Partners of the Americas is excited to announce that applications for the U.S. Youth Ambassadors Program to Colombia (YA) are now open!

The YA program is supported by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs and implemented by Partners of the Americas. All participants selected will travel to Washington, DC and Colombia free-of-cost during in July 2016. A total of 10 youth (ages 15-17) and one adult educator, who have studied/speak Spanish, will be chosen from select states for this unique opportunity that fosters mutual understanding, leadership, and community service.

Program activities include meeting with government and civic organizations, building relationships with host families and local youth leaders, visiting schools and participating in skills-based workshops that enable and empower participants to take on issues in their own communities. Upon returning to the U.S., participants use what they learned throughout the program to design and implement service projects that benefit their communities.

Applications are currently open for residents of North Carolina and other states. For a copy of the youth and mentor application, please go to You can submit online or send the youth application to Michelle Peedin, Youth Ambassadors Screener, 103B Milton Drive, Carrboro NC 27510. For mentor applications, you can submit online or send to Sallie Abbas, Mentor Youth Ambassadors Screener, North Carolina Partners of the Americas Mentor Application, P.O. Box 28221, Raleigh, NC 27611.

Come to Our 2015 Annual Meeting!

Please join us for the 2015 annual meeting. This year’s meeting takes place at the Chapel Hill public library. We will have our annual board meeting in the morning, enjoy a Peruvian lunch, and learn from break-out sessions about new opportunities from recent travelers. We will also honor award winners, elect new officers and board members. Learn about what opportunities there are for you in NC Partners of the Americas!

When: December 12, 2016, 10:30- 3:30 pm

Where: Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Dr., Chapel Hill, NC 27514



Leapfrogging to a Green Building Code in Bolivia

A group of Master's students at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment will be working with Partners of the Americas on a project titled Leapfrogging to a Green Building Code in Bolivia. They will collaborate with Partners chapters in La Paz, Cochabamba, and Santa Cruz to analyze the costs and benefits of green construction codes. Ursula Bustillos-Daza, Environment and Natural Resources Subcommittee Chair of La Paz Partners and Director of Portal Urbano, a sustainability think tank, is looking to raise funds to bring a delegation of consultants from the International Code Council to assist with the project. The students hope to produce a strategic plan for stakeholders in Bolivia to achieve passage and enforcement of green development codes throughout the country. They are planning to travel through Bolivia in separate trips in August, January, and March.

Duke University presentation of project

2014 Annual Meeting Celebrates Year of Successes

North Carolina Partners gathered for its annual meeting last Saturday and enjoyed a number of presentations about programs and projects from the year 2014. New Board members and officers were elected. Plaques and Certificates of Appreciation were presented to several individuals and institutions, including Gregory Poole Equipment Company, Raleigh, NC for their generous financial contribution to the N.C. and Bolivian Partners of the Americas to increase autism services for the people of Bolivia. Also, to the Autism Society-NC who hired two counselors from La Paz, Bolivia for Camp Royall, for the summer of 2014, which provided a new resource to increase and improve autism services in Bolivia.

Linda Watson from UNC Chapel Hill describing the Autism project. Outgoing Board members (left to right) Steve Gibson, Rodney Swink & Virginia Freedman
Karen Brown receiving the James Braham/Eva Marcus Humanitarian Award (left to right) Sallie Abbas, Christian Stalberg, Katherine Stalberg
Jeffrey Manchester 2014 AYLP delegate to Paraguay Darren Legge speaking about the Bolivian Green Building Code project


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