Students help quake victims smile again

L-R: Carolina Salinas, International Placement Officer at Aston Business School, Emma Saint-Genies, Priya Mattu, Rufus Henneken and Samuel Dorie Bates

Four undergraduate students from ABS, currently on placement in Chile, have been going the extra mile to help bring back smiles and wipe the tears of victims of the recent Chilean earthquake.

The students – Samuel Dorie Bates, Priya Mattu, Emma Saint-Genies and Rufus Henneken – are studying International Business and Modern Languages (IBML) with Spanish and are currently on a year-long internship at accountancy firm PriceWaterhouse Coopers in Chile.

The students are among several volunteers who signed up to help as part of an opportunity provided to PwC Chile employees by a local charity, Un Techo para Chile, in collaboration with Amnesty International Chile. Their work involved providing food and building shelters for the homeless using bricks and wood and, in general, offering support, good company and a helping hand when needed.

Samuel Bates said “The bond I created with the people most affected by the earthquake is something I will always remember.” Samuel hopes to go into international relations on completing his degree.

Emma Saint-Genies described her experience as “enriching”. She said: “I helped support a grandmother who had lost almost everything. Yet, she was so welcoming and expressed her gratitude by cooking for us. It was truly touching.”

Priya Mattu commented: "Despite the fact that the victims we helped had very little left, they still offered us all food and shelter which was very humbling.” Priya hopes to one day work for a multinational company.

Words by Dhiren Katwa.

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