Join a six week online initiative to connect across cultures, design positive service projects, and support your community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Session A: June 15–July 24
Session B: June 29–Aug 7
Session C: July 7–Aug 14
Session D: July 13–Aug 21
In 1965, AMIGOS launched a movement of young people committed to sharing responsibility for our global community.
The AMIGOS Community Impact Project gives you the chance to join this movement from home at a time when global connection and local action are more important than ever. This innovative initiative enables you to channel your energy into working with other young leaders across the U.S. and Latin America. You’ll create projects that address our most pressing issues during this global crisis and you’ll build a network of like-minded individuals committed to creating positive change.
Youth have enormous power to shape our response to the challenges of this pandemic and beyond. Position yourself to lead by starting dialogues, cultivating virtual communities, and considering creative and innovative ways to engage with one another. Harness your inspiration to support those in need during this pandemic and construct a more inclusive and open world after it subsides.
The Community Impact Project creates connections through online modules, virtual meet ups, and mentorship by a member of the AMIGOS network. Each module will foster different strategic approaches to cultural connection, project development, and personal leadership.
Take the time to explore how you define community and address issues you’re passionate about. You will leave this program with a tangible service project design and a portfolio of of your work to showcase on your resume, not to mention a new community that bridges borders.
Take action in your own community! 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.
Meet like-minded students from around the U.S. and Latin America who want to be young leaders for themselves, their communities, and the world. While borders may be closed, you can still meet other students committed to serving their communities during this pandemic. Built on AMIGOS values of intercultural awareness and inclusivity, diverse cohorts allow space for creative solutions, critical thinking, and language practice!
Intercultural communication is a key piece of the project management and leadership skills you’ll develop. The Community Impact Project consists of self-guided activities, one-on-one discussions with your mentor, small group projects, and live group discussions. Learn from others to expand and build on your project design skills.
You don’t have to travel abroad to be a global citizen! You can make an impact on the world around you from your living room while earning service hours. Design your own service project shaped specifically for your community’s needs. Learn what makes service ethical and sustainable, applying these concepts to the project you create.
Is the service project done individually or with a group?
Individually. This program will equip you to design a project that meets the needs of your community. Throughout the program, you’ll collaborate and give and receive feedback from your cohort, but your service project is yours to create!
Do we implement our service project during the six-week program or after?
After. This program gives you the tools to understand needs and gaps in your community. You will design and test (but not complete) your project during the course of the six week program. During the final week, you will present your project pitch to members of the AMIGOS community. It is our goal that you will be ready to implement your project once the program ends, though we understand that due to the impacts of COVID-19, not everyone will be able to implement their project right away.
Can I sign up with a friend?
Yes! We want to give everyone the chance to build a new, diverse network of friends, so you may request to be in the same cohort with one other friend when you register.
How does this program facilitate international cultural exchange?
We are inviting Latin American youth to join this program and implement their own projects in their communities. Many of the Cohort Directors and Mentors will be from Latin America as well.
What are some examples of service projects?
Your service project is completely up to you! That said, here are some project ideas:
When do I need to be available?
Program participants should be available between 11 AM and 2 PM Central Time, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Students will have one-on-one meetings with their mentor on Tuesday or Thursday. Students should plan to spend 10–15 hours per week in this program, through a combination of time online with their cohort and on their own.
Adam Shreeve is the Regional Director for Ecuador and Peru. He has extensive experience living with and working alongside developing communities within Latin America. After college, Adam served as a member of the United States Peace Corps in Guatemala. His experience in the Peace Corps forged within him a passion for indigenous communities and public health. He has worked with AMIGOS for three years, running the Gap and Summer Program in Ecuador. Originally from Tennessee, Adam now resides in Quito, Ecuador.
Originally from Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica, Nicol Chinchilla considers herself a change-maker, passionate about contributing to the development of rural communities while also helping to preserve their essence of traditional living. In 2016, Nicol received her B.A. in Environmental Studies and Business & Nonprofit Management from Earlham College.
