Promote community engagement while you live with a host family and lead daily activities for community members.
Enjoy Matagalpa's climate of "eternal spring" while you work with your community to propose and carry out a project that addresses community needs. Learn to cook gallo pinto and guirila from your host family and explore all that the region has to offer as you immerse yourself in community life. You'll see firsthand why the region is a popular destination for ecotourism, while also building connections with community members and forging friendships with local youth at regional workshops.
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)
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.
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.
Collaborate with local partners
Foster holistic development and community health by leading weekly activities with themes like environmental health, nutrition, waste management, hygienic practices, and more.
Movimiento Comunal Nicaragüense (MCN)
MCN is a nonprofit that works with community members to promote community engagement. They also focus on political engagement, economic development, gender, youth, environmental resource management, and health.
MCN recognizes the value of youth to development and community engagement. AMIGOS participants bring a spark with them into a community that can ignite a wave of involvement and participation from the community members. Participants will be working in communities with existing projects focusing on community health and well-being.
Prodessa is a nonprofit that promotes research and local development in rural areas of Nicaragua. They offer technical assistance to communities to conduct grassroots community development projects. . Their work focuses on capacity building of community members and economic growth development.