Wondering how on earth you are going to another country, where they speak a different language, and start doing impactful service? Have no fear because AMIGOS participants are always well trained and prepared before they go out into the field.
Every single participant must complete at least 30 hours of training pre-departure. This training may be done two ways. It can be done through a local chapter throughout the spring, or it can be done through the national office in Houston 4 days before prior to flying off to the various placements around Latin America. This extensive training is one of the ways that AMIGOS sets ourselves apart from other international opportunities. In training, we cover topics such as health and safety, cultural understanding, community development practices, leadership, and team building. AMIGOS believes that each young person has the power to make a difference and we are dedicated to making sure they have all the tools and knowledge they need to succeed!
In addition, as soon as our AMIGOS participants arrive at the field they have access to an amazing network. Our Summer Leadership Team is a core team of project directors and adult mentors for every project. They have extensive international volunteer experience (many of them have participated in AMIGOS themselves) and the ratio of staff to participants is 1:7. AMIGOS is also the #1 industry leader in health and safety management. All participants receive support from local staff teams and a professional 24-hour on-call emergency team of travel, medical and mental health specialists. Through this network we have ensured that you are always in good hands.
With over 50 years of experience in empowering young people to change the world, we know exactly what it takes for you to succeed and all you have to do is sign up!