What is the Ruta Quetzal BBVA?
Ruta Quetzal BBVA is an “enlightening" and “scientific” journey of initiation in which culture and adventure come together. Thanks to this initiative, over the past 22 years nearly 8,000 young people from Europe, the Americas and countries such as Morocco, Equatorial Guinea, the Philippines and China have had the opportunity to discover the human, geographic and historical dimensions of other cultures.
But the Ruta Quetzal BBVA is above all a formative experience in which those taking part besides gaining knowledge, stand to develop a spirit of international cooperation upon which they can then build a new and more genuine set of values.
From the Darién Forest to Carlos V's Europe
The 255 youngsters from 55 different countries taking part in the Ruta Quetzal BBVA 2013 will travel to Panamá. The journey will also take participants to visit Belgium and different regions of Spain.
Every year, the Spanish Embassy select the student who will represent the United Kingdom in this marvellous adventure. The grant, valued at £10,000, covers all expenses except the trip from the UK and the necessary medical reports.
María Czepiel, from King Edwards VI High School for Girls, will be the student representing the United Kingdom in the Ruta Quetzal 2013, after she won the competition with 19 other students who had been previously nominated by their schools’ Spanish Departments and had been selected on the basis of their knowledge of Spanish, their interest for sport and their involvement in the community.
The final stage of the selection process took place on December 7th, 2012 at the Instituto Cervantes, where the 20 candidates underwent a series of tests in a warm and friendly atmosphere. María Czepiel will travel to Panamá, Belgium and Spain representing the UK. The second prize was for Georgia Bayres, from King's Ely School: Georgia will enjoy a trip to Spain, all expenses included, courtesy of TOURSPAIN and the autonomous region of Castilla León; the rest of finalists were awarded with sport accesories from Panama Jack, Christmas hampers form "Hispania Life and Food" y other presents.