We recently visited with CAEP agriculture alumnus, Gilberto Fonseca Lima. Gilberto was an agriculture trainee not only once, but three times in both Canada and the United States. Gilberto saw how beneficial his experience was the first time that he knew he wanted to do it again to continue his English education and to gain more hands-on experience. Read on to learn more about Gilberto’s life after CAEP!
How did your international agricultural internship prepare you for your career in agriculture?
My international experience put me one step ahead when searching and landing my dream job as a sales promoter for Dow AgroSciences. My English improved greatly during my CAEP experience and that helps me every day to understand many things inside the company since it is a multinational (North American) based company. My CAEP experience was an opportunity for me to learn more about agriculture and agricultural markets on a global scale.
I work directly with large farmers who farm anywhere from 50,000 to 150,000 acres. I assist our clients in the agronomy process to ensure our products are being used as we recommend. I also assist with our experimental fields, herbicides and insecticides testing, and some sales.
Do you keep in touch with any of the connections you made during your CAEP experience?
I keep in touch with the friends I made during both of my experiences in Canada and the US. We share pictures and information about agricultural markets and new technologies, entertainment, and cultural customs. I even went to Canada again a year after I left to be a groomsman in my friend’s wedding. The CAEP experience was an amazing opportunity to grow personally and professionally, and of course, a great opportunity to make good connections and great friends from around the globe.