Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru inaugurate the Youth Volunteer Program of the Pacific Alliance 2023

July 14, 2023.- On Wednesday, July 5, the member countries of the Pacific Alliance, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru jointly inaugurated the Youth Volunteer Program of the Pacific Alliance 2023, in order to generate a space for common participation and integration among the selected volunteers.

The inauguration of the Program was attended by the national director of the National Youth Institute of Chile, Juan Pablo Duhalde; the coordinator of South and Triangular Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, Lina Marcela Puentes; the presidential advisor for Youth, Colombia Joven, Gabriela Posso Restrepo; the general director of the Mexican Youth Institute, Guillermo Rafael Santiago Rodríguez; and the national secretary of Youth of Peru, Luis Humberto Ñañez.

During the opening event, the young participants were very enthusiastic and emphasized that being Pacific Alliance volunteers is “an opportunity to structurally understand the problems of the region and face them from our cultures”.

The Youth Volunteer Program of the Pacific Alliance 2023, face-to-face modality, seeks to give continuity to the efforts to promote experiential exchange through activities that form solidarity behaviors in young people, which have a positive impact on society, taking into account that youth is a key player in the region.

This year, the program is being developed through four projects, one for each country: Chile’s project, Youth Activists: feminism and memory; Colombia’s project, Environmental Volunteering: Youth Weaving Agroecologies for Peace; Mexico’s project, “Voluntad Joven: De Juventudes y Chinampas”; and Peru’s project, A-Gente de Cambio: Promotion of mental health of adolescents and their community.

Depending on the dates of each project, volunteers must travel to the city/country of the project for which they were selected, since the execution of volunteer activities will last up to 20 days.

It should be noted that this year, the program received a total of 1,785 applications from young people from the four countries.

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