Dam Safety Expert Shares Best Practices

In September and October, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) engineer Hilary Spilo shared best practices in the field of dam safety with technical experts, students, and officials in Cochabamba, La Paz, Tarija, and Santa Cruz. Ms. Spilo also discussed TCEQ guidelines and regulations on dam construction, inspections, emergency action plans with Bolivian authorities at ...
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FEXPOCRUZ

The Embassy of the United States participated in the FEXPOCRUZ with a bus stop, where visitors felt as if they had stopped in the middle of places and landscapes of the United States. The USA Bus Stop was set with giant screens that showed videos and photographs of iconic places in the United States. There, ...
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Education USA Fair

On September 3 of 2018, the EducationUSA Fair organized every year by EducationUSA Bolivia with the support of US Embassy La Paz, took place in Santa Cruz. The fair attracted around two thousand students that were able to talk to representatives of 10 US universities.
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Author Dan Wells fascinated readers of FIL 2018

The American writer Dan Wells arrived in Bolivia invited by the Embassy of the United States, Librería Lectura and the Book Chamber of La Paz to participate in the International Book Fair FIL 2018. With his characteristic cowboy hat, the author captivated almost 1,400 people, most of them young, in their presentations, not only in ...
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Supporting International Jazz Festival

Embassy La Paz invited the local band Gustavo Orihuela Jazz Quartet and special guest singer Carla Casanovas to perform at the International Jazz Festival. Concerts took place in Teatro 6 de Agosto in La Paz, Fundación COMPA in El Alto, and Teatro Gran Mariscal in Sucre, during the week of September 10-13.
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ESP Roadshow

A series of 4 events oriented to professionals in the English teaching field of private university language centers, English teaching pre service schools of public universities and binational centers on the theme of ESP, the teaching of English for Specific Purposes. Over 100 English teachers and the impact on thousands of students.
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Heather Nauert – Political and Religious Prisoners Held by the Russian Government

The United States is deeply concerned by the growing number of individuals—now more than 150—identified by credible human rights organizations as political and religious prisoners held by the Government of the Russian Federation
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Books for Two Libraries in Santa Cruz

Annie Simpkins, the Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer of the United States Embassy, ​​ visited Santa Cruz to deliver books to the Municipal Library “El Recreo” and to the Library of the Centro Cultural Plurinacional.  The collection of more than 200 books written by US authors and translated into Spanish are basically literature for school kids, in ...
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International Women’s Day Celebration

On March 8, the Public Affairs and Political/Economic Sections of the Embassy supported DCM Marianne Scott in hosting an International Woman’s Day event focusing on female entrepreneurs and their use of technology in their businesses.  The event brought together close to 130 women from various sectors to discuss entrepreneurship, challenges they face, successes they have achieved, ...
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BolTESOL 2018

The Regional English Language Office and the US Embassy in Bolivia supported BolTESOL, the 23rd National Convention for English Techers organized by the Bolivian English Teachers Association, BETA. Over 500 English Teachers and 52 National and International speakers working together in the City of Tarija from January 7th to 10th, 2018.
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Empowering the future generation of Bolivian scientists and innovators

The Clubes de Ciencia Bolivia team believes that part of the solution begins with channeling the curiosity and creativity of young Bolivians by stimulating their interest and passion in pursuing careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. To accomplish this, Clubes de Ciencia has created a series of workshops directed to high school ...
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Networking “AMCHAM JUNIOR”

With the support of the Embassy of the United States and in collaboration with the American Chamber of Commerce AMCHAM, the First Networking Platform “AMCHAM JUNIOR” was born. This platform aims to empower outstanding young people, entrepreneurs, small businesses, entrepreneurs and professionals from the practice of Networking as a growth strategy.   The NETWORKING philosophy ...
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Inspiring

Inspire is a movement, inspired by the thought of Former President of the United States John Quincy Adams: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and be better, you are a leader,” that seeks to awaken in former scholars of the United States Embassy wish to inspire future generations of ...
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Journalists Eager to Tell Stories over the Web in Bolivia

On October 27 – 29, the U.S. Embassy co-hosted a workshop on the creation of digital audio programs (podcasts) in La Paz, in which 56 digital journalists from all over the country participated. The journalists, mostly women, demonstrated that there is eagerness to tell stories through digital media in Bolivia. During the workshop, the participants ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Delighted by Santa Cruz

Marianne Scott, the new Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy, visited Santa Cruz the last week of September during the city’s anniversary celebration.  Ms. Scott met with the senior officials of the region and representatives of important Cruceño institutions, such as CAINCO, CADEX, and IBCE. She also visited the modern facilities of the ...
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Access Camps

