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Tennessee-Dominican Linkages in Higher Education and Small Business Development

Partners-sponsored trips help build strong relationships between Latin American nations and states in the U.S. In June, Galen Hull, a member of our Tennessee Partners chapter traveled to the Dominican Republic to forge university and trade connections with Tennessee.

U.S. Youth Ambassadors Reflect on Exchange to Colombia

Last month, ten high school students from across the U.S. were selected to represent their peers in Colombia based on academic achievements, displayed leadership qualities, and community involvement. They ventured first to Washington, D.C. for a pre-workshop, and then abroad, where they were immersed in a new culture and surroundings. Here, two Youth Ambassadors recount their experiences that forever changed them, and brought them one step closer to becoming global citizens.

Colorado Chapter Hosts Program for English Teachers

Alcides Hermes Thereza Jr. lives with his wife and three children in Goiás, Brazil where he trains English teachers at the local state university. In July, however, he traded his regular life for a month in Colorado, which he spent living with host families, taking rigorous coursework, and immersing himself in American culture. 

Zen Naturals Launches Skincare Products at Whole Foods, Affirming Commitment to Ethical Manufacturing and Fair Trade in Colombia

Colombia-based natural skincare company Zen Naturals sources its ingredients from the Department of Cauca, one of the regions most affected by the country’s prolonged armed conflict. Through ethical manufacturing and fair trade practices, the company has taken a leadership role in re-investing in the Paez indigenous communities that grow the quinoa used in their products.

$1.2M Awarded to Higher Ed Institutions to Expand Student Exchanges Globally

It’s been a busy month for us at Partners of the Americas as we have had the pleasure of announcing the winners of 38 grants, totalling $1.2 million dollars. The winners were higher education institutions located across 7 continents, 27 countries, and 24 U.S. states. (Next time, Antarctica!).

ESPN Builds Sport Court in São Paulo, in Partnership with Vencer Program

The community of São Remo celebrates the donation of a new safe space to play sports. Built by community volunteers and ESPN employees, the new court will be the home of sustainable programs teaching young people employability skills through sports, thanks to our Vencer program along with other local partners.

2017 U.S. Youth Ambassadors Selected for Trip to Colombia

Through Partners of the Americas’ Youth Ambassadors program, we aim to strengthen mutual understanding, awareness, and cooperation between the people of the United States and Colombia.

A través del programa de Jóvenes Embajadores, Partners of the Americas aspira a fortalecer la comprensión mutua, la conciencia y la cooperación entre los Estados Unidos y Colombia.​

Two Burleson’s in Nicaragua

Partners’ Farmer-to-Farmer program recently sent Connie and Wayne Burleson on an assignment to Nicaragua. Connie provided training to school teachers on crop management, harvesting methods, and composting, while Wayne provided training to local organizations on the use of rotational cattle grazing practices with electric fences.

Ceremonia de Lanzamiento Iniciativa MAIES Colombia

Teniendo en cuenta el compromiso de las IES colombianas con los procesos de internacionalización de la educación superior, reflejados en programas como la RCI de ASCUN, el proceso de transformación social y económico por el cual atraviesa Colombia en la actualidad, y el papel fundamental que debe jugar la juventud en dicho proceso transformador y de transición; Partners of the Americas ha liderado la Misión de Apoyo a la Internacionalización de la Educación Superior, MAIES COLOMBIA, dirigida en Colombia por Maralex Martínez y Alberto Castro, en la Dirección de Proyectos de Cooperación.

Student Leaders in Brazil & Panama Volunteer to Empower Marginalized Communities

PartnersCampus Goiânia is the first of our Brazilian student chapters and during its creation, the students thought a lot about what their chapter should focus on. They agreed that their desire was not to change the world, but rather to empower individuals to help themselves. Since then, the chapter has been working with cis and transgender women, refugees, immigrants, and ESL students.

If You Give A Man A Rabbit

Partners' Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer Abe Fisher urges malnourished Haitians to consider rabbit as a sustainable source of protein and income. Abe, a career network engineer and a hobby rabbit farmer from Pennsylvania, recently returned from 2 weeks in Haiti in which he exchanged best practices around rabbit breeding.

Uruguay Hosts International Quad Rugby Tournament

For quadriplegic individuals, quad rugby is an opportunity to play a sport in which wheelchairs are the norm. Three years ago Los Criollos was formed in Uruguay and this past month they brought an international quad rugby tournament to their country for the first time, with support from Fundación A Ganar.

Innovation in Green Tech via Study Abroad

Overworked, over-caffeinated, and with little opportunity to fit elective courses in their schedules, students studying STEM might not seem like a good fit for study abroad programs. As a result of this assumption, STEM students have been historically underrepresented among students who choose to travel abroad. 

Top 5 Places to Visit in Medellín

From elegant plazas to breathtaking tram rides, Medellín, Colombia is brimming with things to do and places to explore. Partners is holding our 2017 What Works! Conference in Medellín this September  14, 15, 16 and we’re looking forward to the experience that Colombia’s second largest city has to offer!

17-Year-Old Gains Leadership Skills and Second Family through Youth Ambassadors Program

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. 

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