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The Journey of the Hero for Raymond in the Panama Teacher Match Program

Raymond Devenney was a participant in the 2017 program, Panama Teacher Match, implemented by Partners of the Americas and funded by the U.S. Embassy in Panama. In this program, Raymond worked for six weeks alongside local English teachers in the public school system of Panama, training and coaching them in different methodologies. This is his story of his experience during the program.

Developing Emergency Medical Response Infrastructure in Mexico

Texas Partners has been an important player in helping universities in Mexico develop the infrastructure for EMT services. They recently held their first bi-national meeting to continue making headway on the project.

Tennessee-Dominican Linkages in Higher Education and Small Business Development

Partners-sponsored trips help build strong relationships between Latin American nations and states in the U.S. In June, Galen Hull, a member of our Tennessee Partners chapter traveled to the Dominican Republic to forge university and trade connections with Tennessee.

Colorado Chapter Hosts Program for English Teachers

Alcides Hermes Thereza Jr. lives with his wife and three children in Goiás, Brazil where he trains English teachers at the local state university. In July, however, he traded his regular life for a month in Colorado, which he spent living with host families, taking rigorous coursework, and immersing himself in American culture. 

Ceremonia de Lanzamiento Iniciativa MAIES 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.

Top 5 Places to Visit in Medellín

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!

Education and Culture Grants Brazil Student Travel to U.S.

"One perk of being a Partners chapter member is the opportunity to apply for Travel Grants. Distributed through Partners’ Education and Culture program, Travel Grants fund visits to other Partners chapters throughout the Western Hemisphere to collaborate on areas of mutual interest, including education, art, and student exchanges."

Partners y iEARN: Globalización de oportunidades

A quién en algún momento no le pasó por la mente el poder tener la oportunidad de conocer otras culturas, de visitar otros países  y saber muchas cosas de otros lugares que sólo había  leído en los libros?

It Just Needs a Little Work, That’s All

Every night, neighbors burned their garbage, including plastics, on the street where I was staying. At the height of the rainy season, piles of garbage mixed with standing water throughout the city - in the streets, ditches and culverts, residential yards, and outside stores.  Garbage rotted alongside food preparation. The afternoon I spent with Harold changed my perspective of the issue completely.

Dominican Youth Travel to Tennessee for Second Annual Baseball Exchange

Since its incorporation in 1965, the Tennessee Partners chapter has worked to connect with youth in Latin America through sport and leadership programs. Most recently, they arranged for a baseball team of young men ages 12 and 13 from the Dominican Republic to travel to Lebanon, Tennessee for the town's Babe Ruth baseball tournament. 

"Hello Montevideo" Documentary Explores Partnership Between Sister Cities

Pioneer Public Television’s new documentary "Hello Montevideo" explores the relationship between two cities with the same name that, although are on different continents and of greatly differing sizes, have been Sister Cities for over 100 years. 

 

Gilda Returns to Minnesota

The President-elect of Uruguay-Minnesota Partners traveled from Uruguay in September to spend two packed weeks working with chapter counterparts in both Oregon and Minnesota.

Past Partners Legislative Fellow Changes the Future for Disabled Women in Haiti

Doudly Elius was visiting America from Haiti during his Partners of the Americas Legislative Fellow program in 2013 when he developed a motor disability. “I struggled a lot to walk, to climb stairs, or even to raise myself up from a chair,” Elius said. Still, New Jersey, where he was stationed, was well-equipped to support his needs.

Past Kellogg Fellow Awarded MacArthur Fellowship

Alex Truesdell, founder of Adaptive Design Association, was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship early this week. The award, commonly known as the “genius award,” grants Truesdell $625,000 to advance her organization’s work.  The grant is paid over five years and unlike other grants, there are no strings attached. There are no guidelines and no progress reports expected. It is purely meant to inspire creativity and mobility.

Including It All: Exploring Accessibility in Diamantina

Dr. Ana Palla-Kane is a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Maryland. Dr. Palla-Kane works with teachers in the development of strategies to make physical activity programs accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Through Partners’ Sport for Community program, she served as mentor to Dr. Priscila Lopes, an emerging leader in Brazil who works at the Federal University of the Jequitinhonha and Mucuri Valleys.

Arriving in Diamantina, Brazil, was an adventure. The historic city in the state of Minas Gerais is about four and half hours by car from the state capital of Belo Horizonte. Roads with beautiful views and landscapes took us to the heart of Brazilian history, where a gorgeous June sunset greeted us.

Partners Teacher Leads Beautification Effort in Panama

When I was selected to be one of the 18 English teachers for the inaugural Panama Teacher Match program through Partners of the Americas, I knew I was in for an adventure. I had requested to be sent to a rural area, but everything about my placement was a mystery. This was the summer adventure I was craving! The unknown was the beauty of the experience! I never expected to fall so in love with the community.

A Week in the Life of a Mother Leader

Marie Guerline Ostine is a Mother Leader each and every day of the week. Living in Carrefour, one of greater Port-au-Prince’s four districts, Ms. Ostine continually serves her neighbors by providing nutrition and health education through the Haiti Nutrition Security Program (NSP).

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