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.

For Hosting Families, click Hosting (Northbound) to filter the results below.
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.

Host Family Orientation Meeting (first option)

Portland Mennonite Church 1312 SE 35th Ave, Portland, OR

Required attendance to one of the meetings by one parent and the host sibling for those who have not hosted through our program before. Lots of great information to make your hosting experience successful!

Host Family Orientation Meeting (second option)

Salem Mennonite Church 1045 Candlewood Dr NE, Keizer, OR

Required attendance by one parent and the host sibling for those who have not hosted through our program before. Lots of great information to make your hosting experience successful!

Costa Rican Group Arrives

Portland International Airport 7000 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR

Costa Rican group arrives 1st Session Family Pickup at Portland Airport Flight arrives at 12:15 pm - United #1938

Changeover Weekend – Host Families 1st Session Only

Change of Families Location: Shalom Prayer Center @ Fr. Bernard Youth Center 900 South Main Street Mt. Angel, OR Phone #: (503) 348-1058 Purpose: Session I Host families have lunch, watch a presentation by the group and say good-bye to your Tico/a.

Changeover Weekend – Host Families 2nd Session Only

Change of Families Location: Shalom Prayer Center @ Fr. Bernard Youth Center 900 South Main Street Mt. Angel, OR Phone #: (503) 348-1058 Purpose: Session 2 Host families have lunch, watch a presentation by the group and pick up your Tico/a.

Costa Rican Students Depart

Second session families will bring their tico/a to airport and say goodbye! It will be a very early morning, as the flight departs at 5:00 am - United #2082. Ticos need to be at the airport by 3:00 am!

Optional Informational Orientation

Wilsonville Public Library-Rose Room 8200 SW Wilsonville Rd, Wilsonville, OR

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

Getting to Know You Orientation

South Salem High School 1910 Church Street SE, Salem, Oregon

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.

Travel Application Due Date

Travel Applications due. All aspects of the application must be completed for an application to be accepted. Application and instructions can be found at: https://www.partnersorcr.com/travel-instructions/#travelapply

Payment 1 due

Please make your 1st payment by this day. Remember, if you need financial assistance, fill out the application found on our website.

Orientation

Mandatory orientation via Zoom

Orientation

Mandatory orientation via Zoom

All-day Orientation

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All-day Orientation at Canby Grove. Please bring assigned documents. Lunch will be provided

Orientation

Mandatory orientation via Zoom

Departure to Costa Rica

Portland International Airport 7000 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR

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

Return of Students to Oregon

Portland International Airport 7000 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR

Travelers will return 4 weeks after departure date (+/- 1 day).

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