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. 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)



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
    Houston Gateway Training: June 15 - June 19
  • In-Country Dates
    June 19 – August 1 [1 spot left!]
  • Ages
    15 - 22
  • Price
    $6,275 (includes international airfare)
Ready to join AMIGOS?

There is only one spot left on this project! Apply by May 1st!

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 31, 2018
  • Have two years of Spanish study or the equivalent

MATAGALPA Project Itinerary

*Dates may be subject to change.

June 19 – Participants arrive. Project Leadership Teams pick them up at the airport and the group travels to the briefing site, outside of Matagalpa.

June 19 – 22 – Briefing. Project Leadership Teams lead all participants in a country-specific orientation to AMIGOS and the Matagalpa Project. On the last day of briefing, the group will travel to Matagalpa, where local volunteers will join for the first youth encuentro, a workshop for local youth.

June 24 – 30 – Week 1 of Extracurricular Activities, fun sessions for local youth that focus on specific topics. Week 1’s topic is “Getting to Know Your Community and Its Environment.”

July 1 – 7 – Week 2 of Extracurricular Activities: The Environment: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

July 8 – 14 – Week 3 of Extracurricular Activities: Leadership & Positive Relationships.

July 13 – 14 – Youth encuentro

July 15 – 21 – Week 4 of Extracurricular Activities: Health: Nutrition & Hygiene

July 22 – 28 – Week 5 of Extracurricular Activities: Community Health.

July 29 – Despedida – host families, community members, partner agencies, and participants have a goodbye party.

July 29 – August 1 – Participants leave their communities and come together for debriefing: a workshop to process your experiences together and prepare for your return home. Participants will also go on excursions to some cool Nicaraguan spots!

August 1 – Participants depart.





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