Via Institute | Partnerships
The Institute for Community Development and Voluntourism serves as a catalyst for human development and community development. Via International has built deep relationships over many years of working with organizations and individuals around the globe. Together, they have evolved proven processes to strengthen community, support self-reliance, and expand human awareness.
Via International ~ formerly Los Niños ~ has supported community development fieldwork in the US/Mexico border region for three decades. The Mexican sister organization, Los Niños de Baja California, A.C. was founded in 1988. Together they have listened to the residents of the border communities to conduct programs in ecology, agriculture, nutrition, health, micro-credit, community outreach, and leadership education.
Via International is working with the Community Foundation of the New River Valley on a variety of collaborative programs and projects, including community dialogue initiatives such as the Global Dialogue series, the Via Scholarsprogram, food security projects, and a pilot voluntour trip to the New River region.
Universidad IberoAmericana (Mexico) and Simon Fraser University (Canada)
Together with these Universities, Via has developed a certificate program in the Formation and Education of Community Outreach Coordinators. The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) presented the program with the Canadian Award for International Cooperation 2007 - 2010. The program has support the 200+ graduates to engage in higher education, find employment in the social sector and create their own counseling enterprises.
University of San Diego
In collaboration with the Center for Community Service Learning, Via International hosts a Global Dialogue bringing leaders in international development from around the world to participate in conversation and look for alliances and solutions to the issues of our time. Via also works with the University to host student groups in Voluntour experiences in the US/Mexico border region and in Guatemala.
The Trans-Border Institute worked with Via International to conduct a research initiative of the border micro-credit program. This valuable documentation and media presentation on micro-credit serves to support educational outreach and resource development purposes.
Together with the Center for Global Volunteer Service, Via International hosts Voluntour groups to engage in practicum immersions and deepen their understanding and ability to navigate global volunteerism.
With support from the Department of Arts and Letters, Center for Latin American Studies, and the Center for International Business Education, Via coordinates Voluntour immersion programs, guest lectures across departments, and places student interns.
As a member of the San Diego Micro Finance Alliance, Via supports efforts to raise awareness of microfinance, fosters collaboration among microfinance institutions, contribute to the development of resource materials, and placesf volunteer interns.
In collaboration with the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention, the Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships, and the Institute for Policy and Governance, Via International hosts a Global Dialogue to engage international community development leaders from around the world in opportunities for exchange and educational development with student scholars, staff, and community members.
Via International collaborates with SHARE Guatemala in support of their Solidarity Tourism program, providing training to the organization in voluntourism, organizing groups to participate in service learning travel, and supporting the creation of alliances to provide additional resources for integrated rural development in Guatemala.
Collaborating with Los Niños and Kilo de Ayuda, Via is supporting the implementation of an intensive nutrition education and intervention program in Tijuana. The goal is to extend the program along the border region in an effort to assist in the eradication of malnutrition in Mexican children.
Working with Los Niños and the Fundacion Communitaria Queretaro, Via is supporting the implementation of Aventura de la Vida (Adventure in Life), a child self-esteem and development program to build capacity for healthy citizens and social engagement.
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