HIGH SCHOOL VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS IN THE U.S. AND LATIN AMERICA


AMIGOS programs in the United States take place in Colorado, where volunteers travel around the state, learning about conservation, recreation, and the environment.


AMIGOS programs in Latin America give you the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, or Panama to explore an issue you're passionate about! Dive deep into coffee production, climate change adaptation, and conservation in Costa Rica, ecosystem restoration and indigenous rights in Ecuador, renewable energy in Nicaragua, or community-driven conservation in Panama.

“Those three weeks in Nicaragua gave me the opportunity to step back from my own life and examine my exact place in the world. Yes, I am still small in the face of time and the universe, but I still have my place in it, and it is my job to make that space as beautiful of a garden as I can.” –Meah, 2021 Alum, Nicaragua

Project and Session Dates Spots Left
Colorado: Western Slope - Session B July 19–August 8 Session Closed
Costa Rica: Cartago y Caribe - Session A June 8–28 Session Closed
Costa Rica: Cartago y Caribe - Session B July 6–26 Session Closed
Costa Rica: La Brunca - Session A June 21-July 11 Session Closed
Costa Rica: La Brunca - Session B July 19-August 8 Session Closed
Costa Rica: Los Santos - Session A June 15–July 5 Session Closed
Costa Rica: Los Santos - Session B July 13–August 2 Session Closed
Costa Rica: Montañas y Mar - Session A June 22–July 12 Session Closed
Costa Rica: Montañas y Mar - Session B July 20–August 9 Session Closed
Costa Rica: Olas y Cerros - Session A June 16-July 6 Session Closed
Costa Rica: Olas y Cerros - Session B July 14-August 3 Session Closed
Ecuador: La Costa - Session A June 8–28 Session Closed
Ecuador: La Costa - Session B July 6–26 Session Closed
Ecuador: La Sierra - Session A June 16–July 6 Session Closed
Ecuador: La Sierra - Session B July 14–August 3 Session Closed
Ecuador: Santa Elena June 16–July 27 Session Closed
Nicaragua: Nueva Segovia - Session A June 9–29 Session Closed
Nicaragua: Nueva Segovia - Session B July 7–27 Session Closed
Panama: Valle y Veraguas - Session A June 15–July 5 Session Closed
Panama: Valle y Veraguas - Session B July 13–August 2 Session Closed


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What you'll do:
  • Go beyond travel and become part of a new community
  • Make real friendships that last a lifetime
  • Volunteer and learn about ethical service
  • Improve your Spanish by using it in everyday conversation
  • Experience a new culture
  • Earn 30 service hours
  • Gain confidence and leadership skills that prepare you for college and beyond!
  • Earn two college credits (3-week programs only)

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About AMIGOS Programs

AMIGOS programs provide a unique opportunity to experience a new culture as a local, not a tourist. Volunteers report increased fluency in Spanish after going through our program. Activities go far beyond the classroom — you’ll lead activities in Spanish, learn local slang, and increase your confidence with real-world practice. You will not believe how fast your Spanish improves when you use it in conversation every day!

Spanish immersion is only available through in-person programs in Latin America.

AMIGOS works with trusted local partner organizations to identify communities that are passionate and committed to working with our volunteers on community service projects. It has been our experience that a service project is sustainable only when the community owns it and participates in the effort. In our in-person programs, you will collaborate on a service project with volunteers your own age as well as community members. You’ll earn 30 service hours.

AMIGOS is the industry leader in health and safety management. Our staff is prepared to help you with any situation that may arise. We have robust COVID-19 safety protocols, which were developed in conversations with our Medical Director as well as agency guidelines. Learn more about our COVID-19 protocols here. Each volunteer receives a personalized emergency plan, as well as support from local staff teams and a professional 24-hour On-Call Safety Team of travel specialists, doctors, and mental health specialists. AMIGOS also has an established network of vetted medical clinics and hospitals throughout the region.

Volunteers must meet the general health criteria for participation in AMIGOS programs and receive all the required immunizations. Learn more about our health and safety system here and read COVID-19 information here.

Prepare for AMIGOS through guided training in topics like:

  • Multicultural understanding;
  • Health and safety;
  • Community development;
  • Travel safety;
  • Spanish;
  • Leadership; and
  • Team building.

At the beginning of your program, you’ll train with your group of fellow volunteers. During your time in the program, you’ll meet regularly with an AMIGOS staff member who serves as your mentor. Finally, at the end of your service, come together again as a group to participate in debriefing — putting what you learned in context, preparing to go home, and going on fun excursions (in-person only).

Earn two college credits through our partnership with Western Colorado University! Find out more here.

Don’t miss out on must-see spots near your AMIGOS community! You’ll travel as a group to experience unique destinations your area has to offer, like volcanoes, ancient ruins, national parks, and historical sites. You’ll get to see these places from the distinct perspective of someone who has learned about the culture firsthand. Plus, you’ll bond with their fellow volunteers and have fun!

You’ll receive a leadership certificate upon completion of any AMIGOS program. Build your leadership skills by identifying your strengths, exploring your interests, and experience with project management.


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I feel like I have been able to grow as a leader, community organizer, friend, and person [...] throughout this program I have learned, grown, and formed connections. This has been one of the best experiences I have had in a really long time.

Jonathan, AMIGOS Volunteer