TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES, ZAMORANO UNIVERSITY, HON
Zamorano educates youth from underprivileged backgrounds to become the leaders of Latin America.
In this episode, the Visionaries travels to Honduras to profile the work of Zamorano University, founded in 1942 by banana magnate Samuel Zemurray. The mission of Zamorano is to educate youth from underprivileged backgrounds to become the leaders of Latin America in agriculture, industry, and the non-profit world - with the goal of transforming their communities, countries and the region. This four-year international university welcomes 1,200 students a year from countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and 75 percent of the student body receives some form of financial assistance. The school uses a combination of academic class work and "learning by doing," with students spending 20 hours a week working in on-campus businesses, laboratories, or outreach projects. Over the course of its 70-year history, Zamorano has played a vital role in the transformation of the agricultural sector and the rural development of the more than 19 countries that its graduates come from.