Immerse yourself in the unique and vibrant Paraguayan culture while living and doing service in a rural community. During your time in Paraguay, you may learn some of the local Guaraní language while sipping mate or tereré with your host family. Throughout the summer, you will have the opportunity to work on service projects that your host community has prioritized, all while making meaningful connections and building lasting relationships.
Length Requirements Dates Ages Application
Deadline
Price
Paraguay: Tierra Guaraní 6 Weeks

Minimum 2 years of Spanish

Passport valid 6 months after project end date

Pre-departure training, online or in-person

Attend Health and Safety and Project webinars in the Spring

June 25–Aug 6, 2024

15–19 National Chapter: April 16

$6,175 – National Chapter

Fees include all in-country expenses

Flight costs are not included

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  • Paraguay: Tierra Guaraní
  • Length
    6 Weeks
  • Requirements

    Minimum 2 years of Spanish

    Passport valid 6 months after project end date

    Pre-departure training, online or in-person

    Attend Health and Safety and Project webinars in the Spring

  • Dates

    June 25–Aug 6, 2024

  • Ages
    15–19
  • Application Deadline
    National Chapter: April 16
  • Price

    $6,175 – National Chapter

    Fees include all in-country expenses

    Flight costs are not included

    Learn more about Fundraising & Financial Assistance

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About the Project

Project Type

Community Immersion

Who is this project good for?

Students who are looking for a high level of independence and cultural immersion.  Students will spend 6 weeks in their host communities with a weekly staff visit and check-in. Volunteers on this project must be self-motivated and comfortable operating in an environment with limited supervision and direction.

College Credit

Receive college credit for joining this project! Learn more here.

Food and Dietary Restrictions

Most food will be homecooked typical Paraguayan food, including meat, corn and rice.

Borí Borí: balls of corn flour and cheese. They are added to a fresh vegetable or chicken broth or stew, much like dumplings to create a satisfying meal. Chipa: Chipa is a savory cheesy scone. Sopa Paraguaya: Paraguay’s unique cornmeal-based bread!

Homestay and Lodging Info

Combination of dormitory style lodging and homestays.  Volunteers will be split into groups of 2-3 per community and live with a host family with one partner or independently.  The group will be together at the beginning and end of the project.

Climate and Terrain

Climate: Paraguay’s climate is seasonal and subject to abrupt changes. It is subtropical, with summer and winter seasons opposite to those in the United States. Winter extends from June through August. Cold snaps of 4 or 5 days with temperatures in the low 40s and high 30s are interspersed with several days in the upper 70s and low 80s. Frosts occur rarely.

Terrain: Grassy plains and wooded hills east of Rio Paraguay; Gran Chaco region west of Rio Paraguay mostly low, marshy plain near the river, and dry forest and thorny scrub elsewhere.

Slang
Jopará (Yopará): The blend of Guarani and Spanish language.
Tranquilopa: This term means it’s all good, chill out, relax, don’t worry, or everything is going to work out.
Tereré: Cold version of mate – herbal drink, considered the national beverage.

Service Hours

Earn 72 service hours.

AMIGOS History in the Region

AMIGOS initiated its work in Paraguay in 1972 in partnership with the Ministerio de Salud (Ministry of Health). Through the years, projects have focused on a variety of themes including immunizations, community sanitation, youth leadership development, and childhood education. AMIGOS ran open-enrollment summer programs in Paraguay through 2017 and is excited to be returning this year!

What makes this project unique?

Paraguay is unique because it is a bilingual country, where a native language, Guaraní, is recognized as an official national language along with Spanish. The Guarani culture is deeply rooted in Paraguay.

Due to the country’s central location in South America, it is sometimes referred to as Corazón de Sudamérica (Heart of South America).

44PM+99 Mariscal Lopez 4ta Linea, Paraguay
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What You'll Do

Partner AgencY

Despite not operating summer open enrollment programs in Paraguay since 2017, AMIGOS has maintained strong local partnership to support our Youth Ambassadors program in Paraguay.  We are excited to expand the relationship with our partners in the country as we invest in a return to the region.