English Immersion Camps are one of the main components of the English Access Microscholarship Program. The Binational centers of Cochabamba and Sucre organized – in June and September – with the support of the US Embassy, 3-day-2-night Access Camps with a number of activities including workshops, lectures, trekking, talent shows, bon fires, and much, much ...
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ELT Upgrade – Santa Cruz 2017

The ELT Upgrade gathers university English Professors from 7 Language Schools of public universities in Bolivia in order to receive a 3-day-intensive training. This version of the program was co-organized by the Gabriel Rene Moreno University of Santa Cruz. The training was offered by ELT Specialist Richard Kahn and US Embassy ESL Specialist Gonzalo Fortun ...
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Activate E Teacher Alumni Training – AETAT 2017

25 alumni of the on line training program for English Teachers, E Teacher, were trained in CBA Tarija. The program was conducted by ELT Specialist Richard Kahn, FHI 360 TESOL Specialist Elizabeth Jenkins, and US Embassy ELT Specialist Gonzalo Fortun. The AETAT 2017 ended with an ELT Conference open to the general ELT community in ...
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International Symposium on Water Resources Management

Two water experts from the United States visited Bolivia the last week of August 2017, to participate in an International Symposium on Water Resources Management, organized by the Catholic University of Tarija.  The two speakers were Dr. William Asquith from the U.S. Geological Survey (U.S.G.S.), who is also an adjunct professor at Texas Tech University, ...
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EducationUSA Fair in Bolivia – 2017

For the third time,  the EducationUSA Fair in Santa Cru,  Bolivia, was held on Saturday, August 24, 2017,  at the Binational Center (Centro Boliviano Americano). Bolivia’s EducationUSA Fair is organized by EducationUSA Bolivia, under the lead of EducationUSA Santa Cruz and with the support of the US Embassy in La Paz. It is estimated that around 1,500 people,  mainly ...
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Bolivian Entrepreneurs selected for the YLAI Professional Fellows Program

La Paz — The Embassy is proud to announce the 2017 cohort from Bolivia for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program.  The five-week program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, will bring 250 young leaders from 36 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to the United States to ...
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Be Green Fair — Earth Day

The Embassy organized a green fair to commemorate World Earth Day featuring a variety of stands on environmental care including recycling waste, use of solar cookers, collection and purification of water, ways of composting food and other materials, as well as the sale of organic products. The Chargé d’Affairs recalled the origin of this day: “A ...
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Earth Day Activities

The United States Embassy in La Paz commemorated World Earth Day with a bicycle ride from Ancoraimes to Carabuco on the Bolivian high plateau. In the two communities visited by cyclists and support staff, Chargé d’Affaires Peter Brennan delivered book donations for local schools, as well as sports equipment for children, and 200 cypress trees to forest ...
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YLAI TechCamp Bolivia 2017 takes place in Santa Cruz

In the first YLAI TechCamp, sixty-five Latin American entrepreneurs, YLAI Fellows from Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela and Bolivia met for a two-day Camp.The event took place in Santa Cruz. It gathered the participants to identify common challenges and solutions for their startups. The event was hosted by Embassy La Paz, in partnership with the ...
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DAS Fitzpatrick visits El Alto

DAS Fitzpatrick discusses the experiences of and impact on the lives of Vencedoras, MLK College Horizons, and Ingles Yes program participants at Metro Parada Juvenil Santa Isabel at El Alto! The achievements of these young people impressed the visitor.
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Visit to Bolivia by DAS Michael Fitzpatrick

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Michael Fitzpatrick met with Vice Ministers Guadalupe Palomeque and Walter Endara at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Deputy Secretary Fitzpatrick, Chargé d’Affaires Peter Brennan, Deputy Chief of Mission Gabriel Escobar and diplomats from the United States Embassy exchanged views with Bolivian officials on the normalization of bilateral relations.
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Book Donation to El Alto Public University

Lia Miller, the Cultural Attache of the United States Embassy, ​​ visited the Public University of El Alto (UPEA) to deliver 164 reference books in Spanish on topics such as International Relations, Economics, Journalism, History, Culture, Literature, Public Administration, Law and Education, in addition to 80 publications of the State Department, destined to the library of ...
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Book Donation to Public University in El Alto

The Cultural Affairs Officer, Lia Miller visited the Public University of El Alto and delivered 170 books and 80 publications for different careers of the Public University of El Alto, in the opportunity also mentioned the collaboration that the embassy provides in other areas of the education; highlighting the enhancement of the English language learning ...
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Kenny Wesley Quartet

