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Dia Global del Voluntariado Juvenil

Este año los jóvenes de Partners of the Americas de 15-29 años participaron en el Dia Global del Voluntariado Juvenil, un evento anual que reúne a miles de jóvenes de todo el mundo a participar, organizar y desarrollar proyectos de servicio existentes o únicas en sus propias comunidades. 

Partners Stands with Ecuador

The two devastating large-scale earthquakes that rattled Ecuador’s coast over this past week and left villages in ruins were the deadliest the country experienced since 1987.

Panama Teacher Match 2016 Winners Announced

As Latin America’s economy continues to grow, many countries, including Panama, are increasingly adopting teaching strategies geared toward bilingualism. Our Panama Teacher Match program connects American English teachers with Panamanian public middle and high school English teachers in an effort to increase English language capacity and provide valuable professional development opportunities for U.S. teachers overseas.

Farmer-to-Farmer Brings Reforestation to Dominican Republic

It is estimated that throughout the 20th century, the Dominican Republic lost 75 to 85 percent of its forest coverage from deforestation. While deforestation has slowed over the past couple of decades, the country is still recovering from the high levels that occurred, mostly between the 1960’s and 1980’s. 

Salsa Expert Teaches Tomato Canning to Panama Villages

 “I have been making salsa since I was 6 years old, when my task for dinnertime was to peel roasted chilies,” Carmen Pacheco-Borden of Boulder, Colo said. Pacheco-Borden’s family immigrated to the United States from Mexico when she was 12 years old, and she went on to obtain her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering. After teaching university classes and having three children, Pacheco-Borden decided it was time for a new path in life. 

Once a Partner, Always a Partner

I heard that phrase a lot during my internship with Partners of the Americas’ Program Development unit last fall in Washington, D.C., but did not fully understand it. I immediately saw that the internship would not be mundane; I got to experience all of the inner workings of the NGO with days as exciting as a full time employee. 

A New Bridge, a New Relationship with Argentina

Argentina was not prepared for the strong impact generated by U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit. Like every president, he has successes and failures, both domestically and internationally. However it is impossible not to think of him as one of the best prepared men on earth to carry out a process of dialogue and understanding with any other political party.

Partners of the Americas Brings a Half-Century Experience Building Lasting Partnerships to the U.S. and Cuba

It was in 1964, during a time of heightened tensions between the U.S. and Cuba, that Partners of the Americas (Partners) was born.  As part of President Kennedy’s Alliance for Progress, local community organizations – Partners chapters – emerged in countries across Latin America and the Caribbean, and in the majority of the 50 United States. 

Paraguay Introduces National Formal Labor Day

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Paraguay’s Ministry of Labor has established Feb. 26 as “National Formal Labor Day,”  with the goal to ensure that workers’ rights are met, and to transmit the message that decent working conditions are a crucial step in the path to social and economic development for businesspeople, citizens, and all linked to the country’s economy.

Pulses Recipes from Our Kitchen to Yours

As an ode to the United Nations dubbing 2016 the International Year of the Pulses, we are highlighting recipes containing beans in our cooking demonstrations. Pulses provide protein, complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. Like other plant-based foods, pulses contain no cholesterol and little fat or sodium. Below are two of our favorite pulses recipes, from Haiti to your home. 

3 Reasons a Native Speaker Is Essential for Learning a Second Language

As someone who is a teacher of my native language and a student of a second language, I have learned that being in contact with native speakers is crucial to improve one’s secondary language skills. Below are my three most important reasons why.

Como Ser Mujer

Me llamo Andrea, soy oficial de campo para el programa F2F en Guatemala. En unos pocos meses más cumpliré mi segundo año trabajando para Partners dentro del programa. El tiempo se ha pasado rápidamente y en el proceso he aprendido muchas cosas nuevas, cada tema es diferente para cada asignación y cada asignación es una nueva oportunidad de crecimiento personal e intelectual. 

 

In Another’s Shoes: EducaFuturo + A Ganar in Panama

“I am not playing with her - she is too small, she can’t run, and doesn’t talk to me!” one EducaFuturo participant shouted. “He only talks to his friends and just because I look different he doesn’t talk to me,” responded another.

9 Reasons to Study Abroad

From the lifelong friends you'll make to the innumerable job and life skills you'll gain, there are endless reasons to pack your bags for a semester (or more) and discover a new country and culture. Here are our top nine.

How to Make a Square-Foot Garden

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Have you considered growing your own garden, but don’t think you have the space?  Square-foot gardens are a useful way for city-dwellers and suburbanites alike to grow fresh, organic vegetables on a budget. Partners’ F2F volunteer Arlen Albrecht recently traveled to Guatemala to train urban and rural community members in building square-foot gardens, contributing to their household nutrition and food security. And today, we’re sharing his instructions with you.

What to Expect While Volunteering Abroad

Volunteering abroad is a great way to explore the world while also making a positive impact on local communities, allowing you to immerse yourself with the local people and cultures, learn a new language, and gain a real understanding of the issues at hand. But first, there are many things to know before jumping on an airplane.

Wisconsin Technical College Wins Grant, Will Expand Study Abroad to Colombia

Aaron Gorenc, International Activities and Education Abroad Manager at Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) in Appleton, WI, is passionate about students having the opportunity to study abroad. In high school, Gorenc participated in two study abroad exchanges to Germany, and as an undergraduate he studied abroad in Switzerland. Gorenc’s experiences led him to be passionate about the imperative role study abroad plays in a person’s education. “From early on, I wanted to talk with students about how and why a study abroad experience is necessary in the global economy we are in,” Gorenc said.

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