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Trang Nguyen, Vietnam, ESOL Integrated Skills III

I miss my country, where I was born and spent my sweet childhood. From the bottom of my heart, I wish for lots of positive and new changes in Vietnam related to the economy, human rights and benefits, education, health care and the infrastructure. Changing the transportation system is the most urgent thing I want to see in my country.

Martha Perez Soto, Colombia, Integrated Skills III

I would like to see many changes in my country, but the most important change is the right to education for the poor children.  In my country Colombia, people who are poor or live in the countryside do not have the opportunity to get a good education. Hundreds of poor children want to go to school, but they cannot go to school because their parents do not have enough money to support them.

Lorena Castellanos, El Salvador, ESOL Integrated Skills III

Anyone who lives in El Salvador can agree with me if I say that many urgent changes need to be done. Wealthy people, though, think the opposite, because most of them are the ones who have been taking most of the money my country makes. The changes I would like to see in El Salvador are from different fields, but all work together to build a better country.

Andrea Solis, Venezuela, ESOL Integrated Skills III

Living in Venezuela isn’t an easy thing. The government doesn’t worry about the population. There is a lot of violence in the streets. We can’t find essential things like food. The youth is growing up with a deficient education. But definitely the worst is that the population doesn’t do anything to change that. Therefore, I think a big change in our society sounds like an impossible thing but I’m so sure that it is. That’s why the principal change that I would like to see in my country is the way in that our people think, because definitely our main problem is social.

Brayanth Negrin, Venezuela, ESOL Integrated Skills III

Optimists think that there are negative vibrations when they hear the bad news in Venezuela about the violation of human rights, violence and disrespect to the neighbors. There is a belief that in Venezuela everything was lost. Everything seems to be impossible in Venezuela. Now I will give you, the people of Venezuela, some guidelines for change. If you want a change, do not pray, do not ask, but be part of the change yourself with actions, thoughts and feelings as the creators of the change. The quality of your thoughts and feelings will determine the type of change that comes.

Marisol Vives, Venezuela, ESOL Integrated Skills III

One of the great problems in Venezuela is its economic depression. “Great Venezuela economic depression” refers to the deterioration that began to be noticed in the main macroeconomic indicators, and whose consequences have extended in time to the present. The beginning of the economic crisis brought about the explosion of different factors: the financial crisis, lack of food and medicines, closure of private companies, inflation (for individuals and companies); and finally the increase in unemployment, which resulted in the emergence of social movements.

Vasti Tapia, Mexico, ESOL Writing IV

Education makes us better people and allows us to acquire new skills. It is the first step towards progress. Unfortunately, the educational system in Mexico does not provide opportunities for all, and there is a big problem with student protests.

Francisco Rodriguez, Mexico, ESOL Writing IV

The education system in Mexico provides many opportunities so people can excel in life. However, it is important to modify the education system because there are a lot of discrepancies between the private and public education. To address the discrepancies, it is advisable to focus on education programs for young children between 2 and 6 years. Additionally, the government should dedicate more resources because it is vital for the intellectual growth of children, who, in the future, can improve their own country. Mexico has an extraordinary challenge to create a functional kindergarten program. To accomplish this, kindergarten programs need to extend operation hours, offer bilingual programs, and make the cost more affordable.

Isabel Ferrufino, El Salvador, ESOL Writing IV

El Salvador is recognized for many things, such as tourism, beautiful landscapes, beaches, volcanoes, and handicrafts. It is well known for the famous traditional food called pupusas. Additionally, El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America, but it has a large population. However, not everything is perfect in this beautiful country. There is something that people undoubtedly would like to change in order to be able to live without fear because of gang violence.

Thao N. Le, Vietnam, ESOL Writing IV

My country, Vietnam, is a small country in Southeast Asia with 3000km of beautiful beaches. Vietnamese people are very nice and friendly, with a smile always on their faces. Although my country is wonderful, it still has some social and economic issues that we should change in order to help people to have better lives. The most important thing that I would like to change in my country is the transportation system because it will increase safety and economic development.