Embassy La Paz celebrated Black History Month programming in Bolivia with a series of concerts, master classes, workshops, and educational engagement activities featuring the U.S. music group the Kenny Wesley Quartet.  The group performed in Cochabamba and Santa Cruz from February 5 – 11.  As part of the week-long celebration, the embassy officially  inaugurated the ...
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College Horizons in El Alto

Sixteen young Alteños completed the College Horizons – MLK Scholarship Program at the Santa Isabel Youth Center in El Alto. College Horizons is an English language program sponsored by the United States Embassy with the goal of providing Afro Bolivian or indigenous and academically excellent young people from tax education units the opportunity to study ...
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Camp for ACCESS English Scholarship Coordinators and Teachers

The US Embassy with the support of RELO, the Regional Office of English Programs, organized a training camp for coordinators and English teachers of the Access Scholarship Program. The objective of the camp was to train teachers in new educational trends and to create community among the different personal components of the program, authorities of ...
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240 Years of Democracy

The United States elected the 45th president of its history: Donald Trump. At the residence of the United States Embassy, US citizens, members of the diplomatic corps, journalists and friends gathered to follow the results of the polls minute by minute. Once again democracy was celebrated, the principles and values of a solid system, institutionalized ...
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Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI)

President Obama launched  the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) in 2015 to expand opportunities for emerging entrepreneurs and civil society innovators in Latin America. Following a successful pilot program in February – March 2016 that included a Bolivian participant, more Bolivian entrepreneurs will travel to the United States joining other budding entrepreneurs from ...
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Tribute to Professor Jaime Escalante

Jaime Escalante, the Bolivian professor, who inspired thousands of students, who taught mathematics with a unique method, who contributed to the training of youths qualified as rebels, was honored by the United States Postal Service with the issuance of a stamp with his image, the image of Professor Escalante with his typical cap in front ...
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Embassy Participation in the 2016 Book Fair

The 21st edition of the International Book Fair of La Paz had a special stamp for the United States Embassy. Two components characterized our participation in the most important Cultural Fair in La Paz. With the co sponsorship of La Razón and TuKiosko we have launched the search for the Bolivian Super Hero of the ...
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Bolivian English Teachers Embrace New Tools

Supporting English language learning in Bolivia is a priority for the U.S. Embassy. The Embassy and the State Department Regional English Language Office recently hosted a two-week training for English teachers of public and private institutions, including schools, institutes, language centers, and universities. The theme of this program, called #EnglishWeek in social networks, was “Assessment ...
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Second Edition of the Contest: “Sembrando Ideas Verdes”

The winners of the “Sembrando Ideas Verdes” contest were 2 projects of the Universidad Amazonica de Pando, the first winning project was presented by Raul Magne and Mijael Barbery who proposed to produce recycled paper from banana waste and simultaneously raise farmers’ awareness about recycling; the second winning project was elaborated by Fredy Cuaquira and ...
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Navajo and Aymara: Shared Culture Strengthens Renewable Energy Ties

From 18 to 25 July, the U.S. Embassy sponsored the visit of a delegation of faculty from the University of Colorado School of Mines, who visited several indigenous communities and gave lectures on the use of alternative energies to development rural areas. Doctors Masami Nakagawa and Whitney Trainor-Guitton, and Sam Woods, director of the Navajo ...
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4 Hours for the 4th of July

US Embassy La Paz participated in a 4-hours event at Universidad Tecnologica Privada de Santa Cruz gving information about Embassy programs offered to the Bolivian public. The event, titled “4 Hours for the 4th of July,” took place on June 28. Embassy staff distributed information about the Fulbright program and other academic exchange programs, PAS ...
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Reach out and touch the stars

The U.S. Embassy had the honor to bring former NASA astronaut Dr. Ellen Baker to Bolivia October 12-18 and shared her experiences with enthusiastic audiences that included youth and adults who dream of traveling to space or becoming NASA scientists. Dr. Baker gave lectures on living and working in space, as she participated in three ...
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Embassy Hosts Science Fellow for Lake Titicaca Environmental Issues

As part of an ongoing collaboration between U.S. Embassy La Paz, U.S. Embassy Lima, and the Environmental Protection Agency, environmental engineer Paul Fericelli arrived in La Paz for a one month collaboration with the Autoridad binacional Lago Titicaca (ALT).  Mr. Fericelli’s role will be to assist the Peruvian and Bolivian governments in updating their Lake ...
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Environment Road Show Reaches Bolivian Universities

