Amigos de las Américas

Part of the Houston Community Since 1965

For more than 55 years, AMIGOS has provided the safest, most authentic volunteer and immersion programs in Latin America for ages 13 to 22. Today, we are proud to partner with the Houston Independent School District to provide fully-funded leadership experiences to HISD students.

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AMIGOS & HISD

HISD Abroad is a novel initiative to expand equality of access to study abroad opportunities. AMIGOS is proud to partner with HISD on this venture.

Our collaboration with HISD Abroad helps realize our vision to ensure young leaders from all socioeconomic backgrounds can participate in our programs.

We are committed to providing significant financial assistance to empower HISD Abroad students to embark on life-changing service and leadership experiences.

Beginning Summer 2021, HISD students will be able to join AMIGOS through HISD Abroad. Fill out the form below for more info!

2020 Summer Programs were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read an open letter from our President & CEO here.

ABOUT AMIGOS

LIVE ABROAD

Live Abroad

Be more than a tourist. Live with a host family and become part of your host community! Learn local traditions and take part in day-to-day life.

VOLUNTEER

Volunteer

Earn 270+ service hours while you complete a service project. Local community members are involved in the project every step of the way, ensuring the project is ethical and sustainable.

HAVE FUN

Have Fun

Make friends from around the world! Explore a new country and learn about a new culture while you build relationships that will last a lifetime.

Fill out the form below to get more information!



WHY AMIGOS?

Our vision is a world where all people are lifelong leaders sharing responsibility for our global community.

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Community Service

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. You will collaborate on a service project with volunteers your own age as well as community members.

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Language

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 —volunteers lead activities in Spanish, learn local slang, and increase their confidence with real-world practice. You will not believe how fast your Spanish improves when you use it in conversation everyday.

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Leadership

Year after year, AMIGOS volunteers rise to the challenge and realize what they’re capable of. You’ll have the space to learn, grow, and discover your leadership potential. Alumni report increased confidence after their AMIGOS experience. You’ll also have the opportunity to climb our leadership ladded: AMIGOS volunteers return as summer project staff, join the board of their local chapter, or even work at our headquarters!

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College Readiness

College admissions boards know the difference between programs like AMIGOS and a group vacation. With AMIGOS, you’ll develop technical skills and knowledge, practice public speaking, and learn about community organizing, fundraising, project management, and multicultural understanding. The degree of independence and community service (up to 270 hours!) allows room for personal growth as well preparation for college and beyond.

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Authentic Immersion

AMIGOS projects typically take place in communities that see few, if any, tourists. Volunteers gain a unique perspective on local culture by living in a community they would likely never visit otherwise. Living with a host family gives you unique insight into local culture in a way that most people never get to experience. Join in on
family celebrations, holidays, and get into the groove of daily life!

Contact HISD Abroad

[email protected]

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Find the Right Program for You!

Explore our 2–8 week summer programs in Central and South America.