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Partners of the Americas: 2017 Snapshot

2017 was another big year at Partners. In this post, we share a highlight month-by-month of our impact across the hemisphere, from agriculture and youth exchanges to higher education. Check it out!

Farmer-to-Farmer 2017: Year at a Glance

A look back at the past year of accomplishments from our Farmer-to-Farmer program which connects volunteers from the U.S. with farmers, cooperatives, and other institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Jasson Albernaz: A Pioneer for Change

A little bit goes a long way with Jasson Albernaz. Despite having minimal resources, Jasson Albernaz has changed the lives of hundreds of children in his community in Cochabamba, Bolivia with just “love, time, and the will to go out and do good.”

 
 
 
 
 

Rhode Island and Colombian Institutions Team Up to Build Affordable Prosthetics

Laura Parra, a University of Rhode Island (URI) senior, always wanted to return to her home country of Colombia to give back to the community in some way. Never did she imagine she would be able to fulfill her dream so early in her career and through such an amazing project. ​

 
 
 

Why do you volunteer?

What do you love about volunteering?​ For Luz Adriana Restrepo, “volunteering with Partners taught me the spirit of giving, no matter where you are from…the warmth, the human quality, and the spirit of service is contagious and inspiring.” ​

 

The Power of People-to-People Exchange

When people from different backgrounds connect, it presents an opportunity to be immersed in a new culture, learn a new language and exchange ideas. These relationships often lead to enduring partnerships based on mutual understanding, respect and shared interest.

Millennials are Coming

El capítulo de Cochabamba Bolivia, mediante el Sub-comité de Educación organizaron un evento llamado ¨Millennials are coming¨ para participar de la semana de acción de fortalecimiento a las comunidades, iniciativa lanzada por el programa de  la red de  jóvenes líderes de las Americas (YLAI).​​

 

Measurable Results and Teacher Mentorship: A Case for Diplomacy

In a final debriefing session, the 2017 Panama Teacher Match group of 20 volunteers reunited in order to give voice to the challenges and successes of their individual six week assignments in Panama.

 
 
 

Open Doors Report 2017 Recap

Yesterday, in celebration of International Education Week #IEW2017, we attended the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Open Doors 2017 briefing at the National Press Club. This year’s Open Doors report shows both improvements and declines in study abroad to and from the United States. Overall, the U.S. saw a 3.4% increase in international students and a 4% increase in U.S. students studying abroad.

Reflections From Our 2017 Youth Ambassadors

The 2017 Colombian and Venezuelan Youth Ambassadors reflect on their time in Washington, D.C., Arkansas and Tennessee where they had the opportunity to engage with local government and civic organizations, build relationships with host families and other youth, visit schools and participate in skills-based workshops that enable and empower them to mobilize their communities towards positive change.

Higher Education Partnership 2017 Recap

What an amazing week in San Miguel de Allende! Our 3-day Higher Education Partnership (HEP) 2017 conference was a huge success! We had over 200 participants from 12 different countries, representing 145 organizations and institutions of higher education across the Western Hemisphere.

Jóvenes Embajadores de 2017 selecionados de Colombia y Venezuela

¡Partners se enorgullece de anunciar los Jóvenes Embajadores 2017 de Colombia y Venezuela! El grupo consta de 20 jóvenes y dos mentores adultos que viajarán a Washington, DC por una semana, y posteriormente pasarán dos semanas en Arkansas o Tennessee. Los jóvenes fueron seleccionados en un concurso abierto para estudiantes de 15 a 17 años de edad que tienen excelentes registros escolares, muestran cualidades de liderazgo y han demostrado interés en mejorar su comunidad local.

2017 Colombian and Venezuelan Youth Ambassadors Selected

Partners is proud to announce the 2017 Youth Ambassadors from Colombia and Venezuela! The group consists of 20 youth and two 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 15-17 who have outstanding school records, display leadership qualities, and have demonstrated interest in improving their local community.

Paraguay Okakuaa apoyando el comercio justo en la producción de azúcar

Financiado por el Departamento de Trabajo de los EE.UU. (USDOL), Paraguay Okakuaa es un proyecto liderado por el Ministerio de Trabajo, Empleo y Seguridad Social (MTESS) de Paraguay, que busca reducir las peores formas de trabajo infantil y mejorar el cumplimiento de las leyes laborales y las condiciones para el trabajo en el Departamento de Guairá, específicamente en los municipios de Borja, Iturbe, Troche, Paso Yobai y Villarrica.

Paraguay Okakuaa Supports Fair Trade Sugar Production

Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), Paraguay Okakuaa is a project led by Paraguay's Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security (MTESS), which seeks to reduce the worst forms of child labor and improve compliance with labor laws and work conditions. Partners of the Americas implements this program and works in the Department of Guairá specifically in the municipalities of Borja, Iturbe, Troche, Paso Yobai and Villarrica.

Sport for Employability Program Expands to Vocational Training Centers in Colombia

We are pleased to have expanded our A Ganar program to Colombia this year, in partnership with Colombia’s National Learning Service SENA and Volunteers Colombia. A Ganar is a sport-for-development program that prepares at-risk teens and young adults to find a job or return to school.

The Journey of the Hero for Raymond in the Panama Teacher Match Program

Raymond Devenney was a participant in the 2017 program, Panama Teacher Match, implemented by Partners of the Americas and funded by the U.S. Embassy in Panama. In this program, Raymond worked for six weeks alongside local English teachers in the public school system of Panama, training and coaching them in different methodologies. This is his story of his experience during the program.

Developing Emergency Medical Response Infrastructure in Mexico

Texas Partners has been an important player in helping universities in Mexico develop the infrastructure for EMT services. They recently held their first bi-national meeting to continue making headway on the project.

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