Embassy officials visited three universities in Santa Cruz to discuss waste and water management.  They spoke to over 150 students at each university and were interviewed on the university television.  The week before, officials had a similar experience in Cochabamba where they spoke to packed auditoriums at four schools and had an interview on university ...
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Education USA – University Fair

For the first time, Bolivia was included in the EducationUSA Fair circuit. The EducationUSA fair sought to promote different study programs offered at U.S. universities.  Representatives from 17 U.S. universities, EducationUSA advisers, and U.S. Embassy representatives offered advice and information sessions to more than 4,000 students and parents on undergraduate careers, graduate studies, intensive English ...
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Embassy Representatives Travel to Santa Cruz for EXPOCRUZ

Embassy staff all attended portions of the weeklong EXPOCRUZ trade show in the eastern city of Santa Cruz, Bolivia’s commercial hub.  The event which is an agricultural and trade fair brings everyone from Bolivian businessmen, cattle ranchers, politicians, and diplomats together.  The Acting CDA made opening remarks at the American Chamber of Commerce’s well-attended reception ...
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Consular Outreach in Bolivia’s Economic Capital

Consular staff took advantage of the Santa Cruz ExpoCruz commercial fair to lead extensive outreach on study opportunities in the United States and to conduct fraud prevention activities in advance of the 2016 Diversity Visa Program. In addition to promoting tourism and study at the stand of the bi-national center (Centro Boliviano Americano), consular staff ...
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Creator of New Andean Architecture to travel to the United States for three weeks

He has one of the most creative minds in Bolivian architecture. His nearly 100 works, known as samples of the New Andean Architecture, have marked a before and after in urban design in El Alto. He is Silvestre Freddy Mamani, an architect who is packing his bags for three weeks to explore entrepreneurship in the ...
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Special Envoy for the Rights of LGBTI Persons Visits Bolivia

On July 18, the first U.S. State Department Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons, Randy Berry, visited Bolivia to hold several meetings with officials and activists of the LGBTI community. The State Department created the Special Envoy position in 2015 to know more about and support the rights of LGBTI people worldwide, ...
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CDA Brennan Closes One World Futbol Donations

On November 24th CDA Brennan hosted representatives of the “Red Inter-yungueña de Futbol” (a network of communities in the the Yungas that offers competitive sports activities for youth), media, and three professional soccer players for the final donation in the “Futbol sin Fronteras” program.  The CDA presented the group with 160 indestructible One World Futbol ...
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Sports Diplomacy Delights Bolivian Youth and Media on National Soccer Envoy Tour

From November 2-7, Embassy La Paz organized a four-city sports diplomacy tour with two former national/professional U.S. Soccer players, Tony Sanneh and Zola Solamente. The Envoys, supported through ECA’s Sports United Program, conducted clinics with over 800 enthusiastic Bolivian youth at soccer schools and after-school soccer programs in at-risk neighborhoods. A true private-public partnership, Embassy ...
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DAS Lee Promotes 100,000 Strong in the Americas

As part of his trip to the city of La Paz, Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) Alex Lee visited the Binational Center, a non-profit educational and cultural organization that promotes American culture and English language teaching.  DAS Lee engaged with English students in the classroom and met with the institution’s Executive Director and the EducationUSA Adviser ...
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Bolivian and Ecuadorian Indigenous Youth Share Insights on Education

On October 29, in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in Quito, PAS – La Paz held a Digital Video Conference on education issues facing indigenous youth in both countries.  This was an informal round-table discussion in which indigenous alumni had the opportunity to share their views on limited educational opportunities, workplace advancement issues, and cultural ...
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Embassy Sponsors Indigenous Cultural Exhibition in Tiwanaku

On October 2, Cultural Affairs Officer Johanna Villalobos along with the Tiwanaku Center for the Administration of Archeological and Anthropological Investigations (CIAAAT) and the Mayor of Tiwanaku inaugurated a historical and cultural photo exhibition of the Siletz Tribe and their visit to Bolivia. The Mayor of Tiwanaku, indigenous community leaders, and La Paz government representatives ...
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Embassy Sponsors Photo Exhibit to Combat Child Labor

Embassy La Paz teamed up with the Centro Boliviano Americano (CBA) in Santa Cruz to sponsor a one month photo exhibit on child labor.     The exhibit was designed and implemented by NGO Fundación Desarrollo y Autogestión (DyA), a Department of Labor funding recipient for anti-child labor projects, and it will remain on display for ...
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Embassy Delivers U.S. Books to Community in El Alto

