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"My Amizade experience was simultaneously deeply humbling and greatly inspiring, in that I was able to recognize both my own limits and misconceptions as well as ways to start making a conscious change in myself for the better. Bolivia is the poorest country in South America, and witnessing that kind of poverty challenged me to look at my own life and try to identify ways in which to better myself and the way I live within the context of our decidedly globalized world; which I believe is something we could all greatly benefit from."—Alanna Markle (Bolivia)
Amizade is a nonprofit organization that connects volunteers with community-led service opportunities in 13 communities in 11 countries. Our volunteers make a difference working on community projects alongside local residents, explore the countryside and customs of a new place, and build lasting friendships across cultures.
We have partnerships with community and nonprofit organizations in Bolivia, Brazil, Jamaica, Mexico, Auschwitz (Poland), Northern Ireland, Ghana, Tanzania, the Navajo Nation (Arizona and New Mexico), and Washington, DC. In recent years, Amizade volunteers have worked with community members to convert a stable into classrooms for 200 students in rural Bolivia, renovated two Brazilian community centers serving 300 families, installed water tanks in Tanzania, tutored elementary school students in the Navajo Nation, and helped run a summer camp in Jamaica.
Since our founding over 17 years ago, 4,500 Amizade volunteers have provided more than 100,000 hours of meaningful service. We schedule regular week-long group volunteer experiences that are open to any interested adult. We also customize volunteer placements for individuals traveling alone and offer customized programs for groups of 6 or more. Our programs offer a mix of community service and educational, cultural, and recreational activities, offering our volunteers a unique opportunity to participate first hand in the culture of the region where they are working.
Amizade strives to empower individuals and communities through worldwide service and learning. We do this through our five core values of (1) Community-Driven Service (2) Deliberative Learning (3) Intercultural Immersion and Exchange (4) Consideration of Global Citizenship and (5) Reflective Inquiry.
Examples of locations to serve:
Examples of Programs (Individual & Group)
We offer different types of programs to cater to individual’s needs and preferences:
Dates & Duration of Trips
We offer many different trips of varying lengths throughout the year. For Service Learning Courses:
(Individual Placement and Group Programs can be customized for dates that suite your schedule)
Cost & Funding
Program costs vary depending on the travel location:
All programs include food and lodging, local educational, cultural and recreational activities, local transportation (Programs in the Navajo Nation do not include local transportation.), and a local site director. General community sites and program fees are available online. Open-group and service-learning courses range from $849 to $12,000 for semester long programs. Cost includes lodging and meals for the duration of your program as well as multiple field trips/excursions, comprehensive travel insurance and credit cost for Service-Learning Courses. They encourage participants to fund raise through the Amizade website.
If you are a student going on a Service-Learning Course there may be additional financial aid resources available to you.
For more information feel free to explore the Amizade website, and you can contact them at anytime with any of your questions.
"Explore, Serve & Understand"—Amizade
For more information contact youngadultservice @ uua.org.
This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations.
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Last updated on Wednesday, February 1, 2012.
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