy and impatient, but most of the times I think I am punctual, respectful and honest.” If you ask us, we’d say that he is just a balanced and hard-working teenager who aspires to become a veterinarian and holds great admiration for his mom. “My mom is a fighter and is so strong. She’s a teacher, and wishes to study at the LLI and travel the world.

LLI Teen Student: Johnny

LLI Teen Student: Johnny

Women’s Program: Jewelry Workshop

This month the Women’s Program introduced a new workshop series of “bisuteria” or jewelry made of beads and wire.  Betto, a Peruvian professional jewelry maker, taught the women how to meticulously twist wire to create earrings, necklaces and bracelets. One of the best parts of the workshop occurred when a couple daughters stopped by to model their moms’ creations!

Women's Jewelry Workshop at LLI

Women’s Jewelry Workshop at LLI


LLI Teen Student Highlight: Mery

Meet Mery, our 15 year old Teen student from Zone D. She has been coming to the LLI for quite a while now. When Mery was around 10 years old, she started with the LLI with a little motivation from her mom, aunt and Lara, and stayed for a year. Upon turning fourteen she returned and started in our teen English program.

A typical day for Mery involves school, homework, cooking for her family, attending classes at the LLI, and playing with her dogs. On weekends she helps her family by selling sweets on the main street in Huaycan.

Teen Student Mery at the LLI

Teen Student Mery at the LLI

Mery comes over at the Teen Center three to four days a week. She appreciates the affection and the help she receives here with English and other things, including school homework. Meeting new people, reading books, playing with other students, and participating in English classes are her favorite activities at the Teen Center.

“At the Center, we have time for ourselves to do things that are out of the ordinary and different from our regular routines,” She says. “The books and the computers are so helpful with the homework.” As an avid reader, her favorite genres are politics, romance, philosophy, humanities and poetry.

About her future plans after the school, she says, “I still haven’t decided because I don’t have the economic funds yet, but I’m considering accounting or marketing because there is always high demand for those jobs.”

Mery says that she’s a happy supportive, friendly and respectful teen and holds deep affection for her family. “My family is responsible, friendly, and we’re all strong people. We like to excel in things and extend a hand when others are in a difficult spot.”

Additionally, Mery serves as the Secretary to our Teen Leadership committee for Teens Without Limits. Mery is bright, incredibly friendly and very dedicated–we love having her in our programs!