It’s been 54 years since our founder Guy Bevil led a team of teens and doctors into rural Honduras to fight a growing polio epidemic. What they learned that first year remains even more true today: when you cross borders into the unknown and allow that place into your heart, you simply can’t stay the same.

We are convinced there is no better long-term antidote to discord and division in the world than the discovery of our collective humanity.

AMIGOS expands students’ understanding of the world. We empower students to make a difference through collaborative service with members of their host communities. And, we help students develop leadership skills so that they can continue effecting positive change in communities at home and abroad.

“AMIGOS is directed by and for young people. This approach allows students to discover who they are and to step up to make change in their communities.”  Felipe de los Santos, Youth Ambassadors and Summer Immersion Alum


Since 1965, AMIGOS has

Served 28,000+ high school and college students
Operated in 17 countries in North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean
Partnered with 300+ host agencies, including government ministries, international development agencies, and local organizations

2018 Program outcomes

700+ student volunteers
30+ local partner agencies
79,000+ service hours completed by volunteers
225+ service projects implemented in the areas of community infrastructure, environment, public health, micro-enterprises, and community building.
25,000+ community members worked alongside volunteers in host communities
$300,000+ in financial assistance awards so students from all socio-economic backgrounds can participate

Reports from our Alumni

98% increased cultural awareness and developed skills to be respectful of differing cultural norms
96% improved Spanish language skills
95% rated their overall AMIGOS experience positively
94% improved self-confidence, communication skills, and problem-solving skills
91% developed skills and qualities attractive to future employers or institutions of higher education
90% increased their ability to be effective leaders and support others
83% are inspired to be more actively involved in their own communities and to work with others to solve problems

Our APPROACH TO building young leaders

AMIGOS develops youth leaders through independent immersion and hands on service learning experiences. We have three goals for volunteers:

  1. development of personal leadership skills,
  2. improved ability to work across cultures, and
  3. increased commitment to tackling challenges in communities across the Americas. 

Our students positively impact their host communities and return home with a higher sense of purpose and better understanding of community.


AMIGOS is committed to access and offers need-based financial assistance to support applicants and families. Every year, approximately 82% of all students receive financial support

  • 26% of students are fully funded
  • 56% of students receive partial financial assistance support

commitment to Latin American youth

AMIGOS is committed to providing opportunities for Latin American youth to participate in our programs. Youth in host communities participate in the community projects alongside our volunteers. And, in 2010 we made the commitment to provide opportunities for Latin American youth to participate in AMIGOS full-time just like students from the U.S.
Approximately 40 Latin American students participate full-time in the Summer Immersion program each year, either travelling to a different community within their country or travelling to a foreign country.

In an increasingly global society, leaders from all corners of the globe are needed to engage diverse cultures and communities and transcend boundaries.

Our commitment to access would not be possible without the support of our individual, corporate and foundation donors. Their belief in our mission enables us to continue the vital work of helping young people realize their potential as leaders and positive forces of good in the world. We are honored to recognize donors who supported AMIGOS with a gift of $1,000 and greater in 2018. 


Corporate and foundation donors

Alexander Family Foundation
Amegy Bank of Texas
Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation
Ann C. and C. Hamilton Sloan Foundation
Arsenal Capital Management
Beacon Technologies
Brinker Family Fund
The Brown Foundation
Chicago Title Insurance Company
Crunch Pak
Everett Family Fund of the Greater Houston Community Foundation
Foundation for Amigos de las Américas
George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation
Jackson Walker, LLP
James M. Collins Foundation
Joe and Merrill Hafner Fund
Kauffmann Family Foundation
Kiwanis Foundation of Houston
Kuraray America, Inc.
Lift Source Machinery Ltd.
Mann Family Foundation
The Merck Foundation
MSB Cockayne Fund Inc
Plow Group
Richard and Alita Rogers Fund of Akron Community Foundation
SCA Charitable Foundation
Seattle Foundation
Shell Oil Company Foundation
Strake Foundation
United Airlines
Weatherspoon Charitable Foundation
Westwood Trust

individual donors

Cindy and Eric Arbanovella
Cathy and Bill Arnold
David Baron and Pamela Mann
Margaret and Douglass Beeman
Elizabeth Blowers-Nyman and Jay Nyman
LaNoe Bolling Westheimer and Robert Westheimer
Alison Butler
Lauren Eve Cantor
Cheryl A. Casper
Sandy and Tom Cattarin
Edward C. Cazier and Emma Umaña
Sarah and Ryan Collins
Allyson and Steve Cook
Joseph Cleary
Marilyn and George DeMontrond III
Karen and Alan Crossley
Ronald Elesh, MD
Sarah Felknor and Denton Ragland
Eitan Fenson and Barbara Weinstein
Mary and Dane Fetherling
Cathy and Ed Frank
Martha and Don Freedman
Dena Green Korsgard
Patricia Selcke Grad and Ben Grad
Betsy and Fred Griffin
Merrill and Joe Hafner
Michael Hafner and Samantha Schnee
Andrew Haas and Susan Seligman-Haas
Tammy and Kevin Holme
Linda and Phil Johnson, MD
Dawn Joyce in honor of William Wynne
Dana and Mike Kercheval
Samantha and Ben Krause
Jennifer Langdon and Joe Crownover
Dianne Langmade
Celeste and Clyde Layne
Leanne and Bryan Link
David Madson
Roy McCutchen and Laura Sharpe McCutchen
Kelly McMullen, MD and Daniel Bowles, MD
Erin Mulligan and James Bull
Andrew Nathan
Elizabeth and Justin Nelson
Laura and Steve Otillar
Chris Johnson and Cindy Pekow
David. A Perna
Flora Pirquet and Gary Beckmann
Leanna and Marc Primiani
Ilene and Bart Putterman
Cahterine and Scott Roberts
Lisa and Milton Roney
Patricia Rosenberg and Scott Nichols
Michelle and Tim Ruch
Ann Sandford and Paul Guggenheim
Lisa Brogan Schafer and Steve Schafer
Cathy and Fred Seligman
Susana and Steve Sharpe
Alice Wilson Specht
LaDeena and Toby Spoon
Shelley Starr and David Martin
Susan Stevenson and David Littleton
David Ovitz Terry and Lucille Hawley Terry
Sarah Tukman
Marianne Vicencio Ward and David Ward
Janet and Jim Zimmerman
Sara and Dayton Voorhees
Anonymous (6)

We also honor those who were Remembered through memorial gifts

John and Diane Allensworth
Emily Benatar
Guy Bevil
Don Celestino
William Craig
Stephen Drammer
Robert Elliott
Frank and Liz Erickson
Patrick Flaherty (17)
Bob and Helen Glasgow
Howard Kauffmann
Marion Kercheval
Paula Mursell
Dorothea Rodkey
Nancy Wilson Sandoval and Ned Wilson

Thank You!