For over 55 years, AMIGOS has been the industry leader in cross-cultural exchange, leadership development, and community service. We believe in a world where all people are lifelong leaders sharing responsibility for our global community.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have spoken with families, young people, and AMIGOS constituents. And we have consulted medical experts and sources, including our Medical Director and contacts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Our first priority remains the health and safety of our volunteers, host families and communities, staff, and chapter network. While we will greatly miss our many host families and communities this year, AMIGOS has found a creative way to return to Latin America that protects everyone’s health and safety.
This year, volunteers will be given much-needed time to explore their passions, learn and practice Spanish, and unplug from technology, all while they live, work, and learn together in a pod (a group of volunteers and staff who live together in one location). They will learn invaluable life skills as they are assigned rotating roles and responsibilities where they will learn how to cook, co-facilitate activities, lead daily guided reflections, and much more!
This model is an opportunity for students to experience the importance of interdependence and human connection and the value of ethical service.
As a group, AMIGOS volunteers will tackle global problems such as environmental sustainability, diversity, inclusion, conservation efforts, and more while partnering with local organizations and grassroots efforts.
AMIGOS is here for you and your family, so please feel free to reach out at any time with any questions or concerns.
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COVID-19 Protocols for Summer 2021
The COVID-19 recommendations and policies for AMIGOS are developed by our Medical Director in consultation with the CDC, WHO, and various health departments. The Health and Safety team at AMIGOS continues to diligently monitor the global situation while adapting programs and policies as necessary.
A key change to our traditional AMIGOS programs was the decision to not stay with host families this year. For 55 years, AMIGOS has worked and served in over one thousand communities throughout Latin America. Our communities and host families hold a close place in our hearts. While efforts are currently underway in many countries to provide vaccinations for COVID-19, AMIGOS has a responsibility to keep our host families and communities safe. For this reason, AMIGOS has pivoted to a new and exciting pod model that will continue to uphold our values and mission.