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Go Beyond Travel: Ecuador Gap Year

Take your first dive into Latin America with Discover AMIGOS!

AMIGOS is proud to support the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 31st Anniversary. On July 26th, we celebrate this important civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. #ADA31 #ThanksToTheADA

To celebrate with us:
You can visit these resources and organizations to learn more about the ADA and its history:
- ADA National Network
- American Association of People with Disabilities (AADP)

And, you can follow these activists on their social media pages:
- Dominick Evans, Twitter and IG @dominickevans
- Anita Cameron, Twitter and IG @adaptanita
- Annie Segarra, Youtube Channel Annie Elainey
- Alice Wong, IG @disability_visibility

Bienvenidos a casa, Amigxs!

The Welcome Home Party for Session A volunteers and parents is on Sunday, July 25th. Want to come? RSVP here:

Meet Joselin, the Project Director on the La Costa, Ecuador Project this summer!

"Hello from la mitad del mundo, Ecuador. My name is Joselin Hernandez and I will be your Project Director.
I am from Nicaragua. I have studied Teacher Training and Tourism Management. Some of my hobbies are dancing, swimming, learning languages, brewing kefir, and natural building.

I believe in the transformational power of traveling and how being exposed to different cultures and worldviews can open up new paths in life, as well as self-awareness and leadership skills. Hence, I dedicated my career to facilitate educational travel experiences for youth. I have been working in the field of international education for more than 10 years now. I have run programs ranging from 2 weeks to 1 year in length and worked directly with students on the field, as well as in managerial roles. I have mostly been assigned to programs in Central America, DR, Ecuador, and some parts of the USA. I worked in Ecuador for 3 years, and It truly became a second home for me, it is a place very close to my heart."

Follow along with their project at @amigoslacosta!

Updates from the field: La Sierra Session B Arrival!

Volunteers in La Sierra, Ecuador, had their first full day together as a project! They spent the afternoon getting to know each other through games and icebreakers, exploring the surrounding area, and bonding in mentor groups!

Keep up with their project on @amigoslasierra

Hey AMIGOS alumni — follow us on TikTok @Amigos_Americas!

Got a story to share with us? Head to our profile, and duet our most recent TikTok with your best AMIGOS story, a favorite photo, or your best memory (don't forget to tag us!)

Not on TikTok? Shoot us a DM instead!

The deadline to apply for our fall Gap Program is tomorrow!

During the program, you'll explore Costa Rica's luscious natural beauty, while learning about environmental conservation initiatives and community adaptation to climate change in the Perez Zeledon region.

Apply today!

Young leaders who inspire us: Autumn Peltier, Chief Water Commissioner for @anishinabeknation

16 year old Autumn Peltier is a world-renowned clean water activist, advocating for clean drinking water in First Nations communities and all people everywhere. She is from the Wiikwemkoong First Nation on Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada. In April of 2019, she was appointed Chief Water Commissioner by the Anishinabek Nation.
She has spoken before the UN General Assembly twice, and for her work and activism she has been nominated three times for the International Children's Peace Prize.

Follow along with her work on her Instagram account autumn.peltier, and keep an eye out for @thewaterwalkerfilm, a short documentary film about Autumn, currently screening at festivals!