This week, Partners of the Americas observes the International Day to Eradicate Poverty. Inspired by an initiative by the PartnersCampus network, Partners would like to highlight the many ways in which our programs, projects, and members #endpoverty.
The Washington State-Chile Chapter is keeping children warm through collaboration. When Chilean Partners traveler and school principal Luis Bravo attended a reception by the Washington State Chapter, he commented that his low-income school had no heat. The Washington Partners Board members then sprung into action.
Study abroad opportunities aren’t always accessible to students. Such was the case for many students at Windward Community College (WCC) in Hawaii. With responsibilities stacked high and economic resources low, most WCC students had not pursued international experiences, especially in studying abroad.
Leading the way by example and commitment is PartnersCampus EAFIT, who celebrated their fifth anniversary with Partners The event featured a variety of activities centered on the pillars of the PartnersCampus student chapters: community leadership, civic engagement and volunteerism and professional development. Over 100 youth participated in dynamic leadership activities with a social, cultural and international focus.
Laura Parra, a University of Rhode Island (URI) senior, always wanted to return to her home country of Colombia to give back to the community in some way. Never did she imagine she would be able to fulfill her dream so early in her career and through such an amazing project.
In a final debriefing session, the 2017 Panama Teacher Match group of 20 volunteers reunited in order to give voice to the challenges and successes of their individual six week assignments in Panama.
Yesterday, in celebration of International Education Week #IEW2017, we attended the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Open Doors 2017 briefing at the National Press Club. This year’s Open Doors report shows both improvements and declines in study abroad to and from the United States. Overall, the U.S. saw a 3.4% increase in international students and a 4% increase in U.S. students studying abroad.