Volunteer with Amizade

Since its inception in 1994, Amizade has helped over 4,000 volunteers ages 13 to 79 contribute over 140,000 hours of service. Amizade continuously addresses pressing global issues by connecting volunteers with communities. Volunteers explore, serve, and better understand themselves and others. Host communities gain an improved infrastructure as well as a chance to share traditions and ideas with volunteers from another culture.
Volunteer Programs for Individuals
Over the past decade, thousands of people from the United States and abroad have participated in our volunteer programs. Past, present and future volunteers make long term sustainable development possible in our partnering communities. Amizade offers two types of volunteer opportunities for individuals:

Volunteer Programs (1 – 3 weeks) include a variety of people from different backgrounds, coming together to focus on a single, community-identified project. Each program includes a combination of volunteer service, cultural programming and recreational activities. Volunteer Programs are scheduled at various locations throughout the year.

Volunteer Placements (2 weeks & longer) are for individuals who have additional time to volunteer and are interested in a more personalized inter-cultural experience. Volunteer placements include home-stays, local language tutoring (where applicable) and are customized to the interests and capabilities of each participant. Volunteer Placements are currently available in Bolivia and Jamaica.
Volunteer Opportunities for Groups

Amizade offers a variety of group volunteer programs suitable for both small and large groups. We have over a decade of experience successfully working with high schools, colleges and universities, senior citizen groups, families and numerous community organizations. Amizade can customize programs for groups ranging from 6 – 30 participants and we offer program fee discounts.

Contact our office (volunteer@amizade.org or 412-441-6655) for more information on customizing a program for your group. We will be happy to assist you in matching your interests and abilities to one of our exciting volunteer programs. There are a total of 13 community sites available in 11 different countries. Amizade Community Partnerships >>
Alternative Breaks
Amizade can coordinate volunteer programs during spring, summer, fall and winter academic breaks to meet your Alternative Break goals. As a member of Break Away, Amizade adheres to the best practices for successful alternative break programming. With full-time, on-site staff and strong community connections, university and college administrators can be assured of high-quality, safe programs. Alternative Break programs can be scheduled for 1 week or longer at any of our community partnership locations.

High Schools
Amizade is pleased to offer a range of volunteer opportunities for high school students under the age of 18. Our programs provide unparalleled educational and community service opportunities, along with increased cultural understanding for the global leaders of tomorrow. Amizade staff members work closely with the school coordinators and chaperones to ensure a safe and quality program for all participants. We invite you to explore the potential opportunities for your students in areas such as serving the homeless in Washington DC, rebuilding historic cabins in Montana and tutoring Navajo school children in Arizona. These domestic sites are in addition to all of our exciting, international opportunities.
Family Programming
Are you planning a vacation or family reunion this summer? If so, Amizade invites you to consider the possibility of a “volunteer vacation.” You may camp and hike near Yellowstone National Park while helping restore and preserve the environment; tour the Andes Mountains or Brazilian Rainforest while building schools and mentoring children; or set off on an African wildlife safari after helping conduct AIDS research in Tanzania. The possibilities for you and your family are endless.
What are the ways I can get involved with Amizade?
There are many ways to get involved with Amizade. We offer many volunteer program options; domestic or international, short-term or long-term volunteering, and dates throughout the year. If you are interested in joining one of our volunteer or service-learning programs, please review our program information posted on this website. Service-learning programs offer the unique opportunity to receive academic credit and can be arranged for college or university courses and students. Customized volunteer programming is also available for groups of 6 or more.
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