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Retired English Teacher Travels to Brazil with Colorado-Minas Gerais Partners

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.

Happy 30th Anniversary Farmer-to-Farmer!

“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.

ECPA to Paris – What COP21 Could Mean for Latin America

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.

Why Volunteering in Education Matters

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!

The Fight for Peace Story

Jamie Rocha, Director of Sport Strategy at GlideSlope, served as a mentor during a Partners of the Americas Sport for Community (S4C) program to several Brazilian emerging leaders in the sport for development field. In September 2015 she traveled to Rio de Janeiro through Partners' S4C program to work one on one with emerging leader Gabi Pinheiro and her organization, Luta Pela Paz (Fight for Peace). What follows are some of her reflections from the trip.

The word “miraculous” gets thrown around rather casually in sports, whether it’s for a difficult catch in an NFL end zone, or a dramatic three-point buzzer beater that wins an NBA playoff game. But sometimes real miracles are accomplished through sports, with little fanfare, in out-of-the-way places, and with outsized benefits that should get just as much attention but dont.

Partners Strengthens Coffee Cooperatives in Haiti

Between plant disease, pests, and changing weather, farmers face more than enough challenges related to growing, harvesting and producing their crops. Once the crop has been collected, there is another set of problems for farmers to address in order for them to sell their goods-ones that require a whole host of management skills that many small farmers lack.

Youth Ambassadors Empowers the Next Generation to Change Lives

It has been very rewarding for me to have supported the Youth Ambassadors Program as a Coordinator in 2014 and 2015. Rewarding, not only because I've had contact with youth who participated in the program and traveled, but because the program is a great means for young people, who see the Youth Ambassadors Program as an opportunity to dream and think that dreams can come true if they take initiative, focus on their performance, and serve in their communities. The program recognizes that all young people are talented and wants to give them opportunities to travel, share their culture, improve their English, and to attend American schools, opening their minds to a new world. It also wants to help them in building their capacity as community leaders through training workshops on leadership skills and development projects, which are carried out in Washington and reinforced with visits to social projects across the U.S.

This Year Partners is Thankful for...You!

Happy Thanksgiving from Partners of the Americas! As the holiday season gets underway, Partners wants you know how thankful we are for the key role you play in this community. Whether it be volunteering your time and expertise, spreading the word about Partners to your communities, or the countless other ways people contribute to Partners, our work is possible because of the people involved.

Gilda Returns to Minnesota

The President-elect of Uruguay-Minnesota Partners traveled from Uruguay in September to spend two packed weeks working with chapter counterparts in both Oregon and Minnesota.

Mother Leaders Bring Nutrition and Healthcare to Haiti

Partners’ Haiti Nutrition Security Program (Haiti NSP) began educating women and families about healthcare in some of the most poverty-stricken areas in Haiti in 2013. Haiti NSP’s Senior Technical Advisor, Dr. Altrena Mukuria, presented her findings for the role Care Groups play in exposing Haitians to nutrition and healthcare information at this year’s annual American Public Health Association (APHA) Conference on November 3, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.

6 Ways Teaching English Abroad Will Change Your Life

Living abroad is a life-changing experience, comparable to none. You will be immersed in a new culture, testing your limitations, and expanding your knowledge. One of the best ways to invest in yourself while living abroad is through teaching English. Not only will you be learning immensely about yourself and your potential, you will also be changing the lives of the students you teach. Below are 6 ways teaching abroad will change your life.

#WorldFoodDay

On October 16, people around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate hunger, fighting for the basic human right to food. While the world produces enough food to feed every person on the planet, one in nine people live with chronic hunger.

5 Reasons Why I Loved #WhatWorks2015

Just a few weeks ago our Oregon Partners, led by our Chairman of the Board, Karen Graham, hosted a dynamite conference that brought together over 120 people representing 34 Partners Chapters and 6 community organizations. This event was truly one of the highlights of my career at Partners and a landmark moment in our ability to connect and share effective practices across our network.  

Past Partners Legislative Fellow Changes the Future for Disabled Women in Haiti

Doudly Elius was visiting America from Haiti during his Partners of the Americas Legislative Fellow program in 2013 when he developed a motor disability. “I struggled a lot to walk, to climb stairs, or even to raise myself up from a chair,” Elius said. Still, New Jersey, where he was stationed, was well-equipped to support his needs.

Past Kellogg Fellow Awarded MacArthur Fellowship

Alex Truesdell, founder of Adaptive Design Association, was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship early this week. The award, commonly known as the “genius award,” grants Truesdell $625,000 to advance her organization’s work.  The grant is paid over five years and unlike other grants, there are no strings attached. There are no guidelines and no progress reports expected. It is purely meant to inspire creativity and mobility.

Empowering Women in Coffee

This blog is reposted from Partners of the Americas' Farmer-to-Farmer blog.

Women in Haiti play a valuable and important role in the country’s coffee sector. They are actively involved in the production, export and selling of coffee, but having minimal access to land, credit, training, and leaderships positions due to gender-based inequities limits their economic opportunities. 

Including It All: Exploring Accessibility in Diamantina

Dr. Ana Palla-Kane is a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Maryland. Dr. Palla-Kane works with teachers in the development of strategies to make physical activity programs accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Through Partners’ Sport for Community program, she served as mentor to Dr. Priscila Lopes, an emerging leader in Brazil who works at the Federal University of the Jequitinhonha and Mucuri Valleys.

Arriving in Diamantina, Brazil, was an adventure. The historic city in the state of Minas Gerais is about four and half hours by car from the state capital of Belo Horizonte. Roads with beautiful views and landscapes took us to the heart of Brazilian history, where a gorgeous June sunset greeted us.

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