I heard that phrase a lot during my internship with Partners of the Americas’ Program Development unit last fall in Washington, D.C., but did not fully understand it. I immediately saw that the internship would not be mundane; I got to experience all of the inner workings of the NGO with days as exciting as a full time employee.
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Argentina was not prepared for the strong impact generated by U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit. Like every president, he has successes and failures, both domestically and internationally. However it is impossible not to think of him as one of the best prepared men on earth to carry out a process of dialogue and understanding with any other political party.
It was in 1964, during a time of heightened tensions between the U.S. and Cuba, that Partners of the Americas (Partners) was born. As part of President Kennedy’s Alliance for Progress, local community organizations – Partners chapters – emerged in countries across Latin America and the Caribbean, and in the majority of the 50 United States.
Paraguay’s Ministry of Labor has established Feb. 26 as “National Formal Labor Day,” with the goal to ensure that workers’ rights are met, and to transmit the message that decent working conditions are a crucial step in the path to social and economic development for businesspeople, citizens, and all linked to the country’s economy.
As an ode to the United Nations dubbing 2016 the International Year of the Pulses, we are highlighting recipes containing beans in our cooking demonstrations. Pulses provide protein, complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. Like other plant-based foods, pulses contain no cholesterol and little fat or sodium. Below are two of our favorite pulses recipes, from Haiti to your home.
As someone who is a teacher of my native language and a student of a second language, I have learned that being in contact with native speakers is crucial to improve one’s secondary language skills. Below are my three most important reasons why.
Me llamo Andrea, soy oficial de campo para el programa F2F en Guatemala. En unos pocos meses más cumpliré mi segundo año trabajando para Partners dentro del programa. El tiempo se ha pasado rápidamente y en el proceso he aprendido muchas cosas nuevas, cada tema es diferente para cada asignación y cada asignación es una nueva oportunidad de crecimiento personal e intelectual.
“I am not playing with her - she is too small, she can’t run, and doesn’t talk to me!” one EducaFuturo participant shouted. “He only talks to his friends and just because I look different he doesn’t talk to me,” responded another.
From the lifelong friends you'll make to the innumerable job and life skills you'll gain, there are endless reasons to pack your bags for a semester (or more) and discover a new country and culture. Here are our top nine.
Have you considered growing your own garden, but don’t think you have the space? Square-foot gardens are a useful way for city-dwellers and suburbanites alike to grow fresh, organic vegetables on a budget. Partners’ F2F volunteer Arlen Albrecht recently traveled to Guatemala to train urban and rural community members in building square-foot gardens, contributing to their household nutrition and food security. And today, we’re sharing his instructions with you.
What does every person across the globe have in common, aside from our species classification as Homo sapiens? You guessed it – we are all vulnerable to climate change!
Volunteering abroad is a great way to explore the world while also making a positive impact on local communities, allowing you to immerse yourself with the local people and cultures, learn a new language, and gain a real understanding of the issues at hand. But first, there are many things to know before jumping on an airplane.
Aaron Gorenc, International Activities and Education Abroad Manager at Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) in Appleton, WI, is passionate about students having the opportunity to study abroad. In high school, Gorenc participated in two study abroad exchanges to Germany, and as an undergraduate he studied abroad in Switzerland. Gorenc’s experiences led him to be passionate about the imperative role study abroad plays in a person’s education. “From early on, I wanted to talk with students about how and why a study abroad experience is necessary in the global economy we are in,” Gorenc said.
I first visited Panamá in 1989 to see my Salvadoran aunt who had started her family there. However, I first experienced Panamá in 1979 as a child in Orange County, California through the loving and inspiring late Panamanian Archbishop Tomás Clavel. Clavel had been exiled to Los Angeles in the 1970’s after a change in the Panamanian government, where he spent his remaining years uplifting countless people, including my own family.
Since 1960, the United Nations dubs each year a new topic that deserves international awareness or appreciation. In 2015 we celebrated the International Year of Soils, and this year, the United Nations has declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses!
Last summer, Colorado-Minas Gerais Partners launched “Improve Your English,” a teacher exchange program for English teaches in Colorado and Brazil. Improve Your English initially brought four Brazilian middle school English teachers to Greeley, CO, where they lived with homestays and took classes at a local community college. This past summer, it was Colorado's turn to send one American English teacher to Diamantina, Brazil. The chapter had just the candidate.
“Farmer-to-Farmer puts a face on U.S. foreign assistance,” the Honorable Douglas Bereuter, former Member of Congress and Farmer-to-Farmer founder, remarked to the room of staff and volunteers who had gathered to celebrate the program’s 30th Anniversary in Washington D.C on Dec. 3.
What a week for climate and energy!
We at the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) Senior Fellows Program have been anticipating the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris (COP21) all year. As you may know, world leaders, decision-makers, businesses, and activists have gathered in Paris for COP21, running from November 30 – December 11. The event has been the subject of high media scrutiny, as a select group decides the future of our planet for the rest of us.
Happy International Volunteer Day to all volunteers! If you are a volunteer, take today to celebrate yourself as the world recognizes your selfless contributions and expertise. Here at Partners of the Americas, we know our work is solely made possible because of their efforts. You are what make change possible. We THANK YOU endlessly!