The Heart of Appalachia

Watch beautiful, inspiring, and surprising narratives from the Heart of Appalachia.

In the last four years, the U.S. Department of State sponsored a group of Fulbright Students to participate in a week-long service-learning program led by Amizade in Williamson WV. What you find here on this page are beautiful, inspiring, and surprising narratives captured during their program. A storytelling project by Amizade, in partnership with the Williamson Health and Wellness Center, featuring voices of The Fulbright Program participants.

The Heart of Appalachia, Chapter 4 (2019)

Back in May, a group of 12 international students from the Fulbright Program joined Amizade in a unique excursion into the Appalachian culture in Williamson, West Virginia. While serving and learning with our partner Williamson Health and Wellness Center, scholars and community ambassadors shared a moment of reflection in which both could shred common stereotypes and explore mutual particularities never once imagined.

The Heart of Appalachia, Chapter 3 (2018)

In May 2018, Fulbright Foreign Students interview community members of Williamson, WV during a service-learning trip to Appalachia with Amizade. The testimonials captured during that journey shed light on life in rural areas of the U.S., unveiling a new side of the country to visitors.

The Heart of Appalachia, Chapter 2 (2017)

In April 2017, twelve Fulbrighters engaged with Amizade in a week-long service-learning project in Williamson, West Virginia, an Appalachian community with valuable lessons to share about sustainability, perseverance, and revitalization. Learn what this group of volunteers experienced as they dove into the heart of Appalachia through this six-minute video.

The Heart of Appalachia Chapter 1 (2016)

This is a story of transformation and empowerment in the heart of Appalachia. Download and read this digital book created by Amizade, in which you’ll find beautiful, inspiring, and surprising narratives captured by passionate storytellers from the Fulbright Program during their experience of service and learning in Williamson, WV.

Read the digital book published this year.