Calling all high school graduates! Explore social change across the Americas, make an impact through a civic volunteership, engage with your community, and earn college credit. Apply now!

 
Join virtually from anywhere in the world.

About the Program

Explore critical issues through college-level course curriculum and a volunteership placement with a community organization. Dig into leadership and cultural humility by examining your role in social change and community action. Learn how to step up at a time when collaboration and civic engagement are more important than ever.

 

What to Expect

  • Cohorts of 10–13 students
  • Choose 6- or 12-week session
  • 18–24 hours per week
  • Small group collaboration and discussion

 

What You’ll GET

  • Internships for Social Change course taught by Tufts University faculty
  • 3 units of college credit (12-week session only)
  • One-on-one career mentorship
  • Volunteership placement – plus training!
  • Cross-cultural connection
  • Spanish or English language classes tailored to your level

 

What You’ll Need

  • Internet access and a way to video chat
  • Age: 17–22
  • English fluency
  • Enthusiasm for civic action and community engagement
  • Interest in Latin America and the Spanish language
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Partnering for Impact

 

Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University

The only university-wide college of its kind, Tisch College studies and promotes the civic and political engagement of young people at Tufts University, in our communities, and in our democracy.

Amigos de las Américas

Amigos de las Americas (AMIGOS) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1965 that provides youth leadership, cultural exchange, and immersive service experiences in the U.S. and Latin America.

Experience Summary

6 WEEKS

Session Dates

Session A: September 14–October 23, 2020
Session B: October 26–December 11, 2020

 

How to Apply

Start your application here!

Session A enrollment deadline: September 1, 2020
Session B enrollment deadline: October 13, 2020

 

Fees and Financial Assistance

$3,975 $3,475 (Special introductory fee of $3,475 through September 1, 2020).

Need-based financial assistance is available!

 

What’s Included

-Tufts University course modules on leadership, cultural humility, and civic engagement
-4-week volunteership placement, including training
-Engage design thinking to develop a civic engagement project
-Earn up to 32 service hours
-Connection to a mentor to discuss your career interests
-Spanish or English language instruction (one hour per week)
-Llama Lounge meetups to connect with other students
-Virtual tours of AMIGOS partner agencies across Latin America

12 WEEKS

Session Dates

Session A: September 14–December 11, 2020

 

How to Apply

Start your application here!

Enrollment deadline: September 1, 2020

 

Fees and Financial Assistance

$8,475 $7,975 (Special introductory fee of $7,975 through September 1, 2020).
Need-based financial assistance is available!

 

What’s Included

-Full Tufts University course – CVS 99: Internships for Social Change
-Earn 3 units of course credit from Tufts University
-10-week volunteership placement, including training
-Engage design thinking to develop and complete a civic engagement project
-Earn up to 80 service hours
-Connection to a mentor to discuss your career interests
-Spanish or English language instruction (three hours per week)
-Llama Lounge meetups to connect with other students
-Virtual tours of AMIGOS partner agencies across Latin America

Find out more in the video below:

 

What makes this experience unique?

Course Curriculum

Faculty from Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life lead modules on topics like civic engagement, cultural humility, and leadership. College credit is available for the 12-week option.

 

Career Mentors

We match students with a career mentor. Throughout the semester, students connect with their mentor to delve into their personal leadership style, explore career paths, and more!

 

Volunteership

The volunteership is an opportunity to safely plug in to an organization working in areas such as public health, food security, and civic engagement in the era of COVID-19.

 

Language Training

Join the weekly Language Café, an engaging time for real conversation in Spanish, English, and Spanglish. Formal language instruction is also included! Students will be assigned to small groups based on their level.

 

Racial Equity and Justice Education

Lean into important work on racial equity and justice across the Americas through coursework led by Tufts University faculty. Complement this curriculum with workshops from leaders taking action in their communities.

 

Cultural Exchange

Dive into your own culture and learn to understand cultural bias, the role of language in culture, and global citizenship. Explore the work of NGOs across the Americas through virtual agency tours.

