While the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our traditional program model, we believe there are still opportunities for young people to strengthen their personal leadership skills, deepen cultural competency, and gain the skills needed to create positive community change.
Over the next year, AMIGOS will offer virtual and in-person programs, as health conditions permit. We remain committed to providing these opportunities to students from both the United States and Latin America.
The changes we have made to our in-person summer programming this year include:
For more information on our decision to return to the field, please visit our blog, La Carta.
Please note that project staff applications for summer 2022 will open this fall.
Each summer AMIGOS trains college students and young professionals from all over the Americas to mentor our program volunteers and lead our summer projects in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States. All travel and living expenses are covered for these positions. Staff also receive a stipend based on experience, length of project, and role.
Project Directors are the highest level of project management in the field and are part of the Senior Staff Team. Project Directors travel to the assigned region before projects begin in order to finalize plans with partnering agencies. During the project, Project Directors oversee volunteer training and overall management of the project.
The Project Coordinator will support the Project Director and Health and Wellness Coordinator in facilitating a leadership, service, and cultural humility pod program. This person will always be with the group and stay at the group lodging location. The Project Coordinator works closely with the staff team to implement a comprehensive and enriching program. This is a full-time, seasonal position.
The Health and Wellness Coordinator will support the Project Director and Coordinator in facilitating a leadership, service, and cultural exchange pod program. This person will always be with the group and stay at the group lodging location. The primary duty of the Health and Wellness Coordinator is to ensure the health and safety of all volunteers and program staff.
Read more about our projects here. All project staff team members are expected to be present in their work area for the full duration of the indicated project dates, as well as 7 days before the project begins and 7 days after it ends. You will need to self-isolate for 14 days before you arrive.
Please note that project staff applications for summer 2022 will open in the fall.
Costa Rica: Los Santos
Session A – June 15–July 5
Session B – July 13–August 5
Costa Rica: Cartago y Caribe
Session A – June 8–28
Session B: July 6–26
Costa Rica: Montañas y Mar
Session A – June 22–July 12
Session B: July 20–August 9
Ecuador: La Costa
Session A – June 8–28
Session B – July 6–26
Ecuador: La Sierra
Session A – June 16–July 6
Session B – July 14–August 3
United States: Western Colorado
Session A – June 21–July 11
Session B – July 19–August 8
What are the requirements to be a Project Staff member?
In order to qualify for a Project Staff position, you must be at least 18 years old. All Project Staff applicants must be at least one year out of high school – either having completed their first year or university or having completed a year of work/life experience. Spanish is the working language in our project areas, and all applicants must have strong Spanish skills, as well as fluent English in order to communicate with our U.S. volunteers.
What are the minimum requirements to be a Project Staff member?
• 18 years of age or older
• Excellent or fluent Spanish-speaking ability
• Fluent English-speaking ability
• Returning AMIGOS applicants must have completed at least one year of college and applicants new to AMIGOS must have completed a minimum of two years of college.
• Previous work with teens or youth, work experience with cross-cultural immersion in the developing world and abroad, and experience working with teams.
Are Project Staff positions paid?
Yes. The rate is dependent on the role and the level of experience of the applicant. All travel and living expenses are paid for by AMIGOS for all positions. Covered expenses include: airfare, ground travel, food, communications, and lodging. AMIGOS also covers all costs related to training.
Where will I live?
Team members will travel with the group of students and live in accommodations like lodges and hostels.
How good does my Spanish need to be?
Selected applicants must have strong Spanish in order to be able work with our partner agency representatives, communicate with community members and other contacts, and most of all, to ensure the health and safety of our volunteers.