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!



Amigos of the Week – Sofia and Tori

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Summer is almost here, and AMIGOS is excited for all of our 2019 volunteers! In order to showcase these incredible young leaders, we will be…

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Classroom Resources for Educators

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AMIGOS believes in learning by doing. Before we send our volunteers to Latin America, they take part in a comprehensive, hands-on leadership training program. This…

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Amiga of the Month – Meet Ana

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Summer is almost here, and Amigo of the Month is a brand new way to showcase the incredible volunteers who will be adventuring to Latin…

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The Perfect Gap Year or Semester Candidate

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Who should take a gap year or semester? You! Yes, that’s right, YOU! Not convinced that taking a gap year is for you? Let’s talk…

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A Family of AMIGOS: A Love Story

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Allison and Blake are AMIGOS alums who met in Latin America, where they both volunteered as Route Leaders in Paraguay in 1991. Eventually, they got…

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What do llamas receive when they graduate?: A collection of llama-tastic jokes

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AMIGOS alumni get the chance to meet llamas, alpacas, and vicunas while they volunteer in Latin America. Memories of these new friends always make our…

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Community is Where the Heart Is: An Interview with Lauren Kobashigawa

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Lauren is an AMIGOS alumna who spent last summer with AMIGOS in the Dominican Republic. After returning home to the United States, she was inspired…

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Dia de Amistad

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Everyday is a great day to celebrate your friends, but did you know there’s an official day to celebrate your favorite people? Día de Amistad,…

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Benefits of Community Service

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When you’re trying to get ready for college, you’ll often hear people talking about “community service.” Either you have a required number of hours or…

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Sunday in Calabacito

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It is midday on a Sunday in the Calabacito community of Azuero and I am realizing that skipping breakfast may not have a been the…

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The Power of Youth to Create Change

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Yo soy de Costa Rica, y la zona de Pérez Zeledón es bien conocida por su café y por supuesto no puede faltar nuestro orgullo…

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Meet Your Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica Project Director: Rebeca Araya

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Rebeca nació y creció en un pequeño pueblo, Zarcero en Costa Rica, su pasión por cambiar el mundo la llevo a involucrarse en proyectos de…

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Greetings from Buenos Aires

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Greetings from Buenos Aires! I am very excited that AMIGOS is working in this unique area for the first time. I want to give you…

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Coclé, Panama: Meet Your Project Director, Pablo

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Hello everyone, this is Pablo Dávila and I am from Quito, Ecuador. I consider myself a community developer, someone who is passionate about working with…

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Cuenca, Ecuador: Meet Your Project Director, Megan

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Hola Tod@s! I’m Megan, your Project Director for this upcoming summer! I’m extremely excited to meet all our participants and spend 8 weeks exploring Southern…

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Palmares, Costa Rica: Meet Your Project Director, Mira

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¡Hola a tod@s! My name is Mira (she/her/hers pronouns), and I am so thrilled to be the Project Director for the Palmares, Costa Rica project…

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Meet Your Chimborazo, Ecuador Project Director, Eleanor!

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Hi everyone! My name is Eleanor Dollear and I’m the Chimborazo Project Director this summer. I’m really looking forward to meeting you all in a…

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Wandering Off the Beaten Track: Meet Your Azuero, Panama Project Director, Astrea Somarriba

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I was nine years old the first time I left the United States. My parents planned a vacation to Oaxaca, Mexico, to explore Mayan ruins…

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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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