January 2012

Finally!

Our first post! We anticipated this coming much sooner, but they days always seem to get away from us. We landed safely on Jan 3rd, and were met by Mr. Brown, our onsite coordinator, at the airport. We loaded the bus and headed to Petersfield! The ride was quite the experience for our students, as the traffic and winding roads left some students at the edge of their seat. Once we arrived, we had an orientation to the program, met members of the local community, and were treated to our first Jamaican meal.

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Jamaica, here we come!

Jamaica, here we come!

In early January, 2012, a group of university students from Keene State College in New Hampshire will travel to Petersfield, Jamaica to serve and learn with Amizade’s community partners in Jamaica. Follow along on their adventure on their blog, https://amizade.org/volunteer/keene-state.

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Amizade Expands!

Amizade Expands!

Amizade is proud to announce that, for the first time in 8 years, we are expanding to two new countries: India and Trinidad and Tobago! In Trinidad, Amizade will be partnering with the small fishing community of Matelot, working to tackle a range of environmental issues including preservation of the coastline, maintaining local hiking trails and working on conservation efforts for the leather back turtle population. In India, Amizade will be working on leadership development in the southern Tamil Nadu region.

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Tutoring English, meeting the President and enjoying life in Bolivia

Tutoring English, meeting the President and enjoying life in Bolivia

Out of all the programs he has participated in, Tom Murphy’s recent trip to Bolivia was his “best trip by far!” After traveling on three different Amizade programs, Tom Murphy is a well versed Amizade alumni and friend, he previously participated in programs to Poland and the Navajo Nation. In October, Tom traveled with Amizade on a Road Scholar program and had the privilege of spending two weeks in beautiful Bolivia.

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Our Safari across Tanzania

Our Safari across Tanzania

I’m sitting in our comfortable bed in the Sleep Inn Hotel in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania’s capitol), with an air conditioning unit providing a cool environment while I watch Kung Fu Panda on a flat screen television. We have come a long way from Karagwe, and have enjoyed traveling along the tourist track followed by thousands of visitors each year in Tanzania.

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Volunteering Abroad at Such Great Heights

Volunteering Abroad at Such Great Heights

When Amizade volunteers travel to Bolivia, they are welcomed by the stunning landscape that is the Bolivian Andes. High and magnificent snow-capped mountains surround, offering breathtaking views in every direction. Amizade volunteers have the thrilling opportunity to ascend these lofty elevations as they journey to the heights of Cochabamba and the even more elevated La Paz during programs in Bolivia.

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Walking in the Canopy of Kakum National Park

Walking in the Canopy of Kakum National Park

Imagine touring a Ghanaian rain forest, witnessing the incredible plants and wildlife that surround. Primates swing from branch to branch, a vast array of colorful birds soar through the sky, and vibrant flowers materialize amongst the immensity of green. With each new step on your trek through the dense foliage, a unique and exciting sight appears. Now imagine that your winding your way through the forest canopy over a hundred feet above the floor below!

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Puerto Morelos: A Town Divided

Puerto Morelos: A Town Divided

Puerto Morelos is a quaint little town, but one that is truly divided. A major four-lane highway that stretches North to South paralleling the sandy shoreline and connecting the famous tourist destinations along the Mayan Rivera also separates the town into two distinct sections.

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A New Computer Room for the People of Jukwa, Ghana

A New Computer Room for the People of Jukwa, Ghana

Imagine a world without computers, a far away place with…

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