AMIGOS programs in Latin America offer volunteers the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, or Nicaragua to explore an issue they are passionate about. Dive deep into coffee production in Costa Rica, renewable energy in Nicaragua, or disaster recovery in Ecuador. Or, take the plunge and dive into adventure with the Mystery Project in the Dominican Republic!
AMIGOS programs in the United States take place in Colorado, where volunteers travel around the state, learning about conservation, recreation, and the environment.
The Community Impact Project is a virtual or hybrid program where you'll connect with other students, design positive service projects, explore your interests, and support your community.
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- Go beyond travel and become part of a new community (in-person programs)
- 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 service hours
- Gain confidence and leadership skills that prepare you for college and beyond!
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 everyday!
While Spanish practice is offered through the Community Impact Project, Spanish immersion is only available through in-person programs in Latin America.
Due to COVID-19 precautions, immersion limited in pod-based in-person programs.
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 – pending COVID-19 restrictions.
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.
Prepare for AMIGOS through guided training in topics like:
- Multicultural understanding;
- Health and safety;
- Community development;
- Travel safety;
- 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).
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.