The Heart of AMIGOS

Go Beyond Travel: Ecuador Gap Year

Take your first dive into Latin America with Discover AMIGOS!

We believe that all women and girls—and all people—should be empowered to be independent, healthy, educated, and to achieve whatever they set their minds to. Through our youth programming in the Americas, we actively work to ensure all young people can thrive. AMIGOS will continue to support the fundamental human rights to health, safety, opportunity, and self-determination for all.

Together, we can create a better future for our global community.

Today, we celebrate freedom! Happy Juneteenth!

On this day in 1865, general Gordon Granger arrived to the coasts of Galveston, Texas to proclaim the abolishment of slavery in the U.S. - once and for all. Even though Abraham Lincoln had abolished slavery in 1863, it took another two years for the Emancipation Proclamation to become law in southern states like Texas.

Today, cities around the U.S. will offer events such as speeches, concerts, African American art and history exhibits, as well as firework shows to commemorate this important date. We invite you to attend some of these events in your area and learn more about the historical, cultural, and political contributions of African Americans in the U.S.!🇺🇸

📸: M. Fisher via Flickr

📝We have such great Field Notes coming in from AMIGOS project staff and volunteers!

Enjoy the weekend by visiting our blog and reading the entries that are coming in from Latin America and even Colorado. Go to or visit the link in our bio!

"Right in front of his house lives Jacinto, a farmer who opened the doors of his house and showed us the harvest of the day – guanábanas – and gave me a huge one. He says proudly that he lives in a humble way, but his doors are always open to anyone who wants to enter and share his food." — Sebastián, Santa Elena

"We should keep calm in the face of difference, and live our lives in a state of inclusion and wonder at the diversity of humanity." — George Takei

Diversity makes our world beautiful and unique.❤️ We honor the power and wisdom of diverse voices, and recognize the amazing contributions that the LGBTQ+ community has made on volunteerism around the world. Happy #PrideMonth2022, Amigos!

Visit for more information about the origins and history of Pride Month.

And so…AMIGOS Summer 2022 begins!✈️ Follow our 58th generation of volunteers as they venture across the Americas. Thank you for being part of our community, for supporting young people across the Americas, and for keeping AMIGOS strong after more than five decades.

Don't miss out on this summer's live updates! Visit our blog:

And our project Instagram accounts!

Ecuador: @amigos_americas_ecuador
Costa Rica: @amigos_americas_costarica
Colorado: @amigos_americas_colorado
Nicaragua: @amigos_americas_nicaragua
Panama: @amigos_americas_panama
Youth Ambassadors: @amigosyap

Let the adventures begin!🤩🌎
#volunteerabroad #summer2022 #studyabroad #spanishimmersion #highschoolspanish #latinamerica #travel #internationaleducation

Have you heard the news?! We are so excited to launch our new alumni network, AMIGOS Alumni Connect! Head over to the website and learn more about the events, activities, and resources that the network will provide starting this summer!🌎

📝Some of these opportunities include:
‣ New alumni recognition awards
‣ New virtual lunch and learn mixers
‣ Expanded in-person social and service events
‣ Expanded leadership opportunities for recent alumni
‣ New alumni gear!

Learn more and reconnect with AMIGOS alumni around the world by visiting the link in our bio!💚