With his silver-streaked beard and fashion scarf, seated in Sukhasana (a yoga meditation pose), Marco Barbi may seem like an unlikely candidate to help kickstart the Guatemalan economy. For starters he is Italian, married to a French astrologist and is himself the author of several personal growth books. He arrived to Guatemala via Mexico over a decade ago, and choose to make the outskirts of Antigua his home.
As part of this F2F assignment, Mr. Ndi visited and led trainings at several of Fabretto’ youth centers in Managua as well as in northern town of San Jose de Cusmapa. At these centers, he delivered a series of youth-focused workshops meant to train Fabretto staff, tutors, and students on various aspects of merchandising and e-marking for small agricultural enterprises.
Uno de los aspectos más destacados de mi experiencia fue la oportunidad que tuve de conocer a la delegación de jóvenes embajadores (JE) de Colombia y Venezuela 2017. / One of the main highlights of my experience was the opportunity I had to meet the 2017 Colombian and Venezuelan delegation of Youth Ambassadors (YAs).
A look back at the past year of accomplishments from our Farmer-to-Farmer program which connects volunteers from the U.S. with farmers, cooperatives, and other institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean.
A little bit goes a long way with Jasson Albernaz. Despite having minimal resources, Jasson Albernaz has changed the lives of hundreds of children in his community in Cochabamba, Bolivia with just “love, time, and the will to go out and do good.”
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.
When people from different backgrounds connect, it presents an opportunity to be immersed in a new culture, learn a new language and exchange ideas. These relationships often lead to enduring partnerships based on mutual understanding, respect and shared interest.
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.
The 2017 Colombian and Venezuelan Youth Ambassadors reflect on their time in Washington, D.C., Arkansas and Tennessee where they had the opportunity to engage with local government and civic organizations, build relationships with host families and other youth, visit schools and participate in skills-based workshops that enable and empower them to mobilize their communities towards positive change.