How to Apply

Volunteer abroad and AMIGOS with this amazing opportunity to take your first dive into Latin America! This two-week project has key AMIGOS program components such as volunteering, training, excursions, reflections, and workshops, and is guided by AMIGOS staff. Every day is an authentic, engaging adventure with hands-on service projects, educational talks, and games with local children.

With AMIGOS, you will learn about yourself and the world by living in it.

READY TO START YOUR APPLICATION?

1. Click here to start your application.
2. Complete your application.
3. An AMIGOS representative will contact you with next steps

About

Discover AMIGOS is a two-week program created as an Introduction to Global Citizenship. With 6 project dates in Costa Rica and Panama, it is a terrific way to explore a new country and challenge yourself by being an active participant in protecting biodiversity and learning about new communities in Latin America. This program is very accessible as Spanish is not required (though some ability can be helpful) and friends are encouraged to go together.

You will work on supporting local wildlife conservation efforts during the first week and supporting local schools and community service projects while living with a host family during the second week. These experiences help to create strong friendships and connections with other volunteers, our staff and host communities, give you the opportunity to develop Spanish skills, and build your confidence.

“I saw such a change in my son after he came home from Panama. He seemed taller and more confident and ready to go into the world less of a child and more of an adult. AMIGOS made him more responsible and independent and those changes have stayed with him.” —John, Parent, Discover AMIGOS 2018

“It was amazing. I really liked how independent it was. We would have supervision during our project but at the end of the day we could go have fun with our peers and socialize and play games and card games with the locals and our host family. It was really fun to get to know all kinds of people.” —Annabelle, Volunteer, Discover AMIGOS 2018

“My daughter had never done anything like this before but I was surprised by how much she had changed. It was palpable. It was such a leap for her to pull on her own internal resources and now she keeps saying spontaneously, ‘I feel so confident’.” —Jennifer, Parent, Discover AMIGOS 2018

Fees and Funding

AMIGOS program fees include dedicated travel support, comprehensive training, all food and housing, in-country travel and excursions, and access to our 24-hour On-Call Safety Team. As a nonprofit organization, your fees also support community development projects and leadership training for local youth in communities across Latin America.

Program Fees

Discover AMIGOS Panama — $3,395

Discover AMIGOS Costa Rica — $3,695

Flight costs are not included and will be billed separately. For more information about flights and travel, click here.

Payment plans and financial assistance are available. Learn more here.

What’s Included?

Before you leave
Your fee includes the costs of all pre-departure training, onboarding, and travel support.
Once you land
All on-site training and orientation, food, lodging and transportation costs, full-time program staff, 24-hour On-Call Safety Team, global travel medical insurance, and program excursions are included.
Post-program
You’ll receive credit for service hours, as well as access to the AMIGOS alumni network, leadership opportunities, and beyond!

Financial Assistance & Fundraising

Financial Assistance

We provide need-based financial assistance on a rolling basis for our programs. To apply, complete your application and indicate that you would like to be considered for financial assistance. Be sure to include your family financial information in the section that asks for it as well as complete the financial assistance application. Program applicants must pay the $50 application fee and $425 deposit to complete your application. This is refundable if requested within 30 days of payment. If you have questions, please contact our Admissions Team at [email protected].

Fundraising

Many volunteers choose to fundraise to offset their program fee. Once you’re accepted into an AMIGOS program, we’ll set you up with an online fundraising platform, give you tips and advice, and apply any donations you receive to your program fee. Volunteers typically raise an average of $2,000.

 

More questions about fees and funding?
Please contact our Admissions Team at [email protected].

Staff & Events

No events are currently scheduled. Check back later!

Staff

In the Bay Area, we have 2 full time AMIGOS staff members dedicated to family and school outreach for Discover AMIGOS.

Krista Boscoe – Bay Area Director
(supports East Bay, Marin, and San Francisco families)
[email protected]
Click here to schedule a call with Krista

Cynthia Diaz – South Bay Outreach Manager
(supports Silicon Valley, San Jose, and Peninsula families)
[email protected]
Click here to schedule a call with Cynthia

Can't make it to an info session?

Watch the video below and reach out if you have any questions!

