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Best Buddies Spotlight

By Elizabeth Wolford

Best Buddies International is not simply the name of our organization; it is an accurate description of the wide reach of our programs and mission. Through our participants, Best Buddies is truly working to enhance the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities in all corners of the world.

Not only do our programs reach each of the 50 states in the USA, but there also active programs in 40 other countries on six continents. We plan to expand our programs by taking our mission to 50 countries by the year 2010.

There are currently active programs in:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Cuba
  • Curacao
  • Denmark
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • England
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Lebanon
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Panama
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Scotland
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • United Arab Emirates
Best Buddies is currently working on developing additional programs in:

  • Argentina
  • China
  • Guatemala
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Monaco
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • South Africa
  • Turkey
For more information on our International programs or starting an International Chapter, please visit www.bestbuddies.org or contact: Valerie Vitale, International Programs Director at ValerieVitale@bestbuddies.org.


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