Hello! My name is Verónica Chocooj. I was born on July 3, 1996 in the village Copal AA la Esperanza, Cobán Alta Verapaz. My father´s name is José Chocooj and my mother´s name is Juana Quip. I have 4 brothers and 6 sisters including myself.
During my first months of life, I had a complication from an illness. I was hospitalized for five days at the hospital in Ixcan, Playa Grande. My parents took care of me and, thank God, I recovered and since then everything has been fine.
When I turned five I was excited to go to school. I asked my parents to sign me up at the school. My parents didn’t like the idea of me going to school as I was very little and they thought I was not going to like school at all. For that reason, I wasn’t enrolled in school until I was six years old. In 2002, I started pre-kindergarten. I was very excited and happy to go to school, learn, meet my teacher and make new friends.
After I studied pre-kindergarten, I started kindergarten. I learned how to read and write. I was a happy girl going to school. It made me feel very good and I attended my classes every day. I always liked to participate in all the activities and I liked to do my homework. My dream as a child was to be a teacher. I loved playing with my friends and I always wanted to play the role of a teacher.
Currently, I am 25 years old and I am studying at Rafael Landívar University. I am in the 9th semester of a Bachelor’s Degree in Intercultural Bilingual Education In the town of San Juan Chamelco, Alta Verapaz.
I want to tell you that my dream as a child came true because I am a teacher and I teach young people who are in middle school. I am so happy to do something for my community, especially teaching students who are 13 to 16 years old.
In the future, I would like to create a foundation where we can offer occupational areas. I want young men and women to attend my foundation for free so they can explore their minds. I would like to provide activities such as music, painting, theater, agriculture, entrepreneurship, among others.
My idea is to continue supporting our society, especially helping the women, young and old, in my community and surrounding villages. I have observed that there is a problem in my community that many young people don’t have the opportunities to continue with their studies and that makes them spend their time doing inappropriate things.