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. Please find our most recent entry below:
Iraida Espinosa: A Sister City Inspiration
By Nodelyn Smith, VP, Palo, the Philippines
Little did I know when my kids used to carpool with Iraida Espinosa's grandchildren in the 1980s that the perfectly coiffed, always-elegant lady who used to hand out snacks during car rides was busy transforming the lives of young people on the other side of the Pacific. Read more...