BGS Associate Programme Series: Future Leaders Abroad

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The final blog in our #GTBGS series comes from Nicholas, a Future Leader who has cofounded a charity in El Salvador…

At Grant Thornton, I am proud to make a difference every day to help small and mid-sized businesses achieve their growth ambitions. Outside of work, I continue leading an on-going project to expose children from marginalised areas in El Salvador to art, creativity and culture. Just in the same way that the firm is committed to shaping a vibrant economy, I hope to create a new vibrant generation, which can break the enduring cycle of gang violence through care, creativity and compassion from others.

After finishing my undergraduate degree at McGill University, I lived in El Salvador for 6 months to work on a variety of volunteer projects including teaching English to children with cancer and being a mentor to high-potential students. The pinnacle was my time at the Museo MARTE where I realised that whilst the Museum had excellent educational programs, there needed to be an initiative to ensure greater accessibility. Thus, I set up Vamos al Museo, a fund which sponsors the transportation of children across El Salvador to learn about their national culture and engage with art.

I am very proud to say that this has resulted in over 2,000 children to-date being able to visit the museum, who would not have otherwise of had the opportunity. To me, being a Future Leader is not constrained to one area of one’s life. It instead means having a consistent goal to make a positive, life-changing impact in whatever form this may take.

If you would like to find out more about Vamos al Museo, feel free to contact Nicholas on nicholas.lw.opinsky@uk.gt.com

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