I remember the exact moment when my university’s staff proposed creating a volunteer student group to work hand-in-hand with Partners of the Americas, an international organization in Washington D.C.
The third major hemispheric 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund workshop will convene in Denver on May 29, coinciding with the newly sworn-in U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson traveling to Mexico City to start her new position. With these milestones, 100,000 Strong in the Americas is poised to launch to a new level of engagement and impact.
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.
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.
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.
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.