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Friday, July 18, 2014

Uruguayan Drummer Brings Afro-Uruguayan Music to Minnesota

Last month, for the first time ever, the small town of Montevideo, Minnesota was introduced to the the 200-year-old Afro-Uruguayan “candombe” music their sister city, Montevideo, Uruguay, is so well known for. Candombe is a cultural heritage, music and dance native to Uruguay, with African roots. With a travel grant from Partners, Uruguayan drummer Álvaro Salas traveled to Montevideo, MN in June to present workshops on candombe drumming, history and culture in Minneapolis and Montevideo, as well as attend and perform at the town's annual Fiesta Days, a celebration to commemorate the town's association with its sister city. 

The video below features Álvaro and Montevideo, MN musician Andy Stermer. Just six months prior to Álvaro's visit, Andy traveled to Montevideo, Uruguay on a grant from Partners to study Afro-Uruguayan candombe drumming and music, where he was a student of Salas.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Announcing the ExxonMobil Round of 100,000 Strong in the Americas

We’re excited to announce the ExxonMobil Round of 
100,000 Strong in the Americas! 

Read the new competition information here
Issuance Date: June 16th, 2014
Closes July 28th, 2014 at 5:00 EST 

 The ExxonMobil Round looks for proposals geared at promoting Study Abroad in Engineering, Physics, Geology, and Geophysics and is available to higher educational institutions in the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico that promote study abroad or exchange programs in either or both directions between the U.S. and those four countries. 

 And don’t forget to join The Innovation Network! 
You’ll get all the information on new opportunities and developments: 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Survey Reminder: Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange Deadlines Approaching

A special reminder for all higher education professionals and institutions:   

The U.S. Department of State funds Open Doors, an annual report on student mobility that tracks progress toward meeting President Obama’s goal of 100,000 U.S. students studying annually in the Western Hemisphere and 100,000 students from the Americas studying each year in the United States.  The current Open Doors Survey is now open and available a  The survey collects data on U.S. study abroad during academic year 2012/13 and international students in the United States during academic year 2013/14.  The deadline to complete the surveys are as follows: International Student Census – Fall 2013 (July 16), U.S. Study Abroad Survey - Fall 2012 through Summer 2013 (July 30) and International Scholars Survey – 2013/14 (July 23). 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Partners' President Steve Vetter Speaks at the Spring 2014 Professional Fellows Congress

By Carlos Saavedra, President’s Intern 2014

Steve addressing the legislative fellows at the Spring 2014 Professional Fellows Congress
Once again, Partners of the Americas was honored to have President and CEO Steve Vetter speak at the spring 2014 Professional Fellows Congress, which took place at the Washington Marriott Georgetown Hotel on June 6, 2014. The topic of discussion was “Reaching and Empowering Marginalized Groups.” He began the morning session of his workshop with a Q&A segment and later engaged the audience in a discussion about the challenges of working with marginalized groups.

Steve directed two back-to-back workshops with approximately 35 participants in each group from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and Canada. They all shared an intense interest in learning how to work with marginalized communities more effectively, and without offending or harming them. Participants of the conference included U.S. ambassadors, U.S. State Department officials, and a plethora of bright minds from both the private and public sector of countries across the globe.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Join us for the 2014 Agrilinks Blog Carnival!

Partners of the Americas' Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program is excited to participate in the 2014 Agrilinks Blog Carnival!  This special series on F2F will highlight activities around the world and will share stories from volunteers, partners, beneficiaries, and key participants as they describe their experiences with F2F, discuss the food security challenges, and highlight the real results volunteers and their hosts achieve together. Check out the Farmer-to-Farmer blog to read our daily blog posts next week. 

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