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Read blog posts from:

Discover AMIGOS Costa Rica

Discover AMIGOS Panama

 

Check out photos on our project Instagrams:

The Community Impact Project is not like any other AMIGOS program! ⠀

This newly launched fall program supports students to create change in their home communities and to address the social isolation that is tightening around youth. And, we are offering a 20% discount for AMIGOS alumni!⠀

The deadline to apply is October 5th, so don't miss out. Learn more at buff.ly/369U958
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One of our Community Impact Project volunteers- Simran, from Los Altos, CA- shares about her experiences with AMIGOS as a summer volunteer in Panama and virtually in the Community Impact Project this summer!⠀

Learn more about her service project (including an awesome video she made!) at our blog, La Carta! (Link in the bio)⠀
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The AMIGOS Fall 2020 Community Impact Project is an eight-week online initiative is for young people committed to sharing responsibility for our global community.⠀

This innovative program enables students to channel their energy into working with other young leaders across the U.S. and Latin America. They'll create projects that address our most pressing issues during this global crisis while building a supportive network of young people committed to creating positive change.⠀

The best part? Participants can join virtually from anywhere in the world! Learn more at the link in our bio.⠀
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#onlinelearning #learningonline #onlinelearningplatform #online_learning #education #covid19 #stayhome #learning #staysafe #virtuallearning #handsonlearning #edtech #learnbydoing #remotelearning #distancelearning #educationaltechnology #learningexperience #learnonline #remotelearning2020 #volunteering #volunteerism #socialimpact #socialgood #volunteerwork #somosamigos
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"Voting is so much bigger than one election, one party, or one candidate... When we all vote, in all elections, we get the kind of responsive leadership that speaks for our families and our communities."⠀
- Michelle Obama⠀

Today is National Voter Registration Day in the U.S.⠀

Register today at Vote.gov to prepare for these key dates:⠀

Election day is Nov. 3⠀

Registration deadlines:⠀
By mail: Postmarked by Oct. 5⠀
In person: Oct. 5⠀
Absentee ballot deadlines request: Oct. 23⠀
Return by mail: Postmarked by Nov. 3⠀

Early voting:⠀
Oct. 13 - Oct. 30, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live
...

Want to learn about the Community Impact Project from one of our volunteers? Two-time alumna @saylor.reinders will be joining our Info Session tomorrow night at 5pm CST to share about her time spent in a virtual community and creating a service project this summer!⠀

You can read more about her Community Impact Project experience (and register for the Info Session!) at the link in the bio.⠀

#onlinelearning #learningonline #onlinelearningplatform #online_learning #education #covid19 #stayhome #learning #staysafe #virtuallearning #handsonlearning #edtech #learnbydoing #remotelearning #distancelearning #educationaltechnology #learningexperience #learnonline #remotelearning2020 #volunteering #volunteerism #socialimpact #socialgood #volunteerwork #somosamigos
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We came together the past five weeks in new ways through the Adelante Festival. We celebrated, we connected, and we made an impact for AMIGOS!⠀

At our Adelante Benefit, approximately 350 alumni, parents, and supporters tuned in for the live event. Our community embraced the spirit of the evening with paloma cocktails and festive attire! During our Auction, there was immense fun and creativity. With more than 70 items to be won, bidders donated over $31,000!⠀

Together, we raised nearly $135,000 for AMIGOS and strengthened our community in the process. Thank you for your support!⠀
We want more students in these programs, and your donations to support our programs and youth across the Americas makes that happen.
...

One of our Community Impact Project volunteers- Blessing from Pérez Zeledón, San José, Costa Rica (@bless_you27)- shares about her experience building community on a virtual platform and the speaking English regularly with native speakers! ⠀

Learn more about her CIP adventures on our blog, La Carta. Link in the bio!
...

The AMIGOS Community Impact Project for Fall 2020 is here!⠀

Young people ages 14-19 can join an eight-week online initiative to connect with other students, design positive service projects, and support your community during the COVID-19 pandemic.⠀

Application deadline is October 5th, so make sure you apply today! Learn more here at the link in our bio.⠀
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#onlinelearning #learningonline #onlinelearningplatform #online_learning #education #covid19 #stayhome #learning #staysafe #virtuallearning #handsonlearning #edtech #learnbydoing #remotelearning #distancelearning #educationaltechnology #learningexperience #learnonline #remotelearning2020 #volunteering #volunteerism #socialimpact #socialgood #volunteerwork #somosamigos
...

The Community Impact Project is not like any other AMIGOS program! ⠀

This newly launched fall program supports students to create change in their home communities and to address the social isolation that is tightening around youth. And, we are offering a 20% discount for AMIGOS alumni!⠀

The deadline to apply is October 5th, so don't miss out. Learn more at buff.ly/369U958
...

