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.
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Not too long ago, Alex, 7, and Josseline, 6, spent their afternoons working in a field, grazing cows and collecting grass to feed pigs and guinea pigs. One of their most common tasks, as it is for other children in Chordeleg, Azuay, Ecuador, was recollecting toquilla straw. The material is used to create Panamanian hats which are very popular among local workers and tourists.
In October 2015, 17-year-old, Patricia Salazar traveled with 19 other youth from Venezuela and Colombia to the United States for one month as a participant in the State Department-funded Youth Ambassadors program. “It was a dream come true…the chance to know, enjoy and learn about cultures different from mine,” Salazar said.
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico is rich with historical colonial architecture, colorful art, and natural landmarks. When visiting Jalisco, there are a few places you'll want to make sure you visit. Here, we've gathered the top five can't miss tours in Jalisco.
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.
Lindsay Cox, a rising senior at Binghamton University in Upstate New York, and Jorge Londoño Mejia, a recent graduate of Universidad EAFIT in Medellín, Colombia, are the 2016 winners of the President's Internship Program's (PIP) Community Based Project Proposal Competition, offered through Partners of the Americas.
"We are no longer just designing a piping system; we are helping people get water without a long walk. We are helping them to survive.”
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.
Did you know that the Latin American and Caribbean is now the second most enterprising region in the world? According to the World Bank, four out of every 10 Latin American youth hope to become entrepreneurs. It takes a supportive community and a wealth of resources for entrepreneurship to be a feasible venture. This is especially true when there is a cultural stigma of failure.
In an effort to support Paraguay’s government, private sector, and civil society’s commitment to to combat child labor and strengthen labor law enforcement, the United States government presented a new project called Paraguay Okakuaa at the U.S. Ambassador to Paraguay, Dr. Leslie A. Bassett’s residence. The project is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. (Español a continuación)
What started as a conversation between two musicians has spurred an ongoing musical exchange between the United States and Uruguay.
Instituto Cultural Cabañas is a compound full of stories. The space has had many identities throughout the centuries including that of a hospital, orphanage, school, and military barrack. Now, it serves as an art museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is known for its unique architecture and murals, and modern legends even claim that it is haunted.
Two-thirds of the world’s population is at risk of facing water shortages by 2025, scientists say. Lakes and rivers fill with pollutants as water’s natural filtration system, including forests and grasslands, are destroyed.
Many children and youth across Panama who are Afro descendants, indigenous, or belong to migrant populations now own their first book. (Español a continuación)
As Partners of the Americas' Haiti Nutrition Security Program (Haiti NSP) enters its final closeout phase, the Agriculture and Food Security team is gathering statistics on its three-year impact
The percentage of women studying toward a degree or working in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and architecture (STEM+A) remains lower than men in both the United States and Mexico. In the U.S., the percentage of women receiving bachelor’s degrees in each STEM field has decreased over the past decade, The Washington Post reported.
“Today’s epidemic of undereducated and impoverished girls is tomorrow’s crisis of instability and conflict, health, hunger, and avoidable child deaths,” the 2016 U.S. Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls states.
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.
Nothing is as exciting as the opportunity to travel the world, visit new places, and experience new cultures. For a teacher like me, travel is a great way to connect with professionals and students from different backgrounds, and with different teaching and learning methodologies. When I learned about Partners’ Panama Teacher Match program, I had to apply.
I remember the exact moment when my university’s staff proposed creating a volunteer student group to work hand-in-hand with Partners of the Americas, an international organization in Washington D.C.