The chapters have hopes for expanding the partnership through entrepreneurship-based exchanges and endowed youth travel exchanges.\ "We will continue to collaborate as we have been doing for the last 50 years and we will create new projects that will benefit the people of Minnesota and Uruguay," Maria Gilda Battagliese, Uruguay Partners chapter president, said.Pioneer Public Television’s new documentary "Hello Montevideo" explores the relationship between two cities with the same name that, although are on different continents and of greatly differing sizes, have been Sister Cities for over 100 years.Produced by award-winning filmmaker Dana Johnson and partially funded through a grant from Partners of the Americas (Partners), the documentary compares the 5,000-person Montevideo, Minnesota to Uruguay’s 1 million-person capital, illuminating how a Sister City friendship developed into a lasting partnership.Few public spaces in Uruguay are equipped to accommodate wheelchairs.
But a lively give-and-take has endured between these two cities that defies explanation.
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High schoolers learn about their similarities and differences through Skype conversations and Uruguayan teachers travel to Minnesota through Partners grants to educate students about their culture.
“The idea of connecting with another culture, learning another language, seeing the world through the eyes of another country is really essential,” Patrick Moore, Director of the governing board of the Minnesota-Uruguay Partners chapter, said.C.-based Partners of the Americas, a network of the 60-some partnerships that the Montevideos joined in 1965. It's amazing the impact they've had in their communities." For Uruguayan diplomats such as Nury Bauzan, the consul general based in Chicago, coming to Montevideo last week ended 20 years of wondering what this place was about.