One of our Community Impact Project volunteers- Simran, from Los Altos, CA- shares about her experiences with AMIGOS as a summer volunteer in Panama and virtually in the Community Impact Project this summer!⠀

Learn more about her service project (including an awesome video she made!) at our blog, La Carta! (Link in the bio)⠀
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#onlinelearning #learningonline #onlinelearningplatform #online_learning #education #covid19 #stayhome #learning #staysafe #virtuallearning #handsonlearning #edtech #learnbydoing #remotelearning #distancelearning #educationaltechnology #learningexperience #learnonline #remotelearning2020 #volunteering #volunteerism #socialimpact #socialgood #volunteerwork #somosamigos
...

The AMIGOS Fall 2020 Community Impact Project is an eight-week online initiative is for young people committed to sharing responsibility for our global community.⠀

This innovative program enables students to channel their energy into working with other young leaders across the U.S. and Latin America. They'll create projects that address our most pressing issues during this global crisis while building a supportive network of young people committed to creating positive change.⠀

The best part? Participants can join virtually from anywhere in the world! Learn more at the link in our bio.⠀
.⠀
.⠀
.⠀
.⠀
.⠀
#onlinelearning #learningonline #onlinelearningplatform #online_learning #education #covid19 #stayhome #learning #staysafe #virtuallearning #handsonlearning #edtech #learnbydoing #remotelearning #distancelearning #educationaltechnology #learningexperience #learnonline #remotelearning2020 #volunteering #volunteerism #socialimpact #socialgood #volunteerwork #somosamigos
...

"Voting is so much bigger than one election, one party, or one candidate... When we all vote, in all elections, we get the kind of responsive leadership that speaks for our families and our communities."⠀
- Michelle Obama⠀

Today is National Voter Registration Day in the U.S.⠀

Register today at Vote.gov to prepare for these key dates:⠀

Election day is Nov. 3⠀

Registration deadlines:⠀
By mail: Postmarked by Oct. 5⠀
In person: Oct. 5⠀
Absentee ballot deadlines request: Oct. 23⠀
Return by mail: Postmarked by Nov. 3⠀

Early voting:⠀
Oct. 13 - Oct. 30, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live
...

Want to learn about the Community Impact Project from one of our volunteers? Two-time alumna @saylor.reinders will be joining our Info Session tomorrow night at 5pm CST to share about her time spent in a virtual community and creating a service project this summer!⠀

You can read more about her Community Impact Project experience (and register for the Info Session!) at the link in the bio.⠀

#onlinelearning #learningonline #onlinelearningplatform #online_learning #education #covid19 #stayhome #learning #staysafe #virtuallearning #handsonlearning #edtech #learnbydoing #remotelearning #distancelearning #educationaltechnology #learningexperience #learnonline #remotelearning2020 #volunteering #volunteerism #socialimpact #socialgood #volunteerwork #somosamigos
...

We came together the past five weeks in new ways through the Adelante Festival. We celebrated, we connected, and we made an impact for AMIGOS!⠀

At our Adelante Benefit, approximately 350 alumni, parents, and supporters tuned in for the live event. Our community embraced the spirit of the evening with paloma cocktails and festive attire! During our Auction, there was immense fun and creativity. With more than 70 items to be won, bidders donated over $31,000!⠀

Together, we raised nearly $135,000 for AMIGOS and strengthened our community in the process. Thank you for your support!⠀
We want more students in these programs, and your donations to support our programs and youth across the Americas makes that happen.
...

One of our Community Impact Project volunteers- Blessing from Pérez Zeledón, San José, Costa Rica (@bless_you27)- shares about her experience building community on a virtual platform and the speaking English regularly with native speakers! ⠀

Learn more about her CIP adventures on our blog, La Carta. Link in the bio!
...

The AMIGOS Community Impact Project for Fall 2020 is here!⠀

Young people ages 14-19 can join an eight-week online initiative to connect with other students, design positive service projects, and support your community during the COVID-19 pandemic.⠀

Application deadline is October 5th, so make sure you apply today! Learn more here at the link in our bio.⠀
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.⠀
.⠀
.⠀
#onlinelearning #learningonline #onlinelearningplatform #online_learning #education #covid19 #stayhome #learning #staysafe #virtuallearning #handsonlearning #edtech #learnbydoing #remotelearning #distancelearning #educationaltechnology #learningexperience #learnonline #remotelearning2020 #volunteering #volunteerism #socialimpact #socialgood #volunteerwork #somosamigos
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