Plan a program in Trinidad & Tobago with Amizade
Our partnership with incredible NGOs allow participants to learn about local conservation efforts, the island’s biodiversity, identity, and culture.
From urban and industrial Port of Spain to rural Matelot and Matura, participants will have the opportunity to explore issues of conservation, climate change, and community development while learning more about Trinidad’s history and diversity. Through Amizade’s community partnerships, participants will hear directly from those impacted by environmental changes as well as those working to maintain their cultural heritage in rapidly changing environments.
Location: Port of Spain, Matelot, Matura, in Trinidad
Service Opportunities: Support reforestation and sustainability efforts in urban and rural areas; participate in the restoration of coastline, local hiking trails and access roads; contribute to social service provision in Port of Spain
HOW TO PLAN A PROGRAM
We pride ourselves in creating mutually empowering and safe global service-learning programs. This means that when you develop an experience with Amizade, you’re building a responsible, intentional, and community driven service-learning program. Programs typically have three phases: (1) pre-immersion, (2) immersion, and (3) re-entry. Amizade works with you in all three phases to develop your program, including to build curriculum, itineraries, budgets, evaluation, follow-up, and sustainability.
The first step in building your program is to have a chat with us. We’re a people-powered organization, which means a little less tech and a little more human conversation. Send us an email, give us a ring or fill out this form to initiate the start of your journey.
Once we’re all feeling good about a potential collaboration and have a clear, co-created vision, Amizade and its partners submit a proposal to you. The proposal will include an overview of what you might be engaging in, a draft itinerary, health and safety information, and a transparent line-item budget.
After the proposal is agreed on, we send over a digital contract. This includes important legal and financial considerations. After a signed contract and a non-refundable $1,000 deposit are submitted, we can officially lock in your dates and begin the process of preparing for your program.
This phase includes pre-departure orientations (we mandate at least one with our staff), learning about the process of travel, culture, service, and the community you are visiting. This is also when family and community sensitization takes place, as well as any relevant coursework. Often this is when we see group bonding start, comfort zones being extended, and new challenges (as well as some nerves and excitement).
This is the travel phase. Community engagement, reflective practice, academic inquiry, and exploration all should be taking place at this time. All of our programs are a mixture of service, workshops, and cultural and recreational activities. Participants will step out of their comfort zones, try new things, engage complex issues, be introduced to new networks and ideas, and bond. Often this can be a very disrupting, inspiring, and transformational experience.
After a transformative experience, we sometimes can fall right back into the grind of life when we return home. It can be tough, isolating, and confusing. Re-entry is perhaps the most important phase for determining what kind of neighbor – the very person – you become. It’s also the easiest to ignore. In this phase, there should be serious reflection, advocacy, support systems, and/or a plan for community engagement, or social action. Depending on the design and funding of your program, Amizade can help create a plan and opportunities for participants.
Since 1994 we have been thought leaders and pioneers in developing best practices in responsible global service-learning, study abroad, and solidarity-building volunteering experiences. We work with:
Universities (faculty-led, alternative break, and semester abroad)
Community and Religious Groups
Fondes Amandes Community Reforestation Project is a community based non-governmental organization which began in 1982. This organization started as a movement of community members working together to eradicate the annual threat of forest fires within the Fondes Amandes watershed.
DORCAS WOMEN'S GROUP
The Dorcas Women’s Group (Matelot) was formed to promote the interest and welfare of the community by fostering spiritual, cultural, recreational, educational, social, and environmental activities .
Nature Seekers is a non-profit organization dedicated to environmental conservation, particularly around the protection of leatherback sea turtles.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO TEAM
Find a sample itinerary of activities for groups in Trinidad & Tobago.