 

Example Activities

  • Participate in Spanish and Guaraní classes
  • Develop a service project with local youth and implement it together.
  • Meet up with fellow AMIGOS to connect with friends and family back home during your mid-term excursion!
  • Fundraise with your community members for a local initiative

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive in Paraguay- Asuncion- Stay in hostel near the airport overnight with group
Day 2-4: Briefing Site- Briefing activities, meet your fellow volunteers, participate in Spanish and Guarani classes
Day 5-40: Host Communities – Students will be divided into their communities and begin homestay! During this time, students will work with their communities to develop and carry out a service project of the community’s choosing.

Day 40-42: Asuncion- Dorm style lodging. Participate in Debriefing activities and curriculum. Group excursion. Travel to the airport for your late-night flight back to the United States!

*Itineraries are subject to change.

I had the opportunity to make new friends both in the U.S.A and in Paraguay, improve my Spanish, learn some Guarani, improve my leadership skills and discover the new culture.

—Rohayhu, Volunteer in Paraguari, Paraguay

Program Requirements
  • Meet the health criteria for AMIGOS participation
  • Receive required immunizations
  • Be age 15–19 on the project start date
  • Have taken 2 years of Spanish or the equivalent
  • Passport valid 6 months after project start date
  • Complete pre-departure training, online or in-person
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Program Pillars

Ethical Service

Learn how to create ethical service initiatives by working with–not for–a community, engaging local organizations and partners, and evaluating the impact of your work. AMIGOS works with trusted local partners that are passionate and committed to working with our volunteers on community service projects.

Cultural Humility

Cultural humility is a process of both self-reflection about your own culture as well as learning about other cultures. You will examine your own beliefs and cultural identity and gain an understanding of how structural racism has impacted societies and the roles that communities can take to lead systemic change.

Leadership

Learn, grow, and discover your leadership potential! Explore your sense of purpose and start to establish your personal goals and values through introspection and inquiry.

Why Choose AMIGOS?

Have an Adventure

Travel off the beaten path and to must-see spots in Ecuador! Live like a local, not a tourist, with a host family in your host community. You’ll get to see these places from the distinct perspective of someone who has spent time in that country and learned about the culture firsthand. Plus, you’ll bond with volunteers and community members and have fun!

Travel with Trust

AMIGOS is the industry leader in health and safety management. Our staff is prepared to help you with any situation that may arise. Each volunteer receives a personalized emergency plan, as well as support from local staff teams and a professional 24-hour On-Call Safety Team of travel specialists, doctors, and mental health specialists. A Health and Wellness Coordinator is on staff with the group throughout the duration of their stay. AMIGOS also has an established network of vetted medical clinics and hospitals throughout the region.

Practice Spanish

AMIGOS programs provide a unique opportunity to experience a new culture. Volunteers report increased fluency in Spanish after completing our program. Activities go far beyond the classroom — you’ll lead activities in Spanish, learn local slang, and increase your confidence with real-world practice. You will not believe how fast your Spanish improves when you use it in conversation every day!

Check out Blog and Instagram Posts from this Project

Hello everyone! 🙌 We are the Tierra Guaraní project staff, we are very excited to welcome and accompany you on this adventure. ✨
We are from different countries, so get to know us a little better:

-Vanessa (right) is the Project Director and she is from Quito, Ecuador 🇪🇨. Also, she is half Colombian and she loves arepas or any food with cheese. 😋🧀#cheeselover

-Johana (top center) is the Subdirector and she is from Villarrica, Paraguay 🇵🇾. She loves traveling with friends, eating pizza, and she is a dog and cat lover.🐱💖

-María (bottom center) is one of the Project Supervisor and she is from Guayaquil, Ecuador 🇪🇨. She is left-handed and she loves art in general, but she is more into painting and drawing! 🎨

-Gabriel (left) is a Project Supervisor and he is from Ciudad del Este, Paraguay🇵🇾. He really likes being outdoors, watching birds, and spending time with his dogs. 🐾❤️

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¡Hola a todos! 🙌 Somos el project staff de Tierra Guaraní, estamos muy emocionados de recibirles y acompañarles en esta aventura. ✨
Somos de diferentes países, así que, para conocernos un poco mejor:

 -Vanessa (derecha) es la Directora del Proyecto y es de Quito, Ecuador 🇪🇨. Además es mitad colombiana y le encantan las arepas o cualquier comida con queso. 😋🧀#cheeselover

