Advance gender equality and children's rights through the positive influence of sports.
Spend your summer in the land of lakes and volcanoes working with local kids and teens to build essential skills through sports. In collaboration with our local partner organization, encourage the inclusion of girls in different athletic activities. After a long day in the field, relax with your host family in a hammock and enjoy a plate of gallo pinto, a staple of local cuisine. The application deadline is May 1st.

About the Region




dale = okay

chavalo/a = kid


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


Known for its coffee, cacao, and dairy products

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
    7 weeks
  • Training Dates
    Houston Gateway Training: June 8 - June 12
  • In-Country Dates
    June 12 – August 1
  • Ages
    15 - 22
  • Price
    $6,275 (includes international airfare)
Ready to start your application?

Spots are filling up fast! Apply by May 1st.

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 at least 16 years old by December 31, 2018
  • Have two years of Spanish study or the equivalent

CHONTALES Project Itinerary

*Dates may be subject to change.

June 12 – Participants arrive. Project Leadership Teams pick them up at the airport and the group spends the night in Managua.

June 13 – 14 – Briefing. Participants travel with the Project Leadership Team to the city of Juigalpa. Staff lead all participants in a country-specific orientation to AMIGOS and the Chontales Project. The first Youth Encuentro (capacity building workshops held for local youth) will take place on the last day of briefing.

June 18 – 22 – Week 1 of Extracurricular Activities: Getting to know your community and its environment.

June 25 – 29 – Week 2 of Extracurricular Activities: Health.

July 2 – 6 – Week 3 of Extracurricular Activities: Creative Expression.

July 9 – 13 – Week 4 of Extracurricular Activities: Inclusion, Diversity, and Bullying Prevention

Week of July 9 – 13 – Midterm. Supervisors organize a time to relax with all the Chontales participants and the Project Leadership Team. Participants will have an option to call home during this time.

July 16 – 20 – Week 5 of Extracurricular Activities: Gender Equality

July 23 – 27 – Week 6 of Extracurricular Activities: The Environment and Food Security. The despedida (goodbye party) will be held this week.

July 29 – August 1 – Participants leave community on the 29th and come together for debriefing. This is a chance for participants to process, reflect, and prepare to return home. They will also get a chance to see different attractions in and around Juigalpa. On July 31, participants will leave Juigalpa with the Project Leadership Team and travel to Managua.

August 1 – Participants depart.




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