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Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania 15222
USA
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Programs: Amizade offers programs for individual volunteers and also customizes programs for groups (colleges, church groups, families, etc). Program sites include Barbados, Brazil, Bolivia, Ghana, Tanzania, Northern Ireland,Trinidad & Tobago, India, Germany, Poland, Jamaica, Mexico and several regions of the United States (Washington, DC; Navajo Nation). Program lengths vary from one week to three months.  The service component is determined by the local community, and may include manual work (such as construction), tutoring, or cultural exchange. Past projects have included the construction of a health clinic in the Brazilian Amazon, tutoring children in the Navajo Nation, and supporting a women's nonprofit organization in Tanzania.  

Mission:
Amizade (pronounced ah-mee-za-jee) empowers individuals and communities through service and learning worldwide. Amizade offers alternative travel programs as well as courses for college credit that combine education, community service and recreation.

Since 1994, Amizade has placed over 5,000 volunteers at service sites throughout the world. 

Programs are rooted in Amizade''s core values: 

Community-Driven Service: Amizade works collaboratively with communities to identify issues, implement projects and evaluate outcomes.

Deliberate Learning: We cooperate with community members and organizations to educate participants about local culture, local concerns, and local assets.

Intercultural Immersion and Exchange: Amizade experiences ensure deep learning about cultural assumptions, worldviews, and the concerns and happiness that we all hold in common.

Consideration of Global Citizenship: Amizade invites all participants to reflect on fundamental human equality and how we might each work to build a world where human life is treated more equally across traditional cleavages of ethnicity, nation, class, or gender.

Reflective Inquiry: Amizade encourages reflective inquiry to encourage participants to stay connected to global civic engagement after a short-term experience.
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11/30/12
I traveled to Cochabamba, Bolivia with Amizade in December 2011. Myself & 5 other volunteers helped to further the construction of a community center and visited an orphanage (on New Years Day no less--it was the most inspiring and beautiful way to kick off the new year). We met so many amazing ... more »
11/30/12
I served as a faculty member for an Amizade trip this summer. it was an incredible experience (for me AND my students)! Amizade's staff could not have been more supportive, helpful, thorough, and generally amazing. Amizade's values for global education and engagement were so powerful and consistent... more »
11/27/12
What a fabulous trip! From the moment we landed in Arizona until we arrived back home, it was an experience of a lifetime. I traveled with several students to Tuba City, Arizona. Our goal was to help the Moenkopi Senior Center on the Hopi Reservation. My students pulled weeds, shoveled dirt, all... more »
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