These four new volunteer professionals from New York, Arizona, Colorado, and Florida came to Washington, DC to participate in two days of intense meetings and workshops to prepare themselves for their trip to Chile where they will be joined by 22 other volunteers. Upon arrival, they will participate in a training workshop that will prepare them for their year of service as América Solidaria volunteers.
After a long and intense selection process, the four new fellows: Alexa Schwartz, Katelyn Raynak, Alexa Schaeffer and Alex Penwill, met with the Executive Director of América Solidaria U.S. as well as leading authorities in the country.
The agenda included a thorough but relaxed meeting with Chile’s Ambassador to the United States, Juan Gabriel Valdés, with the Ambassador and Alternate Representative of Chile to the Organization of American States – OAS, Frank Tresler, and with U.S. State Department representatives; Bruce Friedman, Director of the Office of Brazilian and Southern Cone Affairs; Liza Davis, Director, Office of Press and Public Diplomacy; and Cecilia Choi, Chile Desk Officer This last meeting, also attended by the members of the Foundation Board of Directors; Kellie Meiman and Kristen Henry, served to strengthen relationships and encourage the exchange for future opportunities for collaborative work.
Soon we will share in detail who these four new American fellows are, what they will do, and what they think about the year ahead of them. They are starting off with a goal to put all of their training and work experience into serving the children and youth of our continent, as well as working towards bringing justice, unity and solidarity to the Americas.