We believe young people have the power to change the world. Our summer volunteer programs for high school students create a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture, improve your Spanish, and make an impact. Participants work with US and Latin American peers on community service projects related to areas such as public health, leadership through sports, civic engagement, youth entrepreneurship, and environmental sustainability.


What you’ll do:
  • Live like a local with your host family
  • Improve your Spanish with authentic immersion
  • Enjoy the independence to shape your own experience
  • Build lifelong friendships that bridge borders
  • Work with local youth on a service project
  • Earn up to 270 service hours
  • Learn just how much you're capable of!



You’ll be supported throughout your experience by our 24/7 On-Call Emergency Management System. When you arrive in country, you will receive a personalized safety plan.

Train with the National Office immediately before your trip or with a local chapter throughout the year. Once you arrive in Latin America, spend your first few days abroad at country-specific training.

You’ll live with a local family in your community, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the distinct culture of the region.

Learn about sustainable community development practices in order to create positive change. Work alongside community members to implement a community development initiative.

Host unique workshops throughout the summer for youth in your community. Play fun energizers, perform skits, dance with new friends, and work with local kids and teens to design and lead exciting after-school activities.

Your project supervisor will visit your community once a week to see you in action and provide support.

You’ll be paired in your community with one or two other passionate young people from the US or Latin America, and you’ll work together to plan activities and your community project.

Come together with the other participants on your project to reflect on your time in country and unwind from a summer well spent.


Accredited by the Gap Year Association, our Gap Programs provide unparalleled immersion and leadership experiences in Nicaragua and Ecuador. On an AMIGOS Gap Program, you’ll be placed in a volunteer internship with a community development organization. You’ll live with a host family for your entire stay and become part of the community. You’ll work to craft and implement a sustainable service project. And you’ll have the adventure of a lifetime exploring a new country.

The deadline to apply for financial aid is May 15th!


The AMIGOS Gap Experience
  • Live like a local with your host family
  • Complete an internship, earning 30+ service hours each week
  • Improve your Spanish through authentic cultural immersion
  • Enjoy the independence to design projects, travel, and shape your own experience
  • Collaborate with community members on a sustainable service project
  • Engage in professional leadership training
  • Explore the country with other participants on monthly excursions
  • Count on 24/7 on-call support



You’ll be enrolled in Spanish courses to equip you with the language skills you need to succeed and supplement your existing knowledge.

You’ll take part in our engaging training to prepare for your gap experience. Come ready to challenge your preconceptions, learn positive community development strategies, and have a blast!

You’ll be placed in an internship at one of our partner agencies. Here, you’ll spend 30+ hours a week working on projects that allow you to gain real-life work experience in a culture different from your own.

Work directly with your partner agency to plan, design, and execute a sustainable community-based project. Use your imagination, energy, and ingenuity to develop a proposal, raise resources, and watch the project come to life!

Monthly excursions let you explore the country, learn about culture, and have adventures, while getting to know other gap participants.

Come together with your fellow gap participants to talk about your experience, discuss challenges and successes that you’ve encountered, and build skills that you’ll use in your gap year and beyond.

You’ll be accompanied throughout your gap year experience by a group
of incredible, excited young leaders just like yourself! Take advantage of the diversity of experiences within your group to learn about the different perspectives on the world that your peers bring to the table. Lean on your fellow gap participants as you experience all of the joys and challenges that come with calling a new country “home.”


The things you will learn and experience, the relationships you will build, and the joy and love you will feel are irreplaceable and will remain with you through the rest of your life.

Emma, Gap Program Participant