Coffee is a beloved beverage in the U.S. It’s hard to turn a corner in most major American cities without encountering the aromas from a nearby Starbucks. But while a majority of Americans consume coffee every day, many give little to no thought to where their coffee actually comes from.
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It’s amazing how life can often come full circle, and my experience as one of the inaugural fellows of Panama Teacher Match proved just this. This past winter, I embarked on a journey to be accepted into Panama Teacher Match, a dynamic new program of teaching English to Spanish-speaking students in Panama. My interest in this program was fueled by two major ideals: my passion for my culture and country (being of Panamanian descent); and my love for my profession of teaching.
While at the Second Hemispheric Workshop on 100,000 Strong in the Americas I participated in a series of “What Works” sessions and listened intently as international educators who had both won or lost in our open competitions shared more about their proposals to increase the flow of students within the hemisphere. What I found striking was the level of intensity and meaning that they gave to the development of the proposals and how important it was to them to win one of these small $25,000 grants.
The Santo Domingo Stars - a baseball team of young men from the Dominican Republic aged 11 to 13 years old - visited Lebanon and Nashville, Tennessee from May 27 to June 1st. While there, the team had the opportunity to play in the Tennessee Baseball Players Association (BPA) tournament.
When Ronald Torreyes was only 14 years old, he set off on a trip he now deems the “opportunity of a lifetime.” It was the first time he left his home country of Venezuela and traveled to the United States, as one of four youth from Venezuela and Nicaragua selected for a U.S. Department of State sports exchange program led by Partners of the Americas.
Being a Youth Ambassador is a life-changing experience. I learned a lot and left motivated to show the world that I am a leader and make a positive impact on society and change peoples’ lives. It’s a big responsibility to represent your country and a great organization – Partners of the Americas. But in the three weeks I spent in DC and Tennessee, I felt like my life stopped and I was living in a dream.
Father’s Day is a chance to celebrate and appreciate all of the dads around the world. This year, Partners is taking a closer look at the fathers involved in our Haiti Nutrition Security Program (NSP).
In Latin America and the Caribbean, an estimated 13 million children are involved in child labor. Many of them come from poor, low-educated families, aren’t enrolled in school and endure dangerous working conditions. Often, they work for their families, whose economic survival depends on the additional income their children bring in.
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When Mateo and Kevin first started attending Espacios Para Crecer (EpC), an after-school program led by Partners of the Americas’ Proyecto EducaFuturo, life changed for their entire family.
Two brothers in a family of 6, Mateo and Kevin grew up in La Dolorosa, Ecuador, a poor, low-educated neighborhood where few opportunities exist for families to find work. Faced with severe economic pressure, families who do manage to secure work often rely on their children to work as well, in order to earn enough for the family to live on.
26-year-old Coach Uses Lessons from Sports-based Exchange in Life and with Team
Vanessa Arauz has blazed a trail of firsts leading up to becoming head coach of Ecuador’s Women’s National Soccer Team.
As a child, she was the only girl on her local soccer teams in Guayaquil, Ecuador. She is the first female soccer coach certified by the Ecuadorian Soccer Federation’s official coaches training center. Now, she leads Ecuador in it’s first-ever Women’s World Cup appearance and, at 26, is the youngest coach to ever head a World Cup team.
Today is World Environment Day (WED), and this year’s theme is Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care. In honor of the day, the UN is asking for everyone to pledge to doing “one thing less” to help reduce our negative environmental impact. Why? Because, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon puts it: "Although individual decisions may seem small in the face of global threats and trends, when billions of people join forces in common purpose, we can make a tremendous difference."
Partners of the Americas’ Youth Ambassadors program was much more than just a simple trip; I grew, I was challenged, and succeeded in more ways than I ever thought I could. It was the first time I got on a plane, traveled outside of my country, interacted with deaf students and above all my first time representing my country abroad.
The atmosphere at the onset of the second 100,000 Strong in the Americas Capacity Building Workshop, supported by the U.S. Department of State, was contagious – the room swelled with hundreds of higher education experts eager to explore what works in student exchange. The turnout revealed the deep-seated interest in the hemisphere to improve educational opportunities – an interest that, as the past five years indicate, will only continue to grow.
It’s not every day you receive an opportunity to speak at the United Nations, but last month, we were two of the lucky few. On Wednesday, April 15, we were invited to represent A Ganar at the United Nations’ “United Action towards Sustainable Development for All Through Sport” celebration in New York.
In front of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, and several diplomats and world class athletes, we shared our life-changing experiences through A Ganar and hopes for the future of sport-for-development.
Six years ago, I, along with Melissa Golladay, Partners' then Director of Youth Exchanges, had the honor of joining an amazing group of young leaders at the VII Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago.
Yesterday we celebrated Mother's Day, a day to honor all the special mamas in our lives. At Partners, we treasure mothers, and strongly believe empowering and educating women - especially mothers - leads to healthier children, families and communities.
Partners of the Americas’ Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer Rebecca Roebber traveled to Panama to support La Asociacion de Profesionales y Tecnicos Ngäbe - Buglé de Bocas de Toro (APROTENG). Rebecca spent her two weeks in Panama training a group of women on marketing and the production of cocoa by-products.
It’s been just over two weeks since I returned home from the VII Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama, and I’m still recovering from what could only be described as an “out of body experience.” It was the third Summit I’ve attended, but by far the most historic. This Summit marked the first time all 35 nations of the Americas have come together – and the end of a decades-long standstill in U.S.-C
Travel grants available for teachers from U.S. Chapters with Brazilian Partners to attend the Annual International Education & Resource Network (iEARN) Conference
Partners of the Americas is expanding opportunities for online youth exchanges through a preferred partner agreement with iEARN, a leader in K-12 virtual exchange and project-based learning. iEARN has affiliates in approximately 140 countries and 33,000 schools worldwide.