Virtual Service-Learning

Inspiring empathy, catalyzing social action, and linking diverse communities—from home.

Amizade’s work relies heavily on travel and in-person connection to build networks and inspire individuals, and right now, that isn’t possible. The COVID-19 outbreak has been an incredibly stressful and heartbreaking experience for us, as we know it has been for so many. However, it also brought us an opportunity to look to the core of our mission, reach out across our network, and search for innovative ways to make the world a more just and joyful place. 

From this unprecedented time came a new way to share global service-learning experiences—we’re proud to introduce you to Amizade VSL: Virtual Service Learning. As we practice physical distancing, connecting with the world has become more important than ever before. We’re not trying to replace hands-on, community-based programming, but we designed this experience to be similarly affordable, accessible, intimate, engaging, and powerful.

 

We're honored to share the following opportunities

Customized opportunities for groups.

VSL OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROUPS

Internship opportunities for individuals

VIRTUAL INTERNSHIP PLACEMENTS

THE PLATFORM

When you participate in our VSL course, you’ll interact in real-time with Amizade staff and site directors, learn from leaders of community organizations, and engage in thought-provoking discussions and activities. Even though you won’t travel, you’ll leave with a better understanding of both your Amizade site and your own community. 

WHO IT'S FOR

High school, university and community groups, and individuals. If you were planning to travel with Amizade already and those plans were sadly canceled, VSL is for you. If you’re a teacher or professor looking for online learning opportunities for your students, VSL is for you. If you’re a curious, empathetic individual looking for a meaningful way to pass the time at home, VSL is for you too!

WHAT WE'RE OFFERING

We’ve designed a variety of courses and modules, featuring different sites and themes. Some modules can be downloaded and completed independently, others will require a facilitator. In most cases, the modules within each program can be customized to meet your group’s needs.

SITE-SPECIFIC PROGRAMS

These programs last for between one week and 10 weeks with up to 3 hours of real-time interaction per day, plus additional individual service activities. These programs focus on one Amizade site, where participants will dive into local issues with their site director and community members. These programs include at least one Amizade facilitator who will lead the group in several daily activities, as well as presentations on related topics from content experts.

THEME PROGRAMS

These programs last for between one week and 10 weeks with up to 3 hours of real-time interaction per day, plus additional individual service activities. These programs focus on one Amizade site, where participants will dive into local issues with their site director and community members. These programs include at least one Amizade facilitator who will lead the group in several daily activities, as well as presentations on related topics from content experts.

MORE DETAILS

For groups: Our programs are available for groups of 5-15 participants. Your group will choose a program based around one of the following sites: England, Italy, or Appalachia (more sites coming soon) or a theme. Please contact us at least two weeks in advance of your desired program start date.

For individuals: Amizade is offering a few programs that are open to anyone ages 15 and up. The group size will be no more than 10 participants. Check back soon for more information on program dates and fees.

Tools and technologies used in this course:

LEARN MORE ABOUT VSL WITH AMIZADE

Amizade is looking forward to having you in one of our virtual service-learning programs.
Fill out the form below to request more information from our team or to start planning your VSL experience with us.