Joandriz Gonzalez, 17, traveled from her hometown of Caracas, Venezuela to the United States last fall. She was a participant in Partners’ State Department and U.S. Embassy-sponsored Youth Ambassadors (YA) program, which gives high schoolers the opportunity to travel internationally, build and improve leadership skills and develop a commitment to service.
"As I began learning about others’ experiences, I increasingly understood my own. The internship helped me realize areas for personal growth and potential future endeavors."
"One perk of being a Partners chapter member is the opportunity to apply for Travel Grants. Distributed through Partners’ Education and Culture program, Travel Grants fund visits to other Partners chapters throughout the Western Hemisphere to collaborate on areas of mutual interest, including education, art, and student exchanges."
"Our experiences were challenging, but they made us stronger. I learned the history of the United States, Tennessee and Johnson City; I learned about America and its people – how they really are, not the stereotypes that surround them."
Partners is proud announce the 2016 Youth Ambassadors from Colombia and Venezuela! The group consists of 20 youth and three adult mentors who will travel to Washington, D.C. for one week, and subsequently spend two weeks in either Arkansas or Tennessee. The youth were selected in an open competition for students ages 15-18 who have outstanding school records, display leadership qualities and have demonstrated interest in improving their local community.
Lindsay Cox, a rising senior at Binghamton University in Upstate New York, and Jorge Londoño Mejia, a recent graduate of Universidad EAFIT in Medellín, Colombia, are the 2016 winners of the President's Internship Program's (PIP) Community Based Project Proposal Competition, offered through Partners of the Americas.
Thanks to the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Partners of the Americas administered its first global program – Capacity Building Grants for U.S. Undergraduate Study Abroad earlier in 2016.
"We are no longer just designing a piping system; we are helping people get water without a long walk. We are helping them to survive.”
There’s something almost magical about landing in a foreign country. Moments before, you were standing on familiar land, surrounded by a familiar tongue, and dealing with familiar customs. But now, you stand in a forest of unknown—a beautiful forest, but it’s a forest that instills in a certain wonder, nervousness, and excitement you have yet to fully understand how to navigate.
What started as a conversation between two musicians has spurred an ongoing musical exchange between the United States and Uruguay.