Opportunities for Latin American Youth

AMIGOS is committed to providing opportunities for Latin American youth to join our programs.

Each year, around 40 students from Latin America receive full financial assistance to join our Summer Program. The Youth Ambassadors Program is a fully-funded exchange run by the U.S. Department of State and administered by AMIGOS for students from Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Uruguay. New virtual programs provide additional opportunities for Latin American youth to participate in AMIGOS programs.

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Youth Ambassadors Program

The Youth Ambassadors Program brings together high school age students and adult mentors from countries across the Americas. AMIGOS runs this program for students from Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Uruguay.

The Youth Ambassador Program combines:

  • leadership development
  • cultural exchange
  • community service

Participants must apply and are competitively selected. Students will complete a three-week exchange in the United States before heading home to carry out a service project in their community over the next several months. Find out more here.

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Community Impact Project

The Community Impact Project is an eight-week virtual program in which students design a service project for their community. The program is run in English with optional Spanish sessions. Connect with globally-minded students around the Americas while you figure out how to address needs in your own community. Design and implement ethical, meaningful service projects shaped through cross-cultural collaboration. Find out more here!

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Civic Action Gap Semester

A partnership between Amigos de las Américas and Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life, the Civic Action Gap Semester is a 12-week online experience. Students will explore social change across the Americas, do meaningful work through a civic volunteership, connect across borders and cultures, and earn college credit. Find out more here!

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Summer Program Volunteer

English is not required for any of these roles.

Local Volunteer: Youth are recruited through our local partner agencies in Latin America. They serve as an ambassador of their local community. They collaborate with other volunteers that are staying in their home community for the duration of the project. They participate in most program events and activities and serve as a liaison between international/national volunteers, the partner agency, and the community.

National Volunteer: There are two routes to become a national volunteer with AMIGOS.

Partner Agency Involvement: Youth recruited through our local partner agencies to participate fully in the AMIGOS project. These are young people who have been involved in the work of our partner agencies and in their local communities. They are country nationals who participate in their home country in a different community and/or in a different region. Serving as a local volunteer can be the first step in being a national volunteer the following year. These spots may be partially funded by the local partner agency.

Open Recruitment: We openly recruit any young person who is interested in joining the program. These are country nationals who will participate fully in the program in their home country in a different community and/or in a different region. These volunteers will apply directly through our website and if needed, can request financial aid.

International Volunteer: There are two routes to become a national volunteer with AMIGOS.

Partner Agency Involvement: Youth recruited through our local partner agencies to participate fully in the AMIGOS project in a different country. These are young people who have been involved in the work of our partner agencies and in their local communities. Serving as a local and national volunteer can be the first steps to sponsorship from AMIGOS and our local partner agency to serve on an AMIGOS program.

Open Recruitment: We openly recruit any young person who is interested in joining the program. They will fully participate in an AMIGOS program outside of their home country. These volunteers will apply directly through our website and if needed, can request financial aid.

Promotor de Liderazgo Juvenil (PLJ)—Youth Leadership Promotor

This is a special role designed for a young person who has been involved in the work of our partner agency and AMIGOS programs in their home country. This person is selected and vetted by our partner agencies and trained by the AMIGOS project staff team in country. They serve as a member of the project staff team as a cultural ambassador, event coordinator, youth mentor, supervisor for national volunteers, and group leader.

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Project Staff (in person)

English is required for this role.

Any fluent English-speaking young person from Latin America can apply to serve as a member of the project staff team. They can apply through the AMIGOS website to role of supervisor, senior project supervisor, associate project director and project director. See webpage for more information about the roles.  

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Project Staff (virtual)

We are hiring project staff for our virtual programs as they are announced. Project staff members for virtual programs must be proficient in English, have reliable internet access and video chat capability. Check here for open roles.