Last month, ten high school students from across the U.S. were selected to represent their peers in Colombia based on academic achievements, displayed leadership qualities, and community involvement. They ventured first to Washington, D.C. for a pre-workshop, and then abroad, where they were immersed in a new culture and surroundings. Here, two Youth Ambassadors recount their experiences that forever changed them, and brought them one step closer to becoming global citizens.
Colombia-based natural skincare company Zen Naturals sources its ingredients from the Department of Cauca, one of the regions most affected by the country’s prolonged armed conflict. Through ethical manufacturing and fair trade practices, the company has taken a leadership role in re-investing in the Paez indigenous communities that grow the quinoa used in their products.
Through Partners of the Americas’ Youth Ambassadors program, we aim to strengthen mutual understanding, awareness, and cooperation between the people of the United States and Colombia.
A través del programa de Jóvenes Embajadores, Partners of the Americas aspira a fortalecer la comprensión mutua, la conciencia y la cooperación entre los Estados Unidos y Colombia.
Teniendo en cuenta el compromiso de las IES colombianas con los procesos de internacionalización de la educación superior, reflejados en programas como la RCI de ASCUN, el proceso de transformación social y económico por el cual atraviesa Colombia en la actualidad, y el papel fundamental que debe jugar la juventud en dicho proceso transformador y de transición; Partners of the Americas ha liderado la Misión de Apoyo a la Internacionalización de la Educación Superior, MAIES COLOMBIA, dirigida en Colombia por Maralex Martínez y Alberto Castro, en la Dirección de Proyectos de Cooperación.
From elegant plazas to breathtaking tram rides, Medellín, Colombia is brimming with things to do and places to explore. Partners is holding our 2017 What Works! Conference in Medellín this September 14, 15, 16 and we’re looking forward to the experience that Colombia’s second largest city has to offer!
Partners of the Americas is pleased to announce that it will be launching the Colombian University Tour on Peacebuilding Education in February 2017.
"Our experiences were challenging, but they made us stronger. I learned the history of the United States, Tennessee and Johnson City; I learned about America and its people – how they really are, not the stereotypes that surround them."
“The topic of child labor is a multi-dimensional one that requires a comprehensive approach for its prevention and elimination,” Peña began at a panel discussing best practices in combating child labor at Partners' recent convention.
Partners is proud announce the 2016 Youth Ambassadors from Colombia and Venezuela! The group consists of 20 youth and three adult mentors who will travel to Washington, D.C. for one week, and subsequently spend two weeks in either Arkansas or Tennessee. The youth were selected in an open competition for students ages 15-18 who have outstanding school records, display leadership qualities and have demonstrated interest in improving their local community.
There’s something almost magical about landing in a foreign country. Moments before, you were standing on familiar land, surrounded by a familiar tongue, and dealing with familiar customs. But now, you stand in a forest of unknown—a beautiful forest, but it’s a forest that instills in a certain wonder, nervousness, and excitement you have yet to fully understand how to navigate.