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.
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.
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.
Build on your coursework with your community project
Explore a topic that interests you in class and gain hands-on experience with a local partner agency.
Universidad del Norte (UniNorte) Univoluntarios
Univoluntarios is the volunteer group at UniNorte that promotes volunteer opportunities and social engagement. Univoluntarios sees their work as vital training for lifelong civic engagement.
Univoluntarios select partner agencies where participants will be placed during their time in community. These organizations vary from nonprofits to health clinics and participants work closely with them on diverse projects.
Hospital Universidad del Norte:
The university hospital is a potential placement for participants on the global health track.
Puesto de Salud de Salgar:
This clinic provides participants the opportunity to observe and take action on local health issues.
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
Meet the health criteria for AMIGOS participation and follow the mental health procedures if necessary