On September 15, CAO Johanna Villalobos donated over 200 high quality books by American authors translated into Spanish under the U.S. Embassy program, “United States and Bolivia, United in Literature.” The goal of this program is to encourage reading and improve the quality of education for children and adolescents in the 10 de Marzo community ...
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U.S. Embassy Heightens Commercial Outreach With a Series of U.S. Trade Show Visits

From August 26-28, Commercial Officer Leah Pillsbury escorted a Bolivian delegation to the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa.  This was the first time the Embassy partnered with the Department of Commerce International Buyer program to take a delegation to the largest agriculture show in the U.S. Bolivian delegates saw a wide array of tractors ...
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Summer interns offer perspective on U.S. university life

On July 17th and 18th, summer interns Nathan Eckstein, Timothy Heigl, Amaury Munoz, Hillary Tanoff, and Emily Wrigley offered their perspectives on university life through two roundtables in Santa Cruz. The first roundtable occurred at Fundacion Trabajo Empresa, with 75 university students studying business and entrepreneurship in attendance; the second roundtable took place at the ...
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Speaker Vanessa Cardenas reaches over 180 Bolivian students

On July 14th and 16th, IIP speaker Vanessa Cárdenas presented on leadership and activism as it relates to her work with immigration reform in La Paz and Cochabamba. Cárdenas is Vice President of Progress 2050, a Center for American Progress program. She discussed her Bolivian-American background, her path to fighting for immigration reform, and her ...
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Bolivian university officials to visit U.S.

Six university officials will travel to the United States on July 12th for three weeks in a program sponsored by the State Department and the U.S. Embassy, which aims to deepen their knowledge of the characteristics of U.S. higher education. The group is composed of representatives of the Tecnológica Privada de Santa Cruz (UTEPSA), Privada ...
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Embassy honors awardees attending United Space Camp and their donors

Embassy La Paz selected two Bolivian high school students from over 50 applicants to attend the Foundation for International Space Education’s United Space School for two weeks in Houston, Texas. On July 9, Post honored Andressa Camacho and Annelise Claros, both from Cochabamba. The Embassy also acknowledged the four corporate donors who sponsored the students’ ...
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Celebrating 238 Years of Independence

On Thursday, July 3rd, the U.S. Embassy in La Paz hosted a reception in celebration of Independence Day in the Embassy garden. The event welcomed over 1,000 guests, from esteemed political leaders to alumni of Embassy-sponsored English programming, and members of civil society to officials from fellow embassies. In his speech, Chargé d’Affaires Brennan highlighted ...
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Embassy’s IRC runs two-day social media Tech Camp for entrepreneurs

From June 26 to 27, Hans Mendoz, director of the Embassy’s Information and Reference Center, led a two-day “Programa del Tech Camp para Emprendedores” in Sucre aimed at educating local entrepreneurs on social media. The Program was hosted by Sucre’s Binational Center, and was in partnership with the Chuquisaca department’s Chamber of Exporters (CADEXCH). 20 ...
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Book Donation in Sucre

On June 25, Embassy staff donated over 200 high quality books by American authors translated into Spanish under the U.S. Embassy program, “Estados Unidos y Bolivia, unidos en la lectura.” The goal of this program is to encourage reading and improve the quality of education for children and adolescents in the Barrio Lindo neighborhood in ...
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American Dance Company Visits Santa Cruz and Cochabamba

The Public Affairs Section hosted Los Angeles-based dance company CONTRA-TIEMPO on a two city tour of Santa Cruz and Cochabamba from June 9-17. This program was part of CONTRA-TIEMPO’s DanceMotionUSA Latin America tour to Ecuador, Chile, and Bolivia. The program received daily TV coverage on national and local channels and reached over 1,000 participants. The ...
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Promoting Respect across Cultures and Religions

On January 25, U.S. Embassy Political Officer Sara Greengrass visited the Bi National center Centro Boliviano Americano (CBA) in the city of El Alto to talk to a group of Bolivian students about discrimination, human rights, and the importance of equality.  Ms. Greengrass highlighted  as an example the International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27) and ...
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Acquiring Skills that Lead to Educational Prospects

On October 3, the U.S. Embassy offered a workshop on interviewing skills and résumé writing to a group of young students from the city of El Alto who are currently part of the Access Micro-Scholarship Program. With the help of experts in Human Resources and other embassy volunteers, the students acquired skills that may lead ...
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Access Scholarship Recipients Receive Certificates

On November 20, U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affaires Larry L. Memmott welcomed to the Embassy 60 young Bolivians selected to receive the Access Scholarship, and their parents. During event, Mr. Memmott congratulated the students for winning the Access English language scholarships, a program serving people in over 85 countries worldwide, which currently benefits more than 95,000 ...
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