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PartnersCampus EAFIT Chapter Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

Leading the way by example and commitment is PartnersCampus EAFIT, who celebrated their fifth anniversary with Partners The event featured a variety of activities centered on the pillars of the PartnersCampus student chapters: community leadership, civic engagement and volunteerism and professional development. Over 100 youth participated in dynamic leadership activities with a social, cultural and international focus.

Celebrating Independence Day and 50 Years of the Paraguay-Kansas Bilateral Relationship

US Embassy officials in Paraguay, Partners of the Americas staff, members of Comité Paraguay Kansas, Paraguay Kansas chapter and other distinguished guests came together on June 28 at the US Embassy in Asunción to commemorate the 242nd anniversary of the independence of the United States and the 50th anniversary of the Paraguay-Kansas bilateral relationship.

Colorado State University-Pueblo Students Learn About Ecotourism in Baja California Sur

From camping overnight on Espiritu Santo Island in the Sea of Cortez to kayaking, surfing, and snorkeling with sea lions at Los Cerritos Beach, the students of Colorado State University-Pueblo (CSU Pueblo) certainly managed to fit in their fair share of adventures during their spring 2018 semester. This opportunity was made possible by a grant from the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund.

Our Efforts Towards Reducing Child Labor in Latin America

Today is World Day Against Child Labor. Learn about how our three projects - Colombia Avanza, EducaFuturo and Paraguay Okakuaa, are working towards eliminating child labor in all its forms.

 
 

Must Include Volcanoes: Introducing, Yogi Super Foods

With his silver-streaked beard and fashion scarf, seated in Sukhasana (a yoga meditation pose), Marco Barbi may seem like an unlikely candidate to help kickstart the Guatemalan economy. For starters he is Italian, married to a French astrologist and is himself the author of several personal growth books. He arrived to Guatemala via Mexico over a decade ago, and choose to make the outskirts of Antigua his home.

 
 

Advancing the Business Development and Sales of Fabretto Youth Centers in Nicaragua

As part of this F2F assignment, Mr. Ndi visited and led trainings at several of Fabretto’ youth centers in Managua as well as in northern town of San Jose de Cusmapa. At these centers, he delivered a series of youth-focused workshops meant to train Fabretto staff, tutors, and students on various aspects of merchandising and e-marking for small agricultural enterprises.​​

 
 

Desafiar los estereotipos cara a cara / Challenging Stereotypes Face to Face

Uno de los aspectos más destacados de mi experiencia fue la oportunidad que tuve de conocer a la delegación de jóvenes embajadores (JE) de Colombia y Venezuela 2017.​ /  One of the main highlights of my experience was the opportunity I had to meet the 2017 Colombian and Venezuelan delegation of Youth Ambassadors (YAs).​

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.

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!

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.

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