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Bianca is one of the four Kuska students entering in 2012.  She has been dreaming about studying Marketing  for a while now, and with your help she will be able to enroll in classes in March. Let's give her a hand! 
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Frequently Asked Questions

1.What does "Kuska" mean?

The word "Kuska" means "together" in Quechua, an indigenous language of Peru. Together we can achieve anything!

 

2.Why does Kuska support graduate and technical programs but not undergraduate programs?

We chose to only support students who would like to attend graduate or technical programs (not those who wish to attend undergraduate programs) for several reasons. The first is that an undergraduate education is affordable in Iquitos if the student is able to pass the public university's entrance exam. However, few individuals living in this region are able to obtain a graduate education, and those who do have a significant competitive advantage in obtaining and keeping a job.

In addition, a more specialized education will allow the individual to help his or her community in specific ways immediately upon graduation. For example, a student who secures a masters degree in conservation ecology will be equipped with the knowledge necessary for investigating and educating the public about the effect of deforestation, or preserving an endangered Amazonian species. Similarly, a student who graduates with a technical degree in soldering will be able to quickly find a job that will allow him to provide for his family. We chose to begin in this manner because at present we can only support a small number of students. In the future we hope to be able to include undergraduate programs in our repertoire as well.

 

3.How much does a typical graduate program cost in Iquitos? Tuition costs vary

Depending on the institution, but generally they range from $80 to $120 per month and take 2 to 4 years to complete.

 

4.Where is Iquitos, Peru?

Iquitos is the capital of the Peruvian region of Loreto, which includes the vast majority of the Peruvian Amazon basin. It is the largest city in the world that is not accessible by road! To see Iquitos for yourself, visit:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9_vBW18Jfk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKaXeyt6tuI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4kO8t4HhhQ

 

5.Can more than one person sponsor a student?

Definitely! Kuska is set up so that a student can be supported by as many donors as necessary to make up the cost of his/her tuition. For example, if the tuition is $50/month, one donor can pay all $50, two donors can pay $25 each, five donors can pay $10 each, etc.

 

 

6. What are the criteria for entering into the Kuska program?

1. Demonstrated financial need (including individuals who don't have a job, who's family cannot afford to pay for their education, or those who do not depend on their family members for support).

2. Academic ability (must have graduated from high school and, in the case of individuals who want to pursue a master's degree, must have had above-average scores in college).

3. Must have a defined plan (applicant must already know the institution and curriculum he/she desires to study, and must know what he/she wants to do with awarded degree once he/she graduates).  There will be a preference for students that intend to stay in Iquitos and help the Iquitos community after graduation.

4. Other, which includes punctuality, personal appearance, and communication skills.

Each student is required to submit his/her grades and other forms of evaluation each month. Donors and Kuska staff members will be able to see his/her grades, and donors will be able to decide if they want to continue funding the student based on his/her performance. In the case that the student is removed from the program or the donor decides that he/she no longer wants to sponsor the student, then the donor will have the option of sponsoring a different student with the money that the donor has already contributed to Kuska.

 

7. What are the conditions for removal from the Kuska program? Although we have not had any problems so far and only choose students who are unlikely to fail in their pursuit of a degree, in good faith we must address this possibility. The student will be expected to submit his/her grade transcripts and other forms of evaluation each month. If he/she fails to submit these documents then the student will not be funded for the next month (classes are paid-for on a monthly basis for the majority of academic programs in Iquitos). If he/she fails to submit these documents within 1 month of receiving them then he/she will be removed from the program. Also, if the student fails to attend more than 2 Kuska meetings/information sessions without prior notice then he/she will be removed from the program. If the student fails one or more classes in a month, he or she will be put on academic “probation” for the subsequent month of study, during which the student’s situation will be examined more closely by a member of the Kuska staff. Finally, if the student fails to report to any class without prior notice of need for a leave of absence or demonstration of debilitating illness then he/she will be removed from the program.

 

8. Are the student’s tuition and fees paid directly to the student? All funds will be paid directly to the academic institution by a Kuska staff member. No money will pass through the hands of a Kuska student.

 

 
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