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Amizade, Ltd. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 09/03/2014: Amizade, Ltd.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: AMIZADE LTD

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AKA  Amizade Global Service-Learning, Amizade, Amizade GSL
Pittsburgh, PA
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Amizade, Ltd. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 09/03/2014: Amizade, Ltd.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: AMIZADE LTD

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Also Known As: Amizade Global Service-Learning, Amizade, Amizade GSL
Physical Address: Pittsburgh, PA 15201 
EIN: 36-3974227
Web URL: www.amizade.org 
Video URL(s): This is The Navajo Nation. A look at an Amizade Global Service-Learning Program in The Navajo Nation.
One of Amizade's projects in Pittsburgh, The Global Switchboard.
"Stuff Study Abroad Students Say," a fun video that highlights what makes Amizade service-learning experiences different from typical Study Abroad.
NTEE Category: T Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking
T40 Voluntarism Promotion
Q International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security
Q20 Promotion of International Understanding
S Community Improvement, Capacity Building
S02 Management & Technical Assistance
Year Founded: 1994 
Ruling Year: 1995 


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Mission Statement

Amizade (pronounced ah-mee-za-jee) empowers individuals and communities through service and learning worldwide. Amizade offers alternative travel programs as well as courses for college credit that combine education, community service and recreation. Since 1994, Amizade has placed over 8,000 volunteers at service sites throughout the world.  Programs are rooted in Amizade's core values:  Community-Driven Service: Amizade works collaboratively with communities to identify issues, implement projects and evaluate outcomes. Deliberate Learning: We cooperate with community members and organizations to educate participants about local culture, local concerns, and local assets. Intercultural Immersion and Exchange: Amizade experiences ensure deep learning about cultural assumptions, worldviews, and the concerns and happiness that we all hold in common. Consideration of Global Citizenship: Amizade invites all participants to reflect on fundamental human equality and how we might each work to build a world where human life is treated more equally across traditional cleavages of ethnicity, nation, class, or gender. Reflective Inquiry: Amizade encourages reflective inquiry to encourage participants to stay connected to global civic engagement after a short-term experience.

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Brandon Blache-Cohen

Profile:

Cohen first began experimenting with social entrepreneurship and service-learning while an undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh. After sailing on Semester at Sea in the fall of 2003, he combined his passions of travel and social justice by helping to create a student-initiated NGO, FORGE. As Associate Director of FORGE he worked in three refugee camps in Zambia and Botswana on a slew of small-scale development projects. Since then, Cohen has worked in development for the Tahirih Justice Center in Washington, DC, as a researcher and program assistant for aids2031 in Worcester, MA, and as a consultant for several other small nonprofits and foundations. From 2007 - 2009, he was a Social Change Fellow at Clark University, where he earned an MA in International Development and Social Change. To date, Cohen has worked, studied, or traveled in over 55 countries on five continents.

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Programs

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Budget:
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Category:
Population Served:
Adults

Program Description:

Amizade offers programs for individual volunteers and also customizes programs for groups (colleges, church groups, families, etc). Program sites include Brazil, Bolivia, Ghana, Tanzania, Northern Ireland, Germany, Poland, Jamaica, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, India and several regions of the United States (Washington, DC; Navajo Nation). Program lengths vary from one week to three months.  The service component is determined by the local community, and may include manual work (such as construction), tutoring, or cultural exchange. Past projects have included the construction of a health clinic in the Brazilian Amazon, tutoring children in the Navajo Nation, and supporting a women's nonprofit organization in Tanzania.

Program Long-Term Success:

Participants in Amizade volunteer programs will sustain or increase their involvement as global citizens in the years following their participation in a program.  This might involve: speaking to appropriate elected officials about issues of concern to the community fundraising to support community needs educating others about the community, or pursuing a vocation that will allow them to effect change - such as Peace Corps, elected office, or public health. Community partners are empowered to make positive changes in their communities and have advocates willing to work in solidarity with them.