For the last two years Nicol has worked with indigenous and farming community-based organizations in Central America providing capacity building training. She is committed to social entrepreneurship and enjoys working with women entrepreneurs guiding them towards their own paths of leadership.
Pablo Dávila is an economist who graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. For the last three years, he has worked with civil society organizations both in his home country (Ecuador) and internationally.
Within these roles Pablo has specialized in the design, implementation, financing, and evaluation of social projects aimed to solve current problems such as gender inequality and environmental degradation. He lives in Panama City.
Zyro Honty was born in Montevideo, Uruguay. He has been working for an AMIGOS partner agency for many years, managing programs for youth and children aiming to empower them and help them develop new skills. In 2016, he served on summer staff in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. He also lived in New Zealand, where he developed a passion for snowboarding. Back at home, he enjoys playing volleyball, drinking mate, and eating an asado, as any good Uruguayan.
AMIGOS was the first opportunity Lauren took advantage of to travel internationally. Little did she know that it would solidify her interest in cultural exchange and community development! During her time at the University of Notre Dame, she continued to read, listen, examine, and dialogue about the processes for understanding individual and societal change in both local and international contexts. Through her study abroad experience, an Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Grant, and later, the U.S. Student Fulbright Program, Lauren worked with a an organization in Chile to research and improve health and education programs for adolescent mothers.
Now based in Chicago, she supports the AMIGOS chapter network as it provides mentorship, builds community, and empowers local students. As a Cohort Director she is thrilled to support her students as they embark on the first ever virtual program from AMIGOS!
Born and raised in Argentina, Flor Tinnirello has a great passion for conducting programmatic work oriented to enhance the effectiveness with which community-based organizations develop initiatives to increase access to education and health in rural areas. After obtaining her Master’s degree in International Development, she worked as an Associate in Washington D.C, as Operations Director in Guatemala, and Program Manager in Cambodia. She finds life to be always more fascinating when listening to music and discovering the world through the lens of her camera. You will usually find her in a coffee shop reading the news while enjoying a cup of hot, black coffee!
Week 1: Know Yourself
Virtual orientation! Meet students from across the U.S. and Latin America–they are your new virtual community for the next six weeks! Learn to define and share about your culture and identity. Gain insight into your leadership style and lean in to your strengths. Take part in the first language cafe!
Week 2: Your Community & Your Role Within it
Choose how you define your community. Dive into design thinking to uncover the needs that will inform your individual service project. Meet up with your cohort and get a literal glimpse of their lives through a virtual home tour. Chat with your mentor one-on-one to begin framing your project. Explore ethics in leadership and how you can play a role in your community’s COVID-19 response.
Week 3: Understanding the Needs and Assets of Your Community
Dig into your passions through vision boarding to underline the purpose behind your service project. Watch a short film with your group and discuss how stereotypes can impact our lives. Meet up in the Llama Lounge to hear from a guest speaker. Get ready to laugh: this week’s language cafe is all about our favorite chistes!
Week 4: Building Your Project Idea and Modeling Your Prototype
Test out your project on a small scale through prototype design! Work on your elevator pitch by uploading a video to TikTok. Take part in a virtual cook off: challenge your cohort to find out who the top chef is! Deconstruct biases through a discussion board on our preconceived notions. What’s on your cohort’s summer soundtrack? Find out when you collaborate on a shared playlist.
Week 5: Prototype Testing and Evaluation
Prepare to pitch your project to members of the AMIGOS community. Learn a new dance from a different culture and show us your moves! Share your leadership journey with a video montage. Discuss how learning from failure can make you more successful. Grab the popcorn for a cross-cultural movie watching party.
Week 6: Share Your Vision
The big moment is here! Pitch your service project to a hand-picked panel of special guests. Meet up with your cohort and mentor to discuss your next steps. Evaluate the progress you’ve made toward your personal goals over the last six weeks. Join a virtual celebration before your session comes to a close!
Teenagers truly can make a difference in their communities and the world if we open the door to their involvement, spark their interest in engagement, and provide some simple tools and encouragement.
—Joe, AMIGOS Alumnus, ’90–’92
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