September 2014

Amizade helps foster Ujamaa and KVDPA partnership

Amizade helps foster Ujamaa and KVDPA partnership

Besides empowering individuals and communities through worldwide service and learning…

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20 photos for 20 years: Amizade celebrates two decades

20 photos for 20 years: Amizade celebrates two decades

Amizade was officially incorporated 20 years ago today. Amizade is the brainchild of founder Daniel Weiss; the result of never-ending efforts by communities around the world; and it is an ongoing global movement by over 7,000 volunteers, staff, and board members. Amizade will mark its 20 years with its Celebration and Fundraiser event on November 1. But for today, we here at Amizade scoured the archives and found 20 pictures from our vibrant 20 year history, ranging from epic, funny, bizarre, and beyond. We hope you enjoy and we will see you on November 1!

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Amizade shares coworking space success with Mayor’s roundtable

Amizade shares coworking space success with Mayor’s roundtable

PITTSBURGH— Amizade’s Executive Director Brandon Blache-Cohen recently presented at Pittsburgh…

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Amizade 20th Anniversary

Amizade 20th Anniversary

Amizade is turning 20 and we want to celebrate with YOU!
The Amizade 20th Anniversary Celebration & Fundraiser brings together the Amizade Board, staff, alumni, supporters, and Site Directors from around the world for a celebration of 20 years of friendship, learning, and service.

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Building The Global Switchboard

Building The Global Switchboard

On May 1, 2014, The Global Switchboard will open its doors to Pittsburgh. But, to make this incredible project a reality, we need YOUR help! From walls and paint to desks, chairs, and more, we need your support to help complete the space!

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Global Switchboard Project Opening May 2014

Global Switchboard Project Opening May 2014

PITTSBURGH, Pa., March 18, 2014 – A shared building space called The Global Switchboard will open in May 2014 in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood as a way to bring together the region’s internationally-focused individuals and organizations by providing office and event facilities to encourage collaboration and potential partnerships.

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

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

English Language and Culture in 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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Becoming an Intern at Amizade

Becoming an Intern at Amizade

When people ask for me to tell them about Amizade, I still stutter and stumble sometimes. It’s because I know of no precedent with which to compare the organization. I sometimes say things like, “Its like study-abroad, but…” or “We send people to volunteer in communities around the world, but…”, etc. That (very important) caveat centers around Amizade’s intent to empower communities and ensure that they benefit from a partnership.

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