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!



On Learning and Service: Cellestine’s AMIGOS Story

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On Learning and Service: Cellestine’s AMIGOS Story Earlier this year, AMIGOS alum Cellestine contacted us because she created a workshop about cultural humility inspired by…

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Introducing the 2022 Bill Arnold Fellow – Dalia Hernández Abril

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The Bill Arnold Leadership Award was created to remember a cherished member of our AMIGOS community. Bill Arnold passed away on August 5, 2020 after…

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5 Latin American YouTubers to Watch to Practice your Spanish!

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Have you ever wondered who some of the most popular travel YouTubers in Latin America are? These fun content creators have been filming and editing…

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Nicaraguan Nostalgia: Looking back on Nueva Segovia ’21

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What is the first thing that comes into your mind when you think about Nicaragua?  Throughout the years, the media has put a spotlight on…

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Amigo of the Month – April 2022

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Meet Eva, our April 2022 Amigo of the Month!   Eva is joining our Discover AMIGOS: Panama Project this summer. From Connecticut, Eva loves macaroni…

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What We Learned in the Last Two Years

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What We Learned in the Last Two Years Two years ago today, on March 16, 2020, AMIGOS announced the full suspension of all volunteer programs…

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Discover AMIGOS: More than a sleepaway summer camp!

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There are lots of summer vacations during our teenage years that we never forget about. The sun is shining, you are reading by the pool,…

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Returning to Homestays in 2022

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Returning to Homestays in 2022 After careful consideration in consult with our local partner agency, Medical Director, host community contacts, and Health, Safety, and Risk…

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Amigo of the Month – March 2022

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Meet March’s Amigo of the Month, Harrington! Harrington is from Washington, DC and is headed to the Ecuador: La Costa Project this summer. As an…

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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 volunteers.



Discover AMIGOS Panama: Nature, Turtle Patrol, and Community

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Nature By Nikki One of the first things you notice when arriving in the tropical climate of Panama is the greenery. Rainforests, palm trees, and…

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Olas y Cerros: Parismina

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It’s been a wild week! We arrived in Parismina on Saturday after a long bus and boat ride. We’ve been having a blast in this…

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Los Santos: Farewell

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Farwell from Los Santos! By Pierce A. and Laura B. We have greatly enjoyed our experiences in Costa Rica over the last week, and we…

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Montanas y Mar: Last Days at CATIE

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Last Days at CATIE Escrito por: Kira S. ¡Hola! Since day four, we´ve been able to explore even more of Costa Rica, from the heights…

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Cartago y Caribe: Homemade Empanadas, Making Bracelets, and Tortuguero

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Homemade Empanadas Yesterday, a community member from Parismina taught us how to make traditional empanadas! She was very excited to have us in her home…

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Discover AMIGOS Panama: On Imposing the “American Dream”

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By Penelope B., Tamar L., Stella G., and Ineva L. Over the past few days, we, the AMIGOS volunteers, have had our introduction to the…

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La Costa: Volunteering at Asociacion de Recicladores

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By Olivia S. ¡Hola from La Costa! As our trip reaches a close, we have been reflecting on our experiences, what we learned, what we…

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La Brunca: Briefing and FUDEBIOL

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Con Briefing activities, los/as voluntarios/as empiezan su aventura en FUDEBIOL, en donde les espera varias oportunidades de trabajo voluntario y buena comida. En el primer…

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Santa Elena: Anna’s Experience

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I saw the sunset twice in my four weeks in Bambil Collao. Of course, the sun rose and set each day, but the area had…

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AMIGOS in the news!



Capital Plus Financial to Underwrite Amigos de las Americas’ Social Impact Accelerator Program

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Capital Plus Financial to Underwrite Amigos de las Americas’ Social Impact Accelerator Program The Mission-Driven Company to Fund Accelerator For Students Looking to Impact Their…

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Gap Year Alum Luke Interviewed on Gap Year Radio

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Luke joined AMIGOS for a gap year in Cuenca, Ecuador in 2019. As a student at Tufts University, he chose to join their 1+4 Bridge…

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AMIGOS Alums Josie and Jesus Featured in the South Seattle Emerald

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AMIGOS alumni Josie Jensen and Jesús Zamora wrote an article entitled Indigenous Voices Across the Americas, published in the South Seattle Emerald on September 27,…

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Houston Independent School District and Amigos de las Americas Launch Classroom Community Impact Project

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HOUSTON, TX, May 24, 2021 – With a combined 154 years of experience serving the Houston community, Amigos de las Americas (AMIGOS) and the Houston…

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Wall Street Journal: “For Teens, a Wild Homeschooling Alternative: A Trip to Costa Rica”

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AMIGOS was featured in the Wall Street Journal on January 30, 2021. The article focuses on opportunities for teens to study, live, and volunteer in…

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Female Disruptors: Sara Nathan of Amigos de las Américas On The Three Things You Need To Shake Up Your Industry (Authority Magazine)

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By Jason Hartman   In this article for Authority Magazine, writer Jason Hartman interviews AMIGOS President & CEO Sara Nathan. She discusses a turning point…

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Social Impact Heroes: Why & How Sara Nathan of Amigos de las Américas Is Helping To Change Our World (Authority Magazine)

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“Each of us is raised in our social bubble and with varying degrees of exposure to societal challenges — issues related to social justice, inequality,…

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Sara Nathan: “Day In and Day Out” (Thrive Global)

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By Ben Ari   AMIGOS President & CEO Sara Nathan was featured in Thrive Global’s piece about her own career path and building tomorrow’s leaders.…

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Should You Consider A Virtual Gap Year? (Forbes)

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The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the lives of many high school seniors, who graduated into a summer of uncertainty. Gap years are garnering interest in…

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