Questions?

Join an online info session!

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Program Pillars

Leadership

Examine your strengths and find your personal leadership style! Meet regularly with a mentor, who will support you in exploring your career path.

Cultural Humility

Learn about social change across the Americas. Receive training on racial equity and justice and reflect on the role of inequality in society, your own life, and your volunteership.

Community and Civic Engagement

Apply your leadership skills at your volunteership. Identify critical issues within your community and take an active role in creating positive social change. Learn how to engage in civic action initiatives you’re passionate about – locally, nationally, and globally.

Length Training
Dates
In-Country
Dates
Ages Application
Deadline
Price
Fall 2020 Six weeks

Online orientation and training

Session A: September 14 – October 23, 2020

Session B: October 26 – December 11, 2020

17–22 Session A: September 1st, Session B: October 13th

$3,975 $3,475

Special introductory fee of $3,475 through September 1, 2020.

Need-based financial assistance is available!

Fall 2020 12 weeks

Online orientation and training

Session A: September 14 – December 11, 2020

17–22 September 1st

$8,475 $7,975

Special introductory fee of $7,975 through September 1, 2020.

Need-based financial assistance is available!

  • Fall 2020
  • Length
    Six weeks
  • Training Dates

    Online orientation and training

  • In-Country Dates

    Session A: September 14 – October 23, 2020

    Session B: October 26 – December 11, 2020

  • Ages
    17–22
  • Application Deadline
    Session A: September 1st, Session B: October 13th
  • Price

    $3,975 $3,475

    Special introductory fee of $3,475 through September 1, 2020.

    Need-based financial assistance is available!

  • Fall 2020
  • Length
    12 weeks
  • Training Dates

    Online orientation and training

  • In-Country Dates

    Session A: September 14 – December 11, 2020

  • Ages
    17–22
  • Application Deadline
    September 1st
  • Price

    $8,475 $7,975

    Special introductory fee of $7,975 through September 1, 2020.

    Need-based financial assistance is available!

Featured Speakers

Ambassador Arnold Chacon is a career member of the United States Foreign Service currently serving as the Senior Vice President at the National Defense University. He has held senior leadership positions at the State Department, including Chief of Mission in Guatemala and Chief Human Capital Officer. He is widely recognized for his expertise in Latin American and European affairs, talent management, communication strategies and building a diverse workforce.

Prior to his service in Guatemala, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Spain. His other diplomatic assignments include postings to U.S. Missions in Honduras, Mexico, Chile, Italy, Peru, Ecuador, and the United Nations. A life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Ambassador Chacon is a Boettcher Foundation Scholar and graduate of the University of Colorado.

Josh Fryday is California’s Chief Service Officer, leading the organization California Volunteers. Before this role, Josh was the mayor and city council member of Novato, CA. In his professional capacity, Josh served as President of Golden State Opportunity, working to provide financial security to low-income working people throughout California. Prior to that, he served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for NextGen Climate, a leading national organization focused on climate change and clean energy.

FAQ

Do I have to be enrolled in college to participate?

No, you do not have to be enrolled in college or planning to go to college to join. The Civic Action Gap Semester is open to any student ages 17-22 who has graduated high school, regardless of college plans. You should have an interest in civic engagement and a commitment to your community.

Do I have to be a Tufts University student to join?

No, you do not have to be a Tufts University student to join. The Civic Action Gap Semester is open to any high school graduate in the world!

Do we get to choose our volunteership placement?

You will have some choice in your placement, but we will take into account the needs of the partner agency and your skills and interests before placing you.

Instead of being matched to a placement, students can also submit their own volunteership proposals with organizations within their communities or networks.

How do I get college-level course credit?

Any student who completes the 12-week experience will receive 3 units of college credit from Tufts University (the equivalent of one course).

When do I need to be available?

You should plan to be online between 12 and 2 PM ET Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and you should make sure to have free time on Tuesdays or Thursdays to meet with your mentor. Your service placement schedule will depend on the agency’s needs and your availability.

