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!
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An assistant professor at the University of Illinois traveled to Nicaragua last month as a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer. Based on his experience, he made a number of recommendations to help improve livestock practices and increase efficiency.
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.
Partners of the Americas is pleased to announce that it will be launching the Colombian University Tour on Peacebuilding Education in February 2017.
"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."
"Products from Haiti face steep competition from cheap American and Latin American imports. My clients, Anatraf and Makouti are working to change that. They offer training and through a co-op, pool resources to allow small producers to bring products to market. Their goal is for Haitian farmers to evolve from subsistence farmers to entrepreneurs."
"Recently, the meat goat industry in Haiti has experienced significant advancement. Farmers and hosts have easier access to supplies including fencing wire, veterinary medicines and supplies, and feeds, and the number of goat farmers and goat inventories have increased."
"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."
As we at Partners reflect on the year we’ve had, and anticipate 2017, we are grateful to be surrounded by such inclusive, open-minded staff, chapter members, volunteers, and program participants. During a time when the Western Hemisphere is divided by politics and ignorance, Partners brings people together, and builds care and mutual understanding.
"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."
The holiday season makes us acutely aware of the distance between ourselves and the people, places, and routines that we’re familiar with. There are several things you can do to help pull yourself out of the funk. Here are five tips that we hope help bring a little cheer to you during your holidays away from home.
El primer Retiro de Liderazgo Juvenil organizado por Partners of the Americas se llevó a cabo durante el 30 de octubre – 1 de noviembre. Juntos con el apoyo de nuestros capítulos en Jalisco, Wyoming, Texas, Washington, DC entro otros al igual que el apoyo del Instituto Jalisciense de la Juventud tuvimos la oportunidad de convocar a más de 70 jóvenes y ponentes de 9 países para una experiencia transformadora enfocada en la formación de liderazgo y emprendimiento social a través de talleres, experiencias culturales únicas, actividades de formación de equipo, networking y más.
The data presented at this year’s Open Doors briefing serves as a testament to the efforts of Partners’ 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund to increase cultural exchanges across the Western Hemisphere such as the advances in creating or expanding study abroad opportunities in Colombia and Cuba.
“The topic of child labor is a multi-dimensional one that requires a comprehensive approach for its prevention and elimination,” Peña began at a panel discussing best practices in combating child labor at Partners' recent convention.
Despite the overwhelming consensus in the benefits of study abroad, numerous challenges exist in the execution and participation in programs, both for students and higher education institutions.
A quién en algún momento no le pasó por la mente el poder tener la oportunidad de conocer otras culturas, de visitar otros países y saber muchas cosas de otros lugares que sólo había leído en los libros?
Partners of the Americas has been implementing our Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program in Latin America and the Caribbean for over 25 years, making it one of our longest-running programs in the history of our organization.
During my time at Partners I had the honor to help create and expand initiatives including the Youth Ambassadors program, the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, and the 2nd World Summit for Youth Volunteering, among many others.
See photos from our 2016 Convention, 100,000 Strong in the Americas Capacity Building Workshop, and Partners-iEARN Bilingualism Workshop.