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 9,000 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.
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.
Amizade provides an excellent opportunity for cultural exchange and global service. Local people at their sites are able to learn more about American culture, while American university students have their horizons expanded and learn that many of the ideas and values they thought were universal, are limited to certain cultures. Through Amizade, people learn more about the world through service to others.