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!



The Life of a Gap Volunteer: Month by Month

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Cuenca, Ecuador Gap Volunteer David H. shares his experience in Ecuador each month from September through November, 2019. September Since I have been in Cuenca,…

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Second Summer in Panama: Discover AMIGOS vs. Summer Immersion

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By AMIGOS Alum Jordan Chase. He has participated in both our Discover and Summer Immersion programs. In 2018 he joined the Discover AMIGOS Panama Project…

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AMIGOS Summit Recap

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2019 AMIGOS Summit Recap The AMIGOS Summit in Houston, TX on October 18 & 19, 2019 truly showcased the head, the soul, and the heart…

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Parent’s Guide to a Gap Year

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By Sophie Zeigler, parent of current AMIGOS Gap Uruguay volunteer Reed. Sophie will be visiting Reed next month in Uruguay to see the beautiful city…

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2019 Contest Winners

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Every year, our amazing alumni send us photos, videos, and blog posts from their past summer with AMIGOS. Our HQ Staff choose their favorites in…

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AMIGOS When You Need It the Most

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By Mia Cooper, 2016 Azuero, Panama AMIGOS alumna and 2019 Discover AMIGOS Assistant Project Director   One thing I can promise you is that your…

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Finding Kindness in Uncertainty

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By Sydney Rubin Change is overwhelming; joining another family’s pre-existing routines is awkward. There’s lots of uncertainty: Where should I do my homework, how often…

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Experiencing Carnaval in Uruguay with my Host Mom

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By Colin Yeo Coming from a background of studying theater design and production, I was very lucky to be assigned Aracely as my host mom.…

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Exploring Montevideo Through My Camera Lens

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By Samuel Knight

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Last Week in Community

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This week was the last week of route! I can’t believe how fast the time has gone by. I started off the week in Cedral,…

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End of Summer in Barahona

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After four weeks immersed in the local culture, the Session B volunteers’ adventure-filled experience came to an end with a heartfelt candle lighting ceremony where…

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Report from Parque Nacional Marino Ballena

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Written by volunteer Alice C. This week in campamentos has been amazing. We worked in the national park Marino Ballena. It had some of the…

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Updates from Emma’s Route

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The third week was another incredible week on route! I spent Monday in Pejibaye with Kirston, Frances, and Kathya. When I showed up they were…

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Michael’s Reflection on the Rural Homestay

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This week concludes the volunteers’ last week in their rural communities. Volunteer Michael wanted to take a moment to reflect on his time in Chobshi,…

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Video from Fiesta Ambiental

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Check out this video of Azuero volunteers making promises to protect the environment:

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First Campamento

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This past weekend, the Palmares Project had our first weekend of campamentos. The volunteers, staff, and coordinators from Casa de la Juventud (our partner agency…

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Updates from Hannah’s Route

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Greetings from supervisor Hannah’s route! Volunteers are enjoying their last week in community, and are seeing their community based initiatives come together. Many are working…

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Getting to Know Barahona

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Our staff team is very excited to see how our volunteers’ leadership skills and Spanish are playing out in their communities! Volunteers are in their…

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AMIGOS in the news!



AMIGOS Featured in 2019 Houston Charity Guide

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Culture Map Houston compiled a guide to nonprofit organizations in Houston they recommend supporting in 2019. Amigos de las Américas made the list! We’re honored…

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Louisville students represented the US in Youth Ambassadors Program

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AMIGOS was featured in the Louisville Courier-Journal in an article by Elaine Rooker Jack. Several local students were selected to take part in the Youth…

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Amigos de las Américas Expands Presence to Los Angeles with New Director

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Amigos de las Américas expands presence to Los Angeles with New Director LOS ANGELES, CA (October 3, 2018) AMIGOS has always ventured…

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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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