Spend a semester in laid-back Montevideo! Consistently ranked as having the highest quality of life in Latin America, understated Uruguay is an excellent place to immerse yourself and become part of the local community.

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Gap Semester: Montevideo, Uruguay 15 Weeks

Pre-departure training online and group training upon arrival in Uruguay

September 1–December 14, 2022

 

17–22 Coming soon!

Program fee $13,995

Need-based financial assistance is available!

  • Gap Semester: Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Length
    15 Weeks
  • Training Dates

    Pre-departure training online and group training upon arrival in Uruguay

  • In-Country Dates

    September 1–December 14, 2022

     

  • Ages
    17–22
  • Application Deadline
    Coming soon!
  • Price

    Program fee $13,995

    Need-based financial assistance is available!

What to Expect

THE BASICS

  • Intern approximately 30 hours per week
  • 15-week session
  • Live with a host family in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Robust health and safety protocols

 

What You’ll GET

  • Live with a host family and plug in to daily life in Montevideo
  • Intern with a local organization and complete a project you’re passionate about
  • Group excursions to beach towns, Buenos Aires, and Piriápolis
  • Mentorship through coaching, supervision, and support
  • Spanish classes tailored to your level
  • Earn 200 service hours
  • College credit is available through the Gap Year Association and Portland State University for a fee of $1,700. Email Admissions at [email protected] for more information.

 

What You’ll Need

  • Age: 17–22 (high school graduate)
  • Interest in community engagement

 

What’s Included

All expenses in Uruguay are covered, including:

  • Accommodation
  • Three meals per day
  • Spanish classes
  • Excursions and entrance fees at sites we visit
  • 24/7 On-Call Safety System
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About the Program

Example Internship Placements

  • Entrepreneurship in social impact or engineering
  • Nonprofit that supports marginalized populations
  • Graphic design for language curriculum

Example Excursions

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Cabo Polonio
  • Punta del Este
  • Piriápolis

Example Service Projects

  • Plan a workshop on youth entrepreneurship
  • Lead a recycling campaign
  • Build temporary housing for local populations

 

Questions?

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A Day in the Life

Wake up and share mate (a traditional tea) with your host family before heading to Spanish class with other AMIGOS volunteers. Spot street art on your walk back to your host family for lunch. Take a rest and begin working on a design project for your internship in the afternoon. Stop by the market for some empanadas and then meet up with friends to walk along La Rambla and watch the sunset. Catch a tango show before you head home for the evening.

 

 

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FAQ

What is it like to live with a host family?

You’ll get the totally unforgettable experience of immersing yourself in the Uruguayan way of life! Take part in your host family’s customs and celebrations, like birthdays and holidays. Share meals, play games, and gain a second family.

 

How is the program staffed and what is the ratio of staff to students?

The program will be led by a Project Director assisted by Project Coordinators. The staff to student ratio is near 1:7. Staff members meet with gap students regularly to make sure they are adjusting well, provide support, and help with any issues that arise. Staff also organize workshops and lead excursions.

 

Do I have to be enrolled in college to participate?

No, you do not need to be enrolled in college or planning on enrolling in college to join. This program is open to all students ages 17–22 who have graduated high school, regardless of college plans. You should have an interest in the Spanish language or Latin American culture and a commitment to your community.

 

What COVID-19 precautions are you taking?

We continue to carefully monitor the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and will make adjustments to COVID-19 protocols as we get closer to the start of the program. AMIGOS policies and procedures are updated routinely in consideration of the most current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), local ministries of health. All policies are reviewed by our AMIGOS Medical Director.

See our COVID-19 FAQ here.

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“The things you will learn and experience and the relationships you will build will remain with you through the rest of your life.”

—Emma, AMIGOS Gap Volunteer

Program Requirements
  • Age: 17–22 and high school graduate
  • Interest in community engagement
  • Elective participation (AMIGOS does not accept court-mandated participation)
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