Switchboard Stories

This space is dedicated for stories from The Global Switchboard Members and the Community of Practice

Greg and Janet Smith

Greg and Janet Smith

Making a Difference in the World from Pittsburgh Looking out the airplane window on a flight into Costa Rica years ago, Janet Smith saw a sprawling squatters’ village spreading out ›››

Harmony of Andes

Harmony of Andes

Helping people on the streets of La Paz, Bolivia Alexis Vargas came from her home in La Paz, Bolivia to attend the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. She met Becca Burns, a transplant from Colorado, who was ›››

Building New Hope

Building New Hope

Coffee sales support farming cooperative in Nicaragua, fund education programs, provide fundraising opportunities Many people get their first introduction to Building New Hope from the fragrant aroma of a cup of freshly brewed coffee. This 23-year-old nonprofit organization, ›››

Armada Global

Armada Global

Providing Information to Prepare and Protect Travelers Abroad Information is power, according to the old saying. But for small organizations, groups and individuals traveling to other countries, information can also ›››

Inclusant

Inclusant

Helping Organizations and Communities Start Conversations about Diversity and Inclusion With incidents of racial violence, prejudice and discrimination filling the headlines recently, it has become painfully evident that a deep ›››

Arsenal 360 by Lawrenceville United

Arsenal 360 by Lawrenceville United

Connecting International Families with the Public School Community At first glance it looks like any other public school family night, with handmade decorations, happy kids running around under the watchful ›››

Somali Bantu Community Association

Somali Bantu Community Association

Helping Connect with the New Home While Holding On to the Old One On a recent winter afternoon, a gathering of the Somali Bantu Community Association of Pittsburgh winds down ›››

Cooperation Over Competition by Ujamaa Collective

Cooperation Over Competition by Ujamaa Collective

Showing how working collectively provides simple solutions to community challenges The Buy Local movement is not new. Cooperatives, or co-ops, have been working around the world for centuries to help ›››

Global Blueprint by World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

Global Blueprint by World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

Building consensus about ways to improve global fluency in the Pittsburgh region What is global fluency, and how do you achieve it? That was the question posed by the World ›››

ARYSE Pittsburgh by ARYSE

ARYSE Pittsburgh by ARYSE

Guiding college student campus groups to help immigrant youth do better in school   When a group of recent college graduates wanted to pass along what they learned about helping immigrant and refugee children ›››