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.
Get out of your element!
Experience biodiversity and immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture while you work on an environmentally-focused project with your host community.
AMIGOS is such an incredible program for a cultural immersion experience because they incorporate the opportunity to live and work within a Latin American community. I learned a lot of Spanish and had a blast with my new Tico friends!
Lily, Costa Rica Project Participant
Meet the health criteria for AMIGOS participation and follow the mental health procedures if necessary