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What to Expect While Volunteering Abroad

Volunteering abroad is a great way to explore the world around you while also making an impact in local communities. It allows you to immerse yourself with the local people and cultures, learn a new language, and gain a real understanding of the issues at hand. When planning for volunteering abroad, there are many things to consider before jumping on an airplane.

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For the Love of Language and Children

In July 2015, 17-year-old Paige Johnson, along with ten other youth from across the U.S., traveled to Colombia for two weeks to participate in the unprecedented State Department-funded U.S Youth Ambassadors program there. During her time in Bogotá and Barranquilla, Johnson’s passion for learning Spanish, volunteering, and working with children grew. And when she returned home, Johnson wanted to share her passion with her community in San Antonio, TX.

Wisconsin Technical College Wins Grant, Will Expand Study Abroad to Colombia

Aaron Gorenc, International Activities and Education Abroad Manager at Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) in Appleton, WI, is passionate about students having the opportunity to study abroad. In high school, Gorenc participated in two study abroad exchanges to Germany, and as an undergraduate he studied abroad in Switzerland. Gorenc’s experiences led him to be passionate about the imperative role study abroad plays in a person’s education. “From early on, I wanted to talk with students about how and why a study abroad experience is necessary in the global economy we are in,” Gorenc said.

Natural Is Better: How Cuba Remains Sustainable Through Agroecology

In December 2015 I traveled to Cuba with members of Partners of the Americas’ Agriculture and Food Security team to learn about the country’s relationship with agroecology, which is defined as “the science of ecology applied to the design, development, and management of agriculture.”

From Los Angeles to Las Cumbres: One Man's Pilgrimage through the Panamanian Culture

I first visited Panamá in 1989 to see my Salvadoran aunt who had started her family there. However, I first experienced Panamá in 1979 as a child in Orange County, California through the loving and inspiring late Panamanian Archbishop Tomás Clavel. Clavel had been exiled to Los Angeles in the 1970’s after a change in the Panamanian government, where he spent his remaining years uplifting countless people, including my own family.

Retired English Teacher Travels to Brazil with Colorado-Minas Gerais Partners

Last summer, Colorado-Minas Gerais Partners launched “Improve Your English,” a teacher exchange program for English teaches in Colorado and Brazil. Improve Your English initially brought four Brazilian middle school English teachers to Greeley, CO, where they lived with homestays and took classes at a local community college. This past summer, it was Colorado's turn to send one American English teacher to Diamantina, Brazil. The chapter had just the candidate.

ECPA to Paris – What COP21 Could Mean for Latin America

What a week for climate and energy!

We at the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) Senior Fellows Program have been anticipating the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris (COP21) all year. As you may know, world leaders, decision-makers, businesses, and activists have gathered in Paris for COP21, running from November 30 – December 11. The event has been the subject of high media scrutiny, as a select group decides the future of our planet for the rest of us.

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