Enjoy the vibrant culture of the Dominican Republic while working with peers to create a sports league!
Soak up the sun in the Dominican Republic as you work with local youth to put leadership in motion and start a sports league in your community. After building your team, travel together to tournaments and workshops to compete against other teams in the region. Meanwhile, spend your time in community immersing yourself in the lively culture of the Dominican Republic, enjoying arroz con habichuelas (a local dish made with rice and beans), and learning to play dominoes with your new friends.

About the Region

Climate

Hot and humid

Slang

guagua = bus

¿qué lo qué? = what’s up?

Food

la bandera – a typical Dominican meal with rice, beans, and salad

tostones – flattened, fried plantains

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
    4 weeks
  • Training Dates
    Houston Gateway Training
    A: June 8 – June 12
    B: July 14 – July 18
  • In-Country Dates
    A: June 12 – July 11
    B: July 18 – August 15
  • Ages
    15 - 22
  • Price
    $6,275 (includes international airfare)
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There were 8 people living in the house I stayed in. This was technically my “host family,” but in reality, the entire community acted together to make me feel safe, secure, and loved. After my first week of staying in Maguana I stopped feeling like I was being hosted and started to acknowledge the fact that the people I was interacting with had accepted me into their community with the intentions of making me part of their families. As the summer went on I started to feel like I never wanted to go back home.
Ernesto, Dominican Republic Project 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 16 years old by December 31st, 2018
  • Have two years of Spanish study or the equivalent