Put your social media skills to good use in the Yucatán!
As you learn all about how Mayan and Mexican culture intermingle in this sunny peninsula, you’ll work with partner agencies to document the work that they are doing in communities, while also capturing your own story. Sleep in a hammock and enjoy the delicious Yucatecan cuisine as you immerse yourself in community life.

About the Region



Slang & local phrases

Órale = yes, okay

¡qué padre! = how cool!

Biix a beel = how are you?


Lime soup; poc chuc (pork marinated in sour orange juice); papadzules (hardboiled egg rolled up in a tortilla, covered with pumpkin seed sauce)


The Yucatan Peninsula is isolated from the rest of the country, which means the area has a distinct culture, cuisine, and language. The Maya language is widely spoken and the culture celebrated!

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
    6 weeks
  • Training Dates
    In-Country Training:
    June 29 – July 3
  • In-Country Dates
    July 3 – August 14
  • Ages
    15 - 22
  • Price
    $6,275 (includes international airfare)
Want to go to Mexico?

Applications for summer 2018 are closed, but you can sign up to find out when our 2019 programs are announced!

No other organization does such a fantastic job of giving young people a huge amount of independence and responsibility.
Ben, 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 at least 16 years old by December 31st, 2018
  • Have two years of Spanish study or the equivalent

Yucatán Project Itinerary

*Dates may be subject to change.

July 3 – Participants arrive. Project Leadership Teams pick them up at the airport and the group travels together to Merida.

July 3 – 6 – Briefing. The Project Leadership Team leads all participants in a country-specific orientation to AMIGOS and the Yucatán Project.

July 6 – Project Leadership Teams travel with participants to their host communities.

July 13 – Action plans due – supervisors collect action plans for participants’ community projects.

July 16 – Approval of projects and purchase of materials. Supervisors will support community members in purchasing materials. Participants will work with local youth to implement their project.

July 27 – 28 – Participants invite 2 – 3 youth from each community to partake in the Youth Leadership Training. Youth will present about their project and receive training on leadership.

August 14 – Participants depart.