Get an introductory AMIGOS experience while you soak in the culture of Nicaragua and collaborate on a project!
Discover AMIGOS is a two-week introductory AMIGOS experience led by seasoned facilitators. Participants learn about the rich culture of Nicaragua, practice their Spanish, experience conservation efforts at a sea turtle estuary, work with local communities, and stay with a host family. Choose the Discover AMIGOS program to surround yourself with Spanish and soak up Nicaraguan culture, enjoying typical foods such as gallo pinto.

About the Region

Climate

Tropical

Slang

dale = okay

chavalo/a = kid

Food

Guirila (sweet corn tortilla served with homemade cheese and sour cream), gallo pinto (rice and black beans), cuajada (homemade cheese)

Economy

Agricultural. Main exports are coffee, cotton, sugar, and bananas.

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.
  • Discover AMIGOS A - FULL
  • Length
    2 weeks
  • Training Dates
    Online and incorporated into briefing
  • In-Country Dates
    June 21 - July 5 (FULL)
  • Ages
    13 - 15
  • Price
    $3,175 (includes international airfare)
  • Discover AMIGOS B - FULL
  • Length
    2 weeks
  • Training Dates
    Online and incorporated into briefing
  • In-Country Dates
    July 12 - July 26 (FULL)
  • Ages
    13 - 15
  • Price
    $3,175 (includes international airfare)
Ready to start your application?

This project is full for summer 2018. Check out our other two-week program, Discover AMIGOS Panama.

Discover Panama
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 13 - 15 years old at the start of the program

DISCOVER NICARAGUA Project Itinerary

*Dates may be subject to change.

June 21 – Session A Participants arrive. Project Leadership Teams pick them up at the airport and the group travels to the briefing site, in Chinandega.

June 22 – 23 – Briefing. Project Leadership Teams lead all participants in a country-specific orientation to AMIGOS and the Discover AMIGOS Project. On Saturday the 23rd, the group will travel to Padre Ramos and begin working with the sea turtle conservation project.

June 23 – 26 – The group is in Padre Ramos working with sea turtles.

June 26 – Travel as a group to Chinandega. Meet with the NGO PLAN Nicaragua.

June 27 – 28 – Day trip to community with PLAN (stay the night in Chinandega).

June 29 – July 1 – Stay in community with host families.

July 2 – Last day in community and despedida (goodbye party). Travel to debriefing site.

July 3 – 4 – Debriefing: a workshop to process your experiences together and prepare for your return home. Participants will also go on excursions to some cool Nicaraguan spots!

July 5 – Session A participants depart.

July 12 – Session B Participants arrive. Project Leadership Teams pick them up at the airport and the group travels to the briefing site, in Chinandega.

July 13 – 14 – Briefing. Project Leadership Teams lead all participants in a country-specific orientation to AMIGOS and the Discover AMIGOS Project. On Saturday the 23rd, the group will travel to Padre Ramos and begin working with the sea turtle conservation project.

July 14 – 17 – The group is in Padre Ramos working with sea turtles.

July 17 – Travel as a group to Chinandega. Meet with the NGO PLAN Nicaragua.

July 18 – 19 – Day trip to community with PLAN (stay the night in Chinandega).

July 20 – 22 – Stay in community with host families.

July 23 – Last day in community and despedida (goodbye party). Travel to debriefing site.

July 24 – 25 – Debriefing: a workshop to process your experiences together and prepare for your return home. Participants will also go on excursions to some cool Nicaraguan spots!

July 26 – Session B participants depart.

 

 

 

 

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