 -Johana (arriba al centro) es la Subdirectora y es de Villarrica, Paraguay 🇵🇾. Le encanta viajar con amigos, comer pizza y es amante de los perros y los gatos.🐱💖

 -María (abajo al centro) es Supervisora de Proyecto y es de Guayaquil, Ecuador 🇪🇨. Es zurda y le encanta el arte en general, ¡pero le gusta más pintar y dibujar! 🎨

 -Gabriel (izquierda) es Supervisor de Proyecto y es de Ciudad del Este, Paraguay🇵🇾. Le gusta mucho estar al aire libre, observar pájaros y pasar tiempo con sus perros. 🐾❤️

Hello everyone! 🙌 We are the Tierra Guaraní project staff, we are very excited to welcome and accompany you on this adventure. ✨
We are from different countries, so get to know us a little better:

-Vanessa (right) is the Project Director and she is from Quito, Ecuador 🇪🇨. Also, she is half Colombian and she loves arepas or any food with cheese. 😋🧀#cheeselover

-Johana (top center) is the Subdirector and she is from Villarrica, Paraguay 🇵🇾. She loves traveling with friends, eating pizza, and she is a dog and cat lover.🐱💖

-María (bottom center) is one of the Project Supervisor and she is from Guayaquil, Ecuador 🇪🇨. She is left-handed and she loves art in general, but she is more into painting and drawing! 🎨

-Gabriel (left) is a Project Supervisor and he is from Ciudad del Este, Paraguay🇵🇾. He really likes being outdoors, watching birds, and spending time with his dogs. 🐾❤️

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¡Hola a todos! 🙌 Somos el project staff de Tierra Guaraní, estamos muy emocionados de recibirles y acompañarles en esta aventura. ✨
Somos de diferentes países, así que, para conocernos un poco mejor:

-Vanessa (derecha) es la Directora del Proyecto y es de Quito, Ecuador 🇪🇨. Además es mitad colombiana y le encantan las arepas o cualquier comida con queso. 😋🧀#cheeselover

-Johana (arriba al centro) es la Subdirectora y es de Villarrica, Paraguay 🇵🇾. Le encanta viajar con amigos, comer pizza y es amante de los perros y los gatos.🐱💖

-María (abajo al centro) es Supervisora de Proyecto y es de Guayaquil, Ecuador 🇪🇨. Es zurda y le encanta el arte en general, ¡pero le gusta más pintar y dibujar! 🎨

-Gabriel (izquierda) es Supervisor de Proyecto y es de Ciudad del Este, Paraguay🇵🇾. Le gusta mucho estar al aire libre, observar pájaros y pasar tiempo con sus perros. 🐾❤️
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Dane (KC) and Sawyer (Austin) having a meeting with their community's jóvenes to finalize plans for the CBIP #somosamigos2017 #getoutofyourelement #amigosguaira

Dane (KC) and Sawyer (Austin) having a meeting with their community`s jóvenes to finalize plans for the CBIP #somosamigos2017 #getoutofyourelement #amigosguaira ...

Charlotte (SD) and Alice (Austin) got to celebrate the 103rd birthday of a community member #amigosguaira #getoutofyourelement #somosamigos2017

Charlotte (SD) and Alice (Austin) got to celebrate the 103rd birthday of a community member #amigosguaira #getoutofyourelement #somosamigos2017 ...

Participants Luke (KC) and Richard (Seattle) got the chance to feed their host family's chickens this morning. #somosamigos2017 #getoutofyourelement #amigosguaira

Participants Luke (KC) and Richard (Seattle) got the chance to feed their host family`s chickens this morning. #somosamigos2017 #getoutofyourelement #amigosguaira ...

Weekend feels #amigosguaira #getoutofyourelement #somosamigos2017

Weekend feels #amigosguaira #getoutofyourelement #somosamigos2017 ...

Sawyer Wilson (Austin) getting tackled by kids at campamentos! #somosamigos2017 #getoutofyourelement #amigosguaira

Sawyer Wilson (Austin) getting tackled by kids at campamentos! #somosamigos2017 #getoutofyourelement #amigosguaira ...

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