Neighbors Abroad fosters Palo Alto's domestic and international engagement through friendship, education, commerce, and sustainability.
Neighbors Abroad is a non-profit, all-volunteer, civic organization affiliated with Sister Cities International and the City of Palo Alto.
As we celebrate our 60th anniversary in 2023, we continue to promote the idea that citizen diplomats can change the world, one cross-border relationship at a time. We leverage Silicon Valley's diversity and resources to cultivate partnerships with eight international Sister Cities, as well as a first-of-its-kind, domestic Sibling City relationship with Bloomington, Indiana.
We invite residents of Palo Alto and surrounding communities to join us in our mission to promote connections and celebrate differences through our year-round programs. Across our global network, we focus on exchange programs, cultural enrichment, service projects, sustainability initiatives, and the promotion of commerce.
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Ukrainian Emergency Children’s Relief Fund
In the wake of Russia’s shocking invasion of Ukraine, Neighbors Abroad has partnered on a fund-raising campaign with kleine herzen (little hearts), which has operations in our German Sister City, Heidelberg. The non-profit already has an excellent track record for helping vulnerable children in Ukraine. Your tax-deductible donation will go directly to helping children who were marginalized even before this catastrophic invasion.
Welcome to Neighbors Abroad's blog. Here our board members and other contributors share their ideas and insights in short, personal essays. We focus on our many projects at home and abroad, with the goal of illuminating the relevance of Sister and Sibling Cities in an ever-more-connected world.
Essay Contest Trip to Our Dutch Sister City Illuminates the Power of the Past
By Monica Schreiber
Some people dismiss Sister Cities as a relic of the past, a hold-over from a post-World War II world when Sister Cities were created to build bridges across fractured borders. A recent teen trip to Palo Alto’s Dutch Sister City served as a reminder that the past is not to be dismissed. Indeed, the past is often what matters the most. Read more...