Volunteer abroad and AMIGOS with this amazing opportunity to take your first dive into Latin America. This project has key AMIGOS program components such as volunteering, training, excursions, reflections, and workshops, but is guided by AMIGOS staff. Every day is an authentic, engaging adventure with hands-on service projects, educational talks, and games with local children.
- Go beyond travel and live with a host family in a new country.
- Make real friendships that last a lifetime.
- Volunteer side by side with local residents.
- Improve your Spanish by using it in everyday conversation.
- Experience a new culture.
- Earn 60 service hours.
- Gain confidence and leadership skills that prepare you for high school, college, and beyond.
AMIGOS programs provide a unique opportunity to experience a new culture as a local, not a tourist. Volunteers who already know some Spanish will play a leadership role in their group, translating and practicing the language in a real-world context. Living in an immersive environment and spending time with a host family makes it more fun and easier to learn. You will not believe how fast your Spanish improves when you use it in conversation everyday!
We work with trusted local partner organizations to identify communities that are passionate and committed to working with our volunteers on service projects. You’ll get to collaborate on a service project with volunteers your own age as well as other members of the community.
Do more than just travel — live with a host family, sharing in their day-to-day life! You will become part of your host community, and you’ll connect with people you otherwise would never have the chance to meet. Bond with your host family, make friends, and spend time with your fellow volunteers.
Travel to must-see spots in your host country! You’ll visit unique destinations like volcanoes, ancient ruins, national parks, and historical sites, and see these places from the distinct perspective of someone who has lived in the country and learned about the culture firsthand. Plus, you’ll bond with fellow volunteers and have fun!
AMIGOS has run programs in the United States and Latin America for more than 54 years. We’re the expert in service and immersion programs in Latin America and the industry leader in health and safety. We book the airfare for each of our volunteers and a staff member travels with the group on the international leg of their flight. Volunteers will be accompanied by AMIGOS staff members and a teacher experienced with their age group, who serves as a mentor.
Earn 60 service hours while you work on an environmental project that protects wildlife. Be a champion for endangered sea turtles by working with local agencies to clean up the beach and conserve turtle eggs. By the end of your time abroad, you will be eligible for the Bronze Level of the President’s Volunteer Service Award! And, you’ll get to have a hands on part in local conservation.