Study at a local university and then put your lessons into action in your host community!
Spend your summer on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, soaking up the sunshine and pushing yourself with a hands-on learning experience. As a participant in Barranquilla, you'll study Global Health at the Universidad del Norte. After a two-week course, you'll get to put your lessons into action in a nearby community while also taking in the lively culture that Colombia has to offer.

About the Region


Hot, coastal, humid


chévere = cool

pelado/a = kid


Seafood, arepas (thick corn tortilla), patacones (fried plantains)


Colombianos or Barranquilleros


Carlos Vives, Joe Arroyo, Shakira, Fonseca, Juanes, Maluma

Project Features

AMIGOS participants increase their language ability through immersion that goes beyond what can be achieved in a classroom. They improve their fluency, learn local slang, and increase their confidence with real-world practice.
Living with a host family is central to the AMIGOS experience. All host families volunteer to open their homes to young people from another culture. Participants and host families build long-lasting relationships and often stay in touch after the project has closed.
While in country, AMIGOS participants work on a community-led service project. Every service project is unique, but each channels young people's ideas to create postive change.
The opportunity for independence and self direction makes AMIGOS unique. Participants shape their time in country according to their passions. the possibilities are endless - what each participants takes out of their experience is up to them!
Every Amigo is mentored by a member of our project leadership team through regular check-ins and personalized feedback. This allows participants to experience the independence hat sets out programs apart, with the support of a passionate facilitator.
Participants build their leadership and community development skills through hands-on training. Not only is AMIGOS training fun and engaging, it gives participants the necessary tools for success in the field and beyond.
  • National Participants
  • Length
    9 weeks
  • Training Dates
    Incorporated into in-country briefing
  • In-Country Dates
    June 6 – August 9
  • Ages
    18 - 22
  • Price
    $6,775 (includes international airfare)
Want to go to Colombia?

Applications for summer 2018 are closed, but you can sign up to find out when our 2019 programs are announced!

AMIGOS absolutely changed my life. Through the challenging experiences I faced as a volunteer and project staff member I proved to myself what I am capable of accomplishing and now when I face an obstacle I have concrete examples to look back on and prove to myself that I am capable of accomplishing whatever I set my mind to.
2013 Summer Program Participant
Program Requirements
  • Meet the health criteria for AMIGOS participation and follow the mental health procedures if necessary
  • Receive required immunizations and medications
  • Be at least 18 years old by program start date
  • Have two years of Spanish study or the equivalent

Barranquilla Project Itinerary

*Dates may be subject to change.

June 6 – Participants arrive. Project Leadership Teams pick them up at the airport.

June 7 – 9 – Briefing. Project Leadership Teams lead all participants in a country-specific orientation to AMIGOS and the Barranquilla Project.

June 10 – Extracurricular Activity – Fun sessions for local youth that focus on specific topics, like personal health, creative expression, the environment, gender equality, nutrition, etc!

June 11 – 22 – Global Health course at Uninorte

June 23 – 24 – Extracurricular Activities

June 25 – Participants travel to their host communities with Project Leadership Team members

June 26 – First week in community

June 30 – Youth Encuentro – Capacity building workshops held for local youth. These may be project-wide as well as region-wide.

July 1 – 13 – In community

July 14 – Midterm. Participants travel to Barranquilla and spend the day reflecting on their project with all participants. They will also have an option to call home during this time. This date may change.

July 15 – Week 4 in community

July 21 – Youth Encuentro

July 22 – August 1 – In community

August 2 – All participants return to Barranquilla

August 3 – Graduation Ceremony

August 4 – 7 – Debriefing. Participants reflect on their time in community, their host family, and their project. Fun excursions to areas of interest.

August 9 – Participants depart.




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