Get off the beaten path and explore Uruguay!
Live with a host family, become part of a new community, intern with a local organization, and experience the vibrant culture and laid-back lifestyle in Montevideo.

About the Region

City of Montevideo

Montevideo is the capital of Uruguay and the country’s largest city, though it has a laid-back feel. It has a rich culture and is consistently ranked as having the highest quality of life in Latin America. Montevideo’s old town (Ciudad Vieja) is a great place to stroll around, taking in a well-preserved peek into the past.


Uruguay has a reputation as a peaceful democratic country. Almost all of the country’s electricity comes from renewable energy! Understated Uruguay is an excellent spot to spend a few months and become part of the community.


Montevideo has cool winters and hot summers, but since it’s in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are reversed!

The city is situated between the wide Rio de la Plata (which serves as a border with Argentina) and the Atlantic Ocean.


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bondi = bus

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Example Workshop Themes
  • International development
  • Budgeting and project management
  • Community development
  • Working in a cross-cultural context
Example Day

Wake up and share coffee and breakfast with your host family before heading to your Spanish class with other gap volunteers. Head back to your host family for lunch before working on a design project for your internship in the afternoon. Stop by the market for a few local treats and then meet up with some friends to dance salsa. Then, rest up for another day!

Why Choose AMIGOS?

Each day brings new and unique opportunities! Find the best local spot in your new city, learn traditional dances, make new friends with people in your community, practice your Spanish, hike in national parks, and more!
Intern with a local partner agency to gain real work experience and help you hone the skills necessary for the real world. AMIGOS matches you with an internship based on your interests and goals, ensuring you get the most out of your experience.
From art and organic farming to business management and global development, you’ll have the freedom to explore topics that interest you. You’ll also learn about contemporary Latin America at monthly workshops. Get a glimpse into what life would be like working at the U.S. Embassy or as a Peace Corps Volunteer!
Community organizing, speaking Spanish, managing projects, accounting and budgeting, public speaking...These are just a handful of the practical, resume-ready skills you’ll cultivate on an AMIGOS Gap Program! Get a head start on your future by building these dynamic skills valued by modern employers.
Live with a local host family for your entire stay and become a part of the community. Your host family will be an invaluable guide as you get to know your new home. Take full advantage of your time together, learning local recipes and hearing their perspectives.
The best way to grow as a person is to journey beyond your comfort zone and experience new things. AMIGOS Gap alumni say they are more confident, better prepared for college, more focused, and more resilient.
Connect with people around the world who you would otherwise never have met! Bond with your host family over meals, make friends at your internship, and spend time with your fellow gap volunteers throughout your time abroad.
Do more than travel — live abroad! You’ll become part of a local community, making your time infinitely more rewarding. Immerse yourself in an authentic, one-of-a-kind experience far beyond anything else out there.
  • Fall Semester 2019
  • Length
    4 months
  • Training Dates
    Train in Houston with your fellow volunteers just before you leave for Uruguay!
  • In-Country Dates
    Aug 25–Dec 19, 2019
  • Ages
  • Price
    $13,950 (all-inclusive). College credit is available through the Gap Year Association for an additional $1,700 per semester.
Ready to start your application?

You'll embark on the adventure of a lifetime!

The things you will learn and experience, the relationships you will build, and the joy and love you will feel are irreplaceable and will remain with you through the rest of your life.
Emma, Gap Program Participant
Program Requirements
  • Meet the health criteria for AMIGOS participation and follow the mental health procedures if necessary
  • Receive required immunizations and medications
  • Graduated from high school (age 17–22)

Uruguay FishingExample Itinerary – FALL 2019 SEMESTER

*Dates subject to change.

Late August – Pre-departure training in Houston and in-country briefing in Uruguay.

September – Daily: morning Spanish classes, afternoon Spanish activities. First group workshop takes place.

October – Internship begins. Second group workshop takes place. First excursion with your group. Begin planning your community service project.

November – Internship daily. Third group workshop takes place. Continue working on community service project. Thanksgiving dinner with your group.

December – Internship daily. Second group excursion.

End of December – Gap semester volunteers depart. Gap Year students start winter vacation.


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