All of Amizade’s Open Group Opportunities

by Melissa Nix

In 2023, Amizade is offering several travel programs that are open to individuals and families. If you’ve always wanted to travel with Amizade —or travel again if you’re an alum— your chance is finally here!

Keep reading below for more details. We’re even offering $200 discounts for early registration, so check out the programs and secure your spot.


Reflective Practice Retreat in Ecuador | May 16-20, 2023

Join us for a 5-day global service learning program in Ecuador and gain skills to manage students, conduct reflective practice activities, and build ethical community partnerships. This will act as an experiential window into what a global service-learning course looks like on the ground. It will be designed to ensure that each participant has opportunities to learn from community members who host students, participate in a global service-learning experience, reflect appropriately, direct open conversations, and report back.

Who it’s for: This program is for educators and other professionals who lead or plan to lead global engagement experiences and want to improve or develop their skills as facilitators.


June in Northern Italy | June 1-14, 2023

Visit the beautiful Dolomites of Northeastern Italy with Amizade’s trusted partner Dolomit. Join local volunteers and NGOs in a service project, learn about Italian and European culture and society through the lenses of social activism and community work, and explore the natural and cultural landmarks of this unique environmentally and culturally diverse region.

Who it’s for: This program is for current college and university students, gap year students, and recent graduates (minimum age 18) who are looking for community-driven service opportunities, time in nature, and exposure to a vibrant local culture.


Family Program in Ecuador | July 15-22, 2023

This week-long experience is open to and designed for families. Our partner, Nido de Vida, is excited to host families in an experience that explores rural Ecuadorian culture in the north western transitional region of the country. This experience focuses on learning about local history, traditions and activities, and exploring the natural world. Families should expect a physical experience that includes walking, hiking in forests and pasturelands, and swimming.

Who it’s for: This is a program for families who enjoy being active in the outdoors. We suggest that children be at least 8 years of age. However, this is only a suggestion, and we look to parents to make the final decision.

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Open Program in Bolivia | July 29-August 12, 2023

This two-week program includes one week of hands-on service on a building project in the hills outside of Cochabamba, followed by a week of sightseeing and cultural exploration in the city. Participants will work alongside local community members and dive into Bolivian culture through community events, cultural and historical presentations by local experts, sightseeing excursions, and delicious meals.

Who it’s for: This program is open to individuals, couples, families, and groups of friends of all ages who would like to participate in a community-driven service project and experience Bolivia’s vibrant culture.