Scholarship Deadline

It is time to remind people that the deadline for the Kansas Paraguay Study Abroad Scholarship is March 1, 2014. Just click on the Scholarship tab at the top of the page for all of the information and the application. Any questions? Write John Poertner at jpoertner@sunflower.com

How Volunteer Organizations Get the Work Done: Some Examples from KPP

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Kansas-Paraguay Partners is an all volunteer organization.  That means that what gets accomplished happens because someone steps up and helps make it happen.  The above picture is a short history of some significant KPP people and projects.  From right to left (I know that is backwards).

Alberto Granada who is visiting Kansas is a long time active member, officer and volunteer for Comite Paraguay Kansas.  For many years Alberto was the go to person for Paraguayans wanting to study in Kansas.  Many Paraguayans who have studied in Kansas credit Alberto for helping make it happen. Alberto was always there to host those from Kansas who traveled to Paraguay.  He opened his house, his heart and his calendar to make it possible for visitors to accomplish their goals He was also a main person behind the KPP-CPK tours to Paraguay and other countries in South America.   That is just the tip of the iceberg of Alberto’s involvement  with CPK.

Edith Black was the go to person for Paraguayan students studying at the University of Kansas for many years.  She kept track of student on the ‘list’, helped many move into their dorms and hosted meriendas to get to meet students and have them meet each other.

John Poertner was able to spend a year in Paraguay by combining a sabbatical from the University of Kansas with a special volunteer experience through the Peace Corps.  He is also the past president of KPP.

Charlie Stansifer was the originator of the agreement to allow Paraguayan students to study at Kansas Regents universities for in-state tuition.  Through this program hundreds of Paraguayans have studied in Kansas and returned home to make a significant impact on Paraguay.  Charlie also started the KPP-CPK Scholarship Fund that provides a scholarship each year to a Paraguayan to study in Kansas and a Kansan to study in Paraguay.

Mary Miller was an active member of the League of Women Voters when she teamed up with KPP member Nan Wilson to work with Women for Democracy.  This was a Paraguayan organization that promoted democracy when Paraguay was just beginning to develop democratic institutions.

This is a short and inadequate part of KPP history.  Shortly a much more detailed history will be available. Stay tuned.

Study Abroad Scholarship

At the Kansas Paraguay Partners quarterly meeting this weekend the Board approved an increase in our Study Abroad scholarship from $1,200 to $1,500.  This is the scholarship for a Kansan to study in Paraguay.  To learn more go to the top of this page and click on the Study Abroad Scholarship tab.   There is also information about intern and volunteer possibilities.

Environmentalist wins Award for Work in Paraguay

Karina Atkinson started Para La Tierra as an environmental organization in Paraguay.  Now she has won the 2012 Young Laureates of the Rolex Award for Enterprise.  Para La Tierra would be an awesome place for a Kansan to engage in a service learning study abroad volunteer assignment and apply for the Kansas Paraguay Study Abroad Scholarship.  Here is the link to the organizations website.

http://www.paralatierra.org

Scholarship for Studying in Paraguay

This is just a reminder that Kansas Paraguay Partners offers a $1,200 scholarship for Kansas students to study in Paraguay.  The description and application are on the Scholarship page.  Just click the tab above.  Since there is no formal study abroad program in Paraguay you will need to chart your own course but there is lots of help available from Kansas Paraguay Partners.  Just get in touch with me – John Poertner

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