Partners of the Americas Events Listing

You can find all the events and important dates for Partners of the Americas Hosting Families and Traveling Students below. If you would like to see just those events that affect your family, please use the links below.

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For Traveling Students, click Student Traveling (Southbound) to filter the results below.

Please Note:

We want to do the best job we can of preparing you for your experience as a Partners traveler. In order to do so we require your attendance and full participation at orientations. Aside from the Informational Session, all other orientations are MANDATORY.

Parents are welcome to attend the January Informational Orientation. One parent for each student is REQUIRED to attend the June Parent and Student Orientation. All other orientations are students only.

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May 2016

Final Payment Due

May 13, 2016


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February 2017

Application-Priority Deadline

February 10, 2017
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Absolute Application Deadline

February 17, 2017

If 40 applications have been received prior to Feb 17, additional applications will not be considered

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July 2017

Change of Families in Costa Rica

July 15, 2017 - July 16, 2017

Change of Families in Costa Rica

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January 2018

Information Orientation

January 27, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Information Orientation for interested travelers & parents – Southern Oregon Time: 2:00 - 4:00 Location: TBD Contact Jane Rubio @ 541-659-5515 if interested.

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February 2018

Chaperone Interviews

February 25, 2018

Will be held prior to or after Student Travel Orientation The date, time and location are tentative. Please check back for updated information.

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December 2018

Ticos Arrival in Oregon- First Session Families ONLY.

December 8, 2018 @ 10:00 pm - 10:30 pm

*FIRST SESSION FAMILIES ONLY* Ticos are flying via Mexico City this year. Arrival is expected at 10:05 PM. Keep a watch on the flight tracker. Meet in baggage claim near international arrivals. Please check in with Lauren upon arrival at the airport.

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January 2019

Chaperone Applications Due

January 15, 2019

Postmarked or emailed by January 15, 2019

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Optional Informational Orientation- Salem

January 20, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St. SE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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Optional Informational Orientation Salem Public Library Anderson Room B

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April 2019

Group Presentation Learning Session

April 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dance with Joy Studios, 8051 SE16th Avenue
Portland, OR 97202

Group Presentation Learning Session REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICANTS The date, time and location are tentative. Please check back for updated information.

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June 2019

Parent/Student Final Orientation

June 2, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
South Salem High School, 1910 Church Street SE
Salem, Oregon 97302

Parent/Student Final Orientation REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICANTS   Applicants will practice the Thank You Presentation from 11:30-1:30. Parents are required to attend the orientation from 1:30-3:30 with their traveler.  

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February 2020

Optional Informational Orientation

February 2, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wilsonville Public Library-Rose Room, 8200 SW Wilsonville Rd
Wilsonville, OR United States

Learn about the 4 or 8 week exchange program from program volunteers and former travelers. Details about the program and application process will be discussed. We look forward to seeing you there! Pura Vida

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Travel Application Due Date

February 15, 2020

Travel Applications due. All aspects of the application must be completed for an application to be accepted. Application and instructions can be found at:

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Getting to Know You Orientation

February 23, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
South Salem High School, 1910 Church Street SE
Salem, Oregon 97302

Getting to Know You Orientation REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICANTS Lunch Provided During this orientation, potential travelers will participate in a variety of group activities to get to know each other and the Partners of the Americas committee will get to know students and begin to assess their suitability to travel with the program.

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March 2020

Student Interviews Orientation

March 15, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
South Salem High School, 1910 Church Street SE
Salem, Oregon 97302

Student Interviews Orientation REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICANTS Bring your own lunch!

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April 2020

Thank-You Presentation Practice

April 5, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Date is tentative.

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May 2020

Overnight Orientation

May 16, 2020 @ 11:00 am - May 17, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
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Overnight Orientation Please bring your lunch and other assigned documents.

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June 2020

Final Orientation/Parent Meeting

June 7, 2020
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Departure to Costa Rica

June 20, 2020

Tentative departure to Costa Rica. Exact date will be determined in the spring. The date may change if school years are extended.

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August 2020

Return of Students to Oregon

August 15, 2020
Portland International Airport, 7000 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97218 United States
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Travelers will return 8 weeks after departure date (+/- 1 day).

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