America Solidaria Presents Best Practices at the IAVE Regional Conference for Latin America

Executive director Rebecca Nelson and international service fellow Rafael Gómez presented on America Solidaria's model and the community garden and nutrition project in Guatemala

Last week, we had the great honor and pleasure of presenting at the VII IAVE Regional Conference for Latin America. We brought a delegation of representatives from our headquarters in Santiago, Chile and my office in Washington, D.C. Also presenting was one of the international service fellows who contribute their energies, talents, and a year of their lives to lead social projects in other countries: Rafael Gómez, a doctor from Toluca, Mexico, who is currently serving in El Canaque, Guatemala.

Rafael and I presented our model of professional volunteerism with a focus on fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals, and some best practices in qualitative and quantitative impact measurement (distinguishing between outputs and outcomes). America Solidaria co-constructs 3 – 5 year projects that seek to install capacity in existing community-based organizations, and we look for teams of professionals with the necessary skills to lead them. For those who are interested, here is a version of our presentation (in Spanish).

It was a pleasure sharing programs that we’re proud of. In addition, we left genuinely impressed at the quality of the other presenters. We’re taking away from the conference renewed energies and ideas to strengthen our professional and corporate volunteer programs.