Paraguay, Peace Corps and Partners

The latest Partners of the Americas blog included this piece about Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Brendan Hughes and Ronaldo a student in the community of Yhu. Ronaldo was chosen as a Youth Ambassador and visited Montana. He missed Kansas but we are still pleased with the success and the connection between the Peace Corps, Partners and Paraguay.


Clara Dubbs



Boots Raber is presenting Clara Dubbs a copy of the recent 40-Year History of Kansas-Paraguay Partners.  Boots along with Merrill Raber complied the history.  Clara is a long time member and supporter of KPP.  She was a very generous contributor to the history project.

Clara was also a leader in the International 4-H Youth (IFYE) and Professional Rural Youth Leader Exchange (PRYLE) from 1978 through 1992. Along with our southern partners exchanges occurred each year between youth of Kansas and Paraguay. Some of the Paraguayan youth went on to study at Fort Hays State University and Kansas State University.  In 2005 KPP and CPK sponsored a tour of Paraguay and Clara was sought out by many people who fondly remembered their time in Kansas.

Clara will turn 90 years old next month.

Partners new Youth Program in Paraguay

The US Department of State has chosen Partners of the Americans to implement an exchange between the United States and Paraguay.

  • The central theme to the Paraguay program is Environment and Climate Change complemented with the sub-themes of Dialogue and Debate, Community Service and Leadership Development
  • The program will include 21 U.S. participants (18 youth and 3 adult mentors) traveling to Paraguay during July of 2013
  • The delegation will first spend 5 days in Washington DC for the Leadership Program component
  • The entire delegation of 21 participants will travel to three communities in Paraguay: Asuncion, Encarnación and Ciudad del Este for approximately 3 weeks.
  • Partners will select youth from all states.

Tentative timeline:

November – February: Recruitment

March – April: Selection

May – June: Orientation and Logistics

July: Travel

August – September: Follow-on

If you have any questions regarding the American Youth Leadership Program, please contact Melissa Golladay at or Abraham Cisne at


Sarah Stern Among Top 10 College Women

Check out this article in glamor magazine naming Sarah Stern one of the top 10 college women.  Sarah received the KPP Scholarship for studying in Paraguay as an intern with the Fundacion Paraguaya.

Free Teacher Workshop about Paraguay @ KU

-KU Latin American Studies Presents-

Teacher Reach-Out Workshop: How to bring Paraguay to your classroom and networking session
Join us for this fall semester’s FREE Teacher Reach-Out Workshop! This workshop focuses on providing teachers with a foundational knowledge of Paraguay through featured guest speakers Dr. Melissa Birch, the Paraguayan Kansas Committee, and the Kansas Paraguay Partners. We also will provide teachers with resources about travel opportunities to Paraguay and materials and digital tools to bring Paraguay to your classroom!  See a schedule and description below!

When and Where:
Saturday, October 15th, 2011
10:00am-2:30pm (Lunch Provided)
University of Kansas, Bailey Hall, Room 318
(785) 864-3899


Schedule and Brief Description of the Events:
10:00am-10:15am       Introduction by Outreach Coordinators

10:15am-11:00am       Lecture by Graham Kreicker, Kansas Paraguay Partners representative

–          Kreicker’s lecture will give an overview of Paraguayan culture, as well as, discuss travel opportunities to Paraguay for Teachers and Students

11:00am-11:30am       Paraguay Kansas Committe Student Organization performance

11:30am-1:00pm         Lunch (Provided by the LAS Center Outreach) and teacher networking

1:00pm-1:45pm           Lecture by Dr. Melissa Birch, Associate Director of the Center of Latin American Studies,  Associate Professor of Business, & Faculty Advisor for PKC Student Organization

–          An overview of the economy and politics of Paraguay

1:45pm-2:15pm           Integrating LAS resources to incorporate Paraguay into the classroom

–          LAS Outreach resources and how they meet your curriculum standards

2:15pm-2:30pm           Raffle and Evaluations

Total Instruction Contact Hours: 3 hours

Calling Youth! 2011 Kansas Youth Ambassadors Program


for the

2011 U.S. Youth Ambassadors Program

Apply to represent the United States as a Youth Ambassador for 4 weeks in the summer of 2011. Selected youth will travel to the Caribbean or Latin America on cultural exchange to learn about leadership and civic engagement!

Partners of the Americas, through a program funded by the United States Department of State, is looking for U.S. youth between the ages of 15 and 18.  Your mission is to:

  • § participate in promoting mutual understanding between the people of Latin America and the U.S.
  • § develop a greater sense of civic responsibility and commitment to community development
  • § build leadership capacity
  • § foster relationships among youth from different ethnic, religious and national groups
  • § explore local and national issues and become involved with or contribute to those issues

Selected youth will travel to Antigua and Barbuda, Chile, Ecuador, or Paraguay for 4 weeks in July and August 2011. While in the selected country, you will attend school, live with a host family, explore cultural and historic sites, participate in community service activities, attend workshops and plan a project to be implemented upon your return to the U.S.

Applicants must meet the following requirements in order to participate:

  1. Be between 15-18 years old at date of travel (Summer 2011)
  2. Currently enrolled in a public high school.  We strongly encourage Juniors and below to apply.
  3. Intermediate level of Spanish skills. Recommended that you have completed Spanish 2 (or equivalent) by date of travel (Summer 2011)
  4. Good academic standing
  5. Volunteer experience
  6. U.S. Citizen or Resident Alien (one parent is a green card holder)

Application deadline is January 17, 2011.

You can download an application here:




Download the YA Application Form here!

If you are interested in becoming an ADULT MENTOR  for the Youth Ambassadors next summer, please download the information and application here:

Youth Ambassadors Adult Mentor Commitment and Application 2011

Please email and send your application to:
Mary Bradshaw, 2701 Goldenrod Rd. N.Newton KS 67117

Please download this flyer or forward it to those who may be interested–

Youth Ambassadors Promotional Flyer–please forward!

It all started with an exchange!

The attached newsletter below is a new initiative of USAID Office of Agriculture.
One of the highlighted Junior Officers, Nelson Diarte, is a Paraguayan
who went to Kansas through the Kansas Paraguay Partners Chapter for a year of high school.

Later he went on to get a Fulbright to study at Texas A&M,
to work for Peace Corps Paraguay,
to being the Coordinator for the Indigenous and Afro Latino Scholarship Program
at Alamo Community College through Georgetown.

 Click here to read the newsletter–Nelson is on page 5–
Aggie Connect September 2010

Submitted by Jessie Kalsmith
Coordinadora del Programa, Programa Farmer to Farmer
Partners of the Americas

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