for the First Time with Ecuador News
From Ecuador News
By Francisca Mollenhauer
Being a woman, and having pure Ecuadorian blood running through her veins,
Carol Jara confesses herself to be responsible and strong. “But I am
also sensible, meticulous, and perfectionist, which makes me consul.” This
explains her new position as the first Consul of the Ecuadorian Consulate in
New York. Jara talks about how, after a divorce, she decided to leave her country,
her family and friends to face this new task: to promote the image of, and
encourage tourism to the country of the “Middle of the world” throughout
the tri-state area.
Although it is noon and she has gotten up, as always, at 5 o’clock in
the morning, and on top of that she has a cold, Carol Jara looks resplendent.
She takes in what is said, showing it in the expression of her face. She is
radiant, sparkling and a bit nervous, she passes to the interview chair rather
uncomfortably, but little by little begins to open up.
This is the first time I have been interviewed,” she confessed with a
nervous voice. Since she arrived in the United States three weeks ago, she
has not yet installed herself in the permanent office, and has not yet had
any time to find a place to live.
Nevertheless, she said that this post has been the opportunity of a lifetime.
She is not specialized in tourism and worked 8 years in the Department of Exterior
Commerce for the Bank of Quito. She was very excited by the idea of taking
on a new position. It was the President of Ecuador, Lucio Gutierrez, who called
her personally and proposed to make her in charge of the tourist and commercial
promotion of Ecuador in the tri-state area.
He chose me because he has a lot of admiration for my professional career.
I speak English, German and Italian. I manage the whole area of exports and
imports of Ecuador very well, and while I was in my last year of studying,
I worked as a tour guide,” affirmed Jara.
Tourist and Commercial Ties with the United States
Jara believed that it is not necessary for one to dedicate oneself to studying
a specific career in order to develop professionally. Even better, she assured
that with strength and consistency, she will manage to increase the tourist
and commercial ties with the country “of the middle of the world.”
My idea is to create diverse fairs and expositions where Ecuadorian companies
come to show their diverse products. In this way, the image of Ecuador will
be better understood by New Yorkers and will make various things known from
the participation of important American businesses. For example, we are big
granola producers but do not export at all. Here, the Americans eat granola
all the time and it is central to their breakfasts,” Jara said.
Also, she added that “One doesn’t do things from the night to the
morning. Recently I have become accustomed to the interiorized place in the
administrative offices of the consulate. My colleagues have acted very nice
with me especially the Colonel Molina, Consul General. I am content to be here
and if they give me the opportunity, I will be able to apply all my ideas.”
But it is not all happiness. The emotional cost for the first consul in taking
this position is high. On the one hand, she will have to live in the United
States for four years, far from her family and friends. “I have a little
sister of nine years and she is my eyes. It hurts me to not be able to be there
while she grows up. She slept with me. I made a lot out of little. Since I
arrived, I have called her every day,” added Jara.
Nevertheless, the lovely single woman confessed that thanks to her recent divorce,
she wanted to start a new life. “Thank God I don’t have children
and I'm still young. Also, who could reject such an offer, to work in the service
of the Ecuadorian exterior, where you can promote Ecuador in all its areas
and help a lot of people. If I have to leave everything behind for my country,
I do it proudly, and I would do it again a thousand times,” Carol Jara
affirmed with tenacity. A pretty Ecuadorian girl, well intentioned that she
wants to make changes and more to put into practice all of the knowledge acquired
in her past professional life. Welcome to New York.
Translated from Spanish by Charlotte Triggs.
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