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A Family of AMIGOS: A Love Story


Allison and Blake are AMIGOS alums who met in Latin America, where they both volunteered as Route Leaders in Paraguay in 1991. Eventually, they got…

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Community is Where the Heart Is: An Interview with Lauren Kobashigawa

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Lauren is an AMIGOS alumna who spent last summer with AMIGOS in the Dominican Republic. After returning home to the United States, she was inspired…

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Getting Out of Your Element: An Interview with Felipe De los Santos

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Former AMIGOS Youth Ambassador and Mentor, Project Supervisor, and Associate Project Director Felipe De los Santos shares his experience getting out of his element and…

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The Power of Collaboration

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AMIGOS Managing Director of Marketing and Communications and alumna April Hearne shares about her experience with AMIGOS in Mexico in 2008. She discusses the sustainability…

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Alumni Interview: Maren Walsh’s Experience Abroad

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Maren Walsh, an AMIGOS alum and former AMIGOS project supervisor, shares her most impactful experiences abroad and how AMIGOS has changed her life, as well…

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When Partners Become Lifelong Friends

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Hadley Kyle, a volunteer in Michoacán, México in 2006, shares how her AMIGOS experience led her to a completely unexpected lifelong friendship.   I first…

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Mi Casa Es Su Casa

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Choose to be a part of something bigger and impact a young person’s life by immersing them in your world. Here are some testimonials from…

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Becoming the Best Version of Myself

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Millions of high school students are unaware of how we have the power to create change in our communities. I was one of them. We…

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Laughing Your Way to Understanding


Marion Gibson, a two-time AMIGOS alumna, shares how her second summer abroad taught her the power of laughter to bridge language barriers and what truly…

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