In 2016, the Chapter began working to greater develop the local community through social projects. As most of its 30 members are professors, POA-GO has mainly focused on projects related to education. Having teachers from both the private and public sectors enables POA-GO to reach people with different income levels.
The Chapter also created Brazil’s first PartnersCampus Chapter in 2016. If it were not for the energy and enthusiasm of our younger peers, we would not be where we are today. They have heightened our overall members and impact. Although they are attending college, the PartnersCampus youth are very open supporting the professional Chapters projects. Together, our focus on inclusive education has changed lives and helped people gain access to quality education.
- GOIÁS SEM FRONTEIRAS (GOIÁS WITHOUT BORDERS) – Created by the Goiás State Government, the project provides public high school students the opportunity to participate in an exchange program with a full scholarship. POA-GO also provided English classes to the students in the weeks beforehand.
- CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT – Our exchange programs with the Wyoming Chapter have been crucial. The Education and Culture grant from the U.S. Department of State has given support to several of our members throughout the past few years. Not only has this opportunity attracted new chapter members, but it also has allowed our chapter to reach a wider network across the state. Teachers from different cities, such as Itumbiara, Goiânia, and Inhumas have participated. As we were able to attend classes and visit schools in Wyoming, these exchange programs have made a real difference in our professional lives, with a significant impact over our local reality in Brazil. Since most members are professors, the Chapter created a workshop project, where the members offer courses in their expertise areas. The courses are offered in-person or online for the local community with accessible prices. This project also serves as a great fundraiser for the Chapter.
- ALUMNI DAY – Alumni Day is a joint project with the Brazilian Embassy in the United States and its alumni. Once a year, chapter members and U.S. embassy program participants volunteer in an institution in Goiás. This project always occurs in commemoration of our volunteers and usually includes setting up donation points around the city that close on Alumni Day.