Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Pittsburgh flagLocation | Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Service Opportunities | Neighborhood Revitalization, Food security, Youth Engagement, Walking Tours of “forced displacement” (gentrification) in the Hill District neighborhood, and speakers on the history and evolution of Gentrification in Pittsburgh
Cultural and Recreational Highlights | Primanti Bros., Historic Incline, Heinz History Center, The Andy Warhol Museum, The Museum of Natural History and Art, Phipps Conservatory, The Cathedral of Learning, Point State Park

Program Overview

Home to Amizade’s central office, the Pittsburgh site experience is anchored in the social network of Amizade staff, interns, and affiliates who draw participants into meaningful engagement with the urban environment. After nearly two decades as a service-learning provider, Amizade launched the Pittsburgh site in response to growing international interest in US-based service-learning opportunities. In partnerships with local non-profits committed to civic engagement, Amizade volunteers will experience a city in the midst of broad revitalization, and will gain perspective into the complicated impact of the industrial revolution. 

For the majority of the 20th century Pittsburgh was an industrial city, producing nearly 50% of the nation’s steel. The population peaked at more than half a million before the collapse of the steel industry in the 1980s that triggered a decades-long recession. Today, Pittsburgh’s stable, smaller population relies on a re-envisioned services economy comprised of universities, hospitals, and small start-up companies. While the low cost of housing, ample green space, and resilient arts and culture offerings make Pittsburgh one of the nation’s most livable cities, Amizade asks participants to partner with the social sector that struggles to confront the city’s generational poverty, glaring racial disparities, and a rapidly aging population.

Lodging Local Homestays, Hotels
Food American cuisine consists of many international food traditions. Common breakfasts include cereal, bread, pancakes, eggs, potatoes, and red meat. Lunch is generally a medium sized meal – e.g. sandwiches. Dinner is traditionally the largest meal of the day and ranges from pasta to burritos.
Flights All flights come into Pittsburgh International Airport with connections to all major US airports
Visa US citizens – No visa required
Non US citizens – see country specific requirements here.
Closest Airport Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)

Our Community Partners

With Amizade’s headquarters in Pittsburgh, we are eager to share our home city with volunteers from across the country and around the world. Amizade’s seeks lasting local partnerships to diversify and strengthen local Fair Trade Learning impact. Amizade has the unique opportunity to personalize its Fair Trade Learning mission in Pittsburgh as active members of the community.

The Hill House Association is located in Pittsburgh’s historical African-American neighborhood, The Hill District. The Hill house has been a staple in the Hill District Community since the early 1900s when it served as a settling house for European and Jewish immigrants. Today the Hill House Association serves the Hill District through community engagement projects, and family and workforce development. 
Ujamaa Collective works to create spaces for Women of the African Diaspora to grow as entrepreneurs, artists, and community leaders. They have accomplished this through their Hill District boutique, open-air marketplace events, health and wealth initiatives and cooperative business support provided to their members. 
Grow Pittsburgh strives to educate communities on the value of gardening, through educational programming and urban gardens, located throughout Pittsburgh and the Allegheny county area. Grow Pittsburgh is attacking hunger and food security through community empowerment and education. 
Just Harvest is a Pittsburgh based non-profit that aims to eliminate hunger by fighting for equal access to healthy food. They also work to ensure that government policies fairly and appropriately address the needs of poor and working-class families. 
Youth Opportunities Development or YODA was founded in 2012 in response to the growing violence in Clariton, P.A.  The steel mill, and main employment source, is currently functioning at only 15% capacity. This has resulted in  a steady decline in the population, as people continue to leave in search of better opportunities. YODA works to empower the youth of Clariton through education and mentoring programs. 
The mission of the Greater Pittsburgh food Bank is to feed people in need and mobilize the community in order to eliminate hunger. 
 

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Resources

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Readings

Stay Engaged!

A Little Can Go a Long Way

This blog post was written by Amizade volunteer Michelle Carfagno, an undergraduate student at Cornell University, and presents impressions of…

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Nina’s Here to Stay!

Join us in celebrating our new Assistant Program Coordinator, Nina DelPrato.  Nina is no stranger to Amizade, however.  As the…

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20 Years Time: While The Pirates Were Losing, The World Was Winning

On October 14, 1992 – the fateful end of the last Pirates winning season – the communities that Amizade works with looked very differently than they do today. In Brazil, the average person lived on less than a dollar per day. In Ghana, the community had no electricity, paved roads, or running water. The internet, ATMs, and cell phones didn’t exist at all in Tanzania, the GDP growth rate was nonexistent, swing, with bombings and targeted murders a weekly experience. To some of Amizade’s communities, 20 years ago wasn’t much different than 100 years ago.

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English Language and Culture in Pittsburgh

Amizade participants from Brazil tour Pittsburgh

One can read hundreds of quotations and advice about the benefits of travel, using the world as your classroom and venturing outside your comfort zone. But what happens when you have the privilege of meeting others from around the world…right in your own backyard?

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From Ireland to the U.S.A.

Participants from Northern Ireland in New York City

As I waited in JFK airport for my group to arrive after their long journey from Belfast to New York City, I wondered how I would recognize them as they sauntered through the doorway. Then the light bulb went off, and I realized from this point forward I would know these guys from their strong Northern Irish accents and their gregarious conversations.

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Healthy and Safety

As you or your loved one prepares to serve with Amizade in Pittsburgh, you can rest comfortably with the knowledge that Amizade has an exceptionally strong safety record and ability to respond to any emerging challenges.