Voices of Amigos


La Carta features stories from AMIGOS alumni and updates from our organization. Browse through the posts to see what we're up to and to learn more about AMIGOS!



A Service Journey

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Melanie went to Nicaragua in the summer of 2011. She joined AMIGOS through our partner Rice University as a Loewenstern Fellow. We caught up with…

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54 Years, 28,000 Alumni, and Counting 

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May 18, 2018   Today, AMIGOS operates in 9 countries throughout the Americas. More than 650 teens and young adults will participate in our programs…

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The Wrong Reasons

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Maren is a two-time AMIGOS alum and will serve as a Project Supervisor this summer in the Dominican Republic. Here, she reflects on how she…

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Alumni Spotlight: Steve Schafer, Author

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We caught up with AMIGOS alum Steve Schafer (Paraguay 1990) to ask him some questions! Steve is the author of The Border, a story about…

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Scenes from Ecuador

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Last month, AMIGOS staff visited Ecuador to check in with the Gap Program in Cuenca, visit with partner agencies, talk to host families, and chat…

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What you need to know before you go abroad

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Are you or your child considering a summer or gap program in another country? Here are some questions to ask providers (and our answers!) to…

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Before AMIGOS, After AMIGOS

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My life is divided into two phases: before AMIGOS and after AMIGOS. When I signed up for the program, I had no idea how dramatically…

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Behind the Scenes: World Marathon Challenge

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AMIGOS alumni are not ones to shy away from a challenge. Getting out of your comfort zone and traveling to a new country are two…

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Touching the Sky

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TOUCHING THE SKY By Alyssa Kurke, American University   Alyssa is one of nine students from American University’s Community-Based Research Scholars program who traveled to…

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Field Notes are updates from our programs across the Americas. Explore by project to get a taste of what AMIGOS is like and to see updates from current participants.

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Colombia: Barranquilla
Costa Rica: Palmares
Costa Rica: Pérez Zeledón
Dominican Republic: San Juan
Ecuador: Chimborazo
Ecuador: Cuenca (Gap Program)
Mexico: Yucatán
Nicaragua: León (Gap Program)
Panama: Azuero
Panama: Coclé
Panama: Discover AMIGOS
Youth Ambassadors



San Juan, Dominican Republic: Meet Your Project Director, Lucia!

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San Juan, Dominican Republic Meet Your 2018 Project Director: Lucia Lucia Solorzano will be your Project Director this summer in San Juan, Dominican Republic! Here’s…

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Discover AMIGOS A & B – Meet Your Project Director

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Jéssica María Viales López is the Project Director for Discover AMIGOS A and B this summer in Panama. She is ready for the summer to…

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Meet Your Barranquilla, Colombia Project Director!

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Spending the summer in Barranquilla? Meet Steffany! ¡Hola AMIGOS! My name is Steffany Vizcaino, but you can call me Steff. I am more than honored and…

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Yucatán, México: Meet Matteo, Your Project Director

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Yucatán, México: Meet Your Project Director! Me in the centro of Merida Hola a todos! My name is Matteo Travers and…

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Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica: Meet Your Project Director

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Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica: Meet your PD, BELLA! Saludos! My name is Bella Tanaka (pronouns: she/her/hers) and I am the Project Director of the Pérez…

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Heading to Coclé, Panama? Meet your Project Director!

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Heading to Coclé, Panama? Meet your Project Director! Hola a tod@s! My name is Natalia Dellavalle, and I will be your Project Director in Coclé,…

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Palmares, Costa Rica: Meet Your Project Director!

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Palmares, Costa Rica: Meet Your Project Director! Hi everyone! My name is Derek Schadel and I’m from Findlay, Ohio. I’m passionate about culture, social and economic inclusion, education, and Colombian tinto (coffee)! I hold…

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Survey in the Andes

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Survey in the Andes   Adam is currently living in Cuenca, Ecuador, where he works for AMIGOS as the Gap Program Coordinator. Before moving to…

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Guaira, Paraguay Field Notes Archive

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Guaira, Paraguay Field Notes Archive Click here to read stories from the field from our Guaira, Paraguay project.  

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AMIGOS in the news!



AMIGOS in the News – Costa Rica Adventure

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By Rachel Amran, Memorial High School Featured in The Buzz Magazines Michaela Urban and her host family in the center of…

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Runner Dorn Wenninger takes on challenge of 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days

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Dorn Wenninger became a member of the Intercontinental Marathon Club in February when he finished his seventh marathon on 7 continents in 7 days. When…

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Students Travel for Spanish Immersion

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Students from Central Kitsap High School travel to another country to further their Spanish skills and immerse their self in another culture. By Collin Smith…

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A Parent’s Perspective

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How the Tufts 1 + 4 Bridge Year Changed My Child By Margaret Moore Margaret provides a parent’s perspective on her daughter’s experience in Nicaragua…

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The AMIGOS Experience

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By Kendall Roberts Students from Miramonte High School spent their summers with AMIGOS in Latin America. Even a teacher at the school went to Michoacan,…

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Amigos de las Americas celebrates 50th

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Since 1965, AMIGOS has run safe, immersive volunteer programs in Latin America. On our 50th anniversary, we reflect on our history and our evolution as…

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Tufts 1+4 Bridge-Year Service Learning Program Selects AMIGOS

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By Kalimah Redd Knight Students accepted into Tufts University’s 1+4 Bridge-Year Program may now choose to do a gap year in Latin America with AMIGOS.…

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