We believe in building a more relevant, collaborative, and responsible classroom.
Amizade empowers individuals and communities through worldwide service and learning.
To create an equitable world where all people can connect freely and forge lasting friendships.
Amizade’s values are present and interconnected on any program.
- Community-Driven Service | Amizade has a 22-year record of cooperating with communities on service that local individuals and organizations define and direct. We not only cooperate with communities on issue identification, we also work collaboratively on project implementation, continuous evaluation, and regular improvements.
- Deliberate Learning | One of Amizade’s core assumptions is that context matters. We cooperate with community members and organizations to educate Amizade participants about local culture, local concerns, and local assets.
- Intercultural Immersion and Exchange | Amizade encourages connections across cultures. Through cooperative service efforts, deliberate local learning, and in some cases, homestays, Amizade experiences ensure deep learning about cultural assumptions, worldviews, and of course 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. Consideration of personal, political, and economic opportunities for enacting global citizenship provides Amizade participants with the opportunity to extend their global civic service beyond their Amizade program.
- Reflective Inquiry | All of the preceding themes are woven together through a final core Amizade value, which is reflective inquiry. The questions we face when engaged in intercultural service around the world are often difficult. And it can be challenging to stay connected to global civic engagement after a short-term experience. But Amizade believes strongly that it is important to continue asking: What is service? How have I learned from others’ cultures? What do I understand better about my own? How can I value others around the world, even from my home? What are the ways I can be a good global citizen right here? These are just a few examples, but Amizade encourages reflective inquiry throughout experiences and afterward.
While it’s not a core value in all of our programs at this stage, Amizade also believes in the ideal of Fair Trade Learning, and is actively working on engaging all our programs in such a manner.