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.
The percentage of women studying toward a degree or working in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and architecture (STEM+A) remains lower than men in both the United States and Mexico. In the U.S., the percentage of women receiving bachelor’s degrees in each STEM field has decreased over the past decade, The Washington Post reported.
“Today’s epidemic of undereducated and impoverished girls is tomorrow’s crisis of instability and conflict, health, hunger, and avoidable child deaths,” the 2016 U.S. Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls states.
Since its incorporation in 1965, the Tennessee Partners chapter has worked to connect with youth in Latin America through sport and leadership programs. Most recently, they arranged for a baseball team of young men ages 12 and 13 from the Dominican Republic to travel to Lebanon, Tennessee for the town's Babe Ruth baseball tournament.
Nothing is as exciting as the opportunity to travel the world, visit new places, and experience new cultures. For a teacher like me, travel is a great way to connect with professionals and students from different backgrounds, and with different teaching and learning methodologies. When I learned about Partners’ Panama Teacher Match program, I had to apply.
I remember the exact moment when my university’s staff proposed creating a volunteer student group to work hand-in-hand with Partners of the Americas, an international organization in Washington D.C.