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 Letter from the Yucatan

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I’m back in the States now, and I can officially say that I have experienced Yucatan, Mexico. I got the amazing experience to live in…

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Free Time

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There is a bridge that I cross 4 times a day to go to work that always makes me smile when I walk over it.…

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5 Reasons Why You Should Volunteer Abroad

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There are a million ways you could spend your summer break: sleeping all day, getting a part time job, making a YouTube channel, eating as…

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How I Lost Myself on My Gap Year

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Although I don’t like to admit it, I’m the kind of person who likes to have things figured out. Ever since I was in middle…

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Volunteering Moves the World

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This blog post was written by Jonathan Zúñiga Granados, the president of Casa de la Juventud, one of our partner organizations in Costa Rica. He…

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Getting out of a Bubble in Ecuador

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We caught up with Max, a student at Tufts University who joined our Gap Program in Cuenca, Ecuador for the 2017-18 school year. Here, he…

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Just Audrey

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Like an idiot, I came to Ecuador carrying expectations. Last August I looked ahead and saw “cool traveler adventurer Audrey,” the girl that could solve…

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Grand Dream of Adventure

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I have had more adventures in the last few weeks in Ecuador than in the last few years of my life. I have been to…

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AMIGOS Training: Step 1

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AMIGOS training takes place at the beginning of all our programs and is a crucial component of every project. Throughout the year, we develop and…

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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
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Reflections from Session C

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As our time in country comes to a close, below are a collection of thoughts from each of our participants throughout their 8 nights in…

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Malcolm on His Host Community

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Thoughts from Malcolm on his host community: The first walk I took through my community was both eye opening and beautiful. We walked up a…

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Reflections

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Aly: Story 1 In our endeavor to make a cultural presentation video of our community, my partner and I visited houses to conduct short interviews.…

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International Youth Day

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The United Nations International Youth Day was Sunday. This year’s theme was “Safe Spaces for Youth.” Creating safe spaces for young people to play, learn,…

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The Adventure Begins

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Discover C participants have made it to their community stays after a busy few days of training, orientation, and getting to know each other. The…

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Pajonal

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The word Pajonal refers to the type of leaf people used to come to this area to find to use when building their houses. Here…

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Waiting on the Sun to go Down

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Despedida from Community, Debriefing, Panama City and Departure Back Home     Our project is coming to an end and we do not want to…

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Session C Arrival

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Discover AMIGOS Session C Volunteers arrived safely in Panama, accompanied by AMIGOS staff. They will now begin country-specific orientation. Here’s a photo of the group…

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Three Cheers for All the Participants!

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Last week was busy with planning and practicing and on Saturday the 4th all their hard work paid off. The presentations were amazing. Some of…

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AMIGOS in the news!



Shawnee Mission East Receives the Amigos de las Américas Global Citizenship Award

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By: Shawnee Mission School District   Shawnee Mission East received the Amigos de las Américas Global Citizenship Award. This award is given to schools that have…

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St. John’s senior learned to use talents to join community in helping others

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Maya Lewis is a high school senior who is heading to Brown University in the fall. She participated with AMIGOS in Panama before her junior…

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Senior embarks on immersion trip

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We’re excited to welcome Matt Marschall on our Gap Program in Ecuador this fall! He was featured in his school newspaper. Read the article, in…

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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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