English Language, Culture, And Service In Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh area attractions include local sporting events, city tours, the historic incline, university campus activities, visits to world famous museums including the Andy Warhol museum and the Carnegie museums, the Strip District- Pittsburgh’s famous neighborhood market, programs may also include day trips to surrounding areas.
The program also includes a rural excursion weekend in the mountains of Morgantown, West Virginia, and an urban excursion weekend in New York City or Washington, D.C.
Come to the United States to study English and experience U.S. culture through a service-learning program that couples formal classroom study with community-driven service activities in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The dialectic-classroom portion of the program features 60 hours of ESL instruction. Classes are taught by certified ESL instructors from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education, and meet daily, from Monday through Friday, for three hours. Amizade limits this program to 12 students to ensure high-quality, student-centered learning. Students are evaluated on the first day of class and divided into beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels.
The living-classroom portion of the program is a unique product of Amizade’s Fair Trade Learning philosophy, and aims to leverage language learning opportunities in the service of our social mission. Each day program participants are paired with Amizade’s local institutional partners for regular volunteer service. Amizade’s staff and interns directly accompany participants in the service setting. In this way, the program offers an intensely experiential approach to learning. Working collaboratively gives program participants an unparalleled opportunity to build relationships with Pittsburgh residence and learn about the city from the ground-up. Conversational learning opportunities are thus embedded into the structure of the program. Community-driven service allows the participant to go beyond learning, and challenges them as global citizens to contribute to the Pittsburgh region and return home with an enhanced capacity to engage.
The living-classroom portion extends beyond the community-driven service into the remaining structure of the program. Participants will live in homestays, visit Pittsburgh’s ample tourist attractions and cultural institutions, will travel to the nearby mountains of West Virginia, and will spend a weekend in either Washington DC or New York City.
Program Fees & Expenses
Program Fee Includes:
60 hours of ESL instruction
Contribution to local service effort
Three meals per day
Local Transportation during program
Rural weekend excursion (camping trip, and forest canopy tour)
Urban weekend excursion (NYC or Washington DC)
Multiple educational, cultural and service activities
Comprehensive Travel Insurance
Continuous support from local site director
Additional Program Related Expenses:
Airfare to Pittsburgh, PA and other travel related expenses
Applicable passport or visa fees
Supplemental meals or snacks
Personal spending money