The 2014 Winter Olympics: Sochi Edition

The 22nd Winter Olympics got started Friday in Sochi, Russia, the first Olympics held in the Russian Federation since the breakup of the USSR in 1991. During the games, there will be 98 events in 15 different winter sports, with 12 new competitions, including: biathlon mixed relay, women’s ski jumping, mixed-team figure skating, mixed-team luge, half-pipe skiing, ski and snowboard slopestyle and snowboard parallel slalom.

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Congratulations!

Rebecca Gailey

Amizade is proud to announce that 3 people in the Amizade family have recently been awarded funding from The AllPeopleBeHappy Foundation. Congratulations Becky, Sam, and Micah, we look forward to sharing updates on all of your projects!

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Meredith in Brazil

When I met Nathan at the Study Abroad Fair at Duquesne University, it took him 5 minutes and 7 pictures of the Amazon and Tapajos Rivers to convince me that I needed to spend a little time there. Brazil has always intrigued me, but it always seemed so far away, difficult to get to, and expensive. But after Nathan laid out the program to me, I thought, this was my chance to live on the Amazon, with a Brazilian family, learning Portuguese from locals.

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Summer Service in Santarem

Amizade volunteers and Brazilian nursing students

In May of 2013, students from West Virginia University Honors College traveled to Santarem, Brazil with Amizade Global Service-Learning. While in Brazil the students learned about the challenges of providing health care in the Amazon region and even spent 5 days on a river boat visiting and serving Quilombo river communities. Thank you Nikul, Cameron and Kartik for sharing your experience with us!

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Why Pay to Volunteer?

One of the questions I posed to Nathan Darity – Amizade’s Creative Director – the first time I talked to him to talk about an individual volunteer placement in Santarém, Brazil, a city I had never heard of before, was “Why would I need to pay to volunteer?” It seemed so counter-intuitive.

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