In a region torn by conflict for many of the past several decades, Amizade cooperates with organizations dedicated to Peacemaking, Reconciliation, and Youth Development. Though Belfast and the surrounding counties are safe places to visit today, the area remains scarred by decades of sectarian violence. Amizade’s Northern Ireland program offers service opportunities but focuses largely on learning from the individuals and organizations that have worked to promote peace and reconciliation there.
Amizade program participants often have opportunities to listen to traditional Irish Music, visit beautiful sites on the North Coast including the Giant’s Causeway, view or visit the pub where the Irish Republican Army was founded, and learn about local history from the individuals who made it. Organizations with which Amizade regularly cooperates for service opportunities in Northern Ireland include Corrymeela and Youth Works. Amizade volunteers serve with children, help with experiential learning activities that promote reconciliation, and assist in the maintenance of buildings at community organizations.
Amizade coordinates group programs in Northern Ireland and offers a Social Work course there through our partnership with West Virginia University.