What is the language requirement?

Students should be proficient in the English language as the curriculum will be delivered in English. Each student will join a Spanish or English language class for formal language instruction.

Can I apply for financial assistance?

Yes! We are excited to offer sliding scale fee with four tiers ranging from $250 to $8,475 based on a student’s financial situation. We encourage you to apply as early as possible, as our ability to offer lower fee packages is limited. Note on your application that you are applying for financial assistance. You will need to submit your most recent 1040 tax form or another form of income verification. Applicants will be notified of their financial assistance package when they are accepted to the Civic Action Gap Semester, before paying a deposit. If you are unable to participate due to financial reasons, the $50 application fee is refundable. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions about financial assistance. Click here for more information about fees and financial assistance.

 

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“The things you will learn and experience and the relationships you will build will remain with you through the rest of your life.”

—Emma, AMIGOS Gap Volunteer

Program Requirements
  • Internet access and a way to video chat
  • Age: 17–22
  • English fluency
  • Enthusiasm for civic action and community engagement
  • Interest in Latin America and the Spanish language
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As the headline event of the Adelante Festival, we'll come together for a live party to celebrate 56 years of impact, hear from inspiring speakers, have a dance party in our living rooms, and raise funds for AMIGOS!⠀

Featured guests include:⠀

Mike Zimbalist, Emcee⠀
Co-Founder and Documentary Film Director, All Rise Films⠀

Josh Fryday, Featured Speaker⠀
Chief Service Officer, California Volunteers⠀

Sara Nathan⠀
AMIGOS President & CEO⠀

2020 Community Impact Project and Youth Ambassador Volunteers, and MORE!⠀

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Every alum of AMIGOS has a story to share. Tell it in the Adelante Festival Alumni Fundraising Challenge!⠀

From August 5 – September 11, we are calling on each of our alumni to share their AMIGOS story and individually raise $250 to help AMIGOS expand our impact.⠀

Alumnus Paul Reidy ('77, '78, '79) is so passionate about helping AMIGOS grow and expand our mission that he is matching all donations up to $5,000!⠀

Have fun with other alumni and make an impact for young leaders and communities with AMIGOS. Join us today at amigosfundraising.org
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Do you want to learn more about online volunteering? Looking for a program you can do this fall with a friend?⠀

Join our team for a pop up Q&A on Wednesday, August 5th at noon or 6 PM Central!⠀

You can learn about different gap program options this fall, including our Civic Action Gap Semester, and answer any questions you have!⠀

RSVP at the link in our bio.
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Just because you hit pause on fall plans doesn't mean you can't take some extra time to prepare for success ahead!⠀

The Civic Action Gap Semester, a unique partnership between AMIGOS and Tufts University's Tisch College of Civic Life, was created to help give you a head start for 2021.⠀

If you apply for the Civic Action Gap Semester by Wednesday, August 12th, your application fee will be waived!⠀
Learn more at the link in our bio.
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Hands-on learning doesn't always have to be literally hands-on! The Civic Action Gap Semester can help you hone your Spanish language skills with a virtual community.⠀

Beyond formal Spanish language classes, you can practice conversational Spanish with your cohort during the weekly Language Café, an engaging time for real conversation in Spanish, English, and Spanglish.⠀

If you apply for the Civic Action Gap Semester by Wednesday, August 12th, your application fee will be waived!⠀

Apply now at the link in our bio.
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Get ready! The Silent Auction of the virtual Adelante Festival will open on Saturday, August 15th. Some of the items you will be able to bid on include:⠀

Vacation home getaways that you can escape to post-pandemic,⠀
Guided family service-learning trip to Mexico in 2021 (safe travel permitting),⠀
Memberships to yoga studios and meal subscription services to enjoy while you are social distancing at home,⠀
AMIGOS limited addition merch,⠀
And much more!⠀

Money raised from the Silent Auction will support new AMIGOS programs during the pandemic and expand access for students from all socioeconomic backgrounds.⠀

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