Program Short-Term Success:

Both participants and community members self-report a satisfying service experience.  Participants demonstrate increased knowledge of the community in which they served. Communities' expressed needs are met.  The needs of our community partners vary, but some examples of success include: children and adults benefit from tutoring/instruction in English, art or other subjects community member have access to necessities such as clean water, thanks to a volunteer project to install water tanks on homes and buildings homeless adults educate volunteers about the causes of homelessness and  participants become advocates for homeless men and women

Program Success Monitored by:

Volunteers complete surveys evaluating their experience. Amizade staff and community partners monitor the progress on service projects through site visits and debriefing by phone, mail and email.

Program Success Examples:

In recent surveys 93% of volunteers rated their experience very favorably, with 75% declaring their experience "excellent." Some comments from recent volunteers: "My future career plan is to become a teacher, and I had the opportunity to teach 8th grade social studies at the school. This experience completely reassured me that I want to become a teacher." - volunteer in Navajo Nation (Tuba City, AZ) From the community perspective, Amizade volunteers have helped improve lives in the following ways: In Brazil, the APAE (Association of Parents and Amigos of Exceptionals), an organization that works with developmentally disabled children makes low cost orthopedic shoes and and prosthetics for the people of the lower Amazon basin in a workshop constructed by Amizade volunteers from the U.S. and Brazilian volunteers.

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Category:
Education
Population Served:
Adults

Program Description:

Amizade offers courses for university credit at its sites in the U.S. and abroad.  Each course includes a service component where students deliver a service identified by their host community. Credit is awarded through West Virginia University. Recent courses include: History of the Holocaust - based in Germany and Poland Indigenous Women's Literature - based in Cochabamba, Bolivia Journeys with Indigenous Cultures - based in the Navajo Nation

Program Long-Term Success:

Participants in Amizade service-learning courses will sustain or increase their involvement as global citizens in the years following their participation in a program.  This might involve: speaking to appropriate elected officials about issues of concern to the community fundraising to support community needs educating others about the community, or pursuing a vocation that will allow them to effect change - such as Peace Corps, elected office, or public health. Community partners are empowered to make positive changes in their communities and have advocates willing to work in solidarity with them.

Program Short-Term Success:

Both participants and community members self-report a satisfying service experience.  Participants demonstrate increased knowledge of the community in which they served. Participants meet or exceed learning goals of the course. Communities' expressed needs are met.  The needs of our community partners vary, but some examples of success include: children and adults benefit from tutoring/instruction in English, art or other subjects community member have access to necessities such as clean water, thanks to a volunteer project to install water tanks on homes and buildings homeless adults educate volunteers about the causes of homelessness and  participants become advocates for homeless men and women

Program Success Monitored by:

Amizade invites participants to complete pre-course and post-course questionnaires.  Participants report on their satisfaction with the course components (instruction, housing, service experience) as well as their learning.  Participants are asked to evaluate their experience in comparison to a similar course at their home institution. Amizade staff from the U.S. visit sites to observe programs in action, and work with community partners to evaluate impact.

Program Success Examples:

In recent surveys of service-learning students, 95% rated their experience as "good" or "excellent." Nearly 90% say that, compared to a similar on-campus program, the Amizade course was "more" or "much more" effective in terms of: what they learned how much they can apply to the "real world" how much it stimulates their interest in the subject matter how much it helped them see connections between knowledge and application. A recent participant in the Jamaica program said, "This experience has opened my eyes to a different culture from my own. I learned their education system and what they struggle with and what others can do to helI want to stay in touch with my family and be able to return very soon to continue helping their community." A student returning from Jamaica said, "It taught me a lot about what it means to be a global citizen, and it lit a fire in me that is making me want to change things in my life to become a better global citizen."

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Budget:
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Category:
Cultural & Ethnic Awareness
Population Served:
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Program Description:

The Global Switchboard is a shared-space, community-oriented, work center for Pittsburgh’s globally engaged social-profit organizations and individuals. It is Pittsburgh’s home for global engagement, a way to bring new resources to the city, and a space to cultivate new and innovative global ideas.

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

2013 was Amizade's most empowering year ever. From pioneering innovative education initiatives in Tanzania to renewing a community park in Trinidad, Amizade volunteers spent the year making the world a smaller, safer, and more equitable place. Amizade volunteers came in many forms; as students, faculty, activists, adventurers, philanthropists, and leaders. Young and old, volunteers set out in partnership with Amizade and the communities we work with to serve, explore, and understand.
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