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!



In Conversation with Lauren Dunford, ’03, ’05 AMIGOS Alumna

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In Conversation with Lauren Dunford, ’03, ’05 AMIGOS Alumna We’re thrilled to feature an enlightening conversation with AMIGOS alumna, Lauren Dunford, the visionary CEO and…

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Introducing our 2024 Bill Arnold Fellow – Nora Schulman

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2024’S Bill Arnold Fellow The Bill Arnold Leadership Award was created to remember a cherished member of our AMIGOS community. Bill Arnold passed away on…

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In Conversation with Deidre Pujols, ’94 Alumna

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In Conversation with Deidre Pujols, ’94 Alumna  Deidre Pujols began her journey of service in 1994 when she participated in AMIGOS in Michoacán, México—an experience…

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Lifelong Service in Guatemala – AMIGOS Alumni and Medical Missions

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Lifelong Service in Guatemala AMIGOS Alumni and Medical Missions   Like many other AMIGOS volunteers, Dr. Phil Johnson (’68 – ’76) began his journey in…

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Introducing our 2023 Bill Arnold Fellow – Wesley Nesbitt

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Wesley Nesbitt: 2023 Bill Arnold Fellow The Bill Arnold Leadership Award was created to remember a cherished member of our AMIGOS community. Bill Arnold passed…

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Facts About the Andes Mountains

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FACTS ABOUT THE ANDES MOUNTAINS   The Andes Mountains are a vast and beautiful mountain range that runs along the entire western coast of South…

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Community Service Hours for High School

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How Many Community Service Hours do High School Students Need? The number of community service hours required for high school can vary depending on the…

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Taking a Gap Year After High School

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Taking a Gap Year After High School As high school seniors approach graduation, many face a tough decision about what to do next. While some…

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Chimborazo, Ecuador

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Chimborazo, Ecuador  Chimborazo, Ecuador is a province located in the Andean region of Ecuador. The province is named after the Chimborazo volcano, which is the…

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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.



Bridge Year Costa Rica: Saying Goodbye

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Saying Goodbye I hate saying goodbye. I’ve never been very good at it, and it’s no easier here. Our despedida was wonderful, but I felt…

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Bridge Year Costa Rica: My Final Reflections

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My Final Reflections Service Project My interactive Fungi discovery service project took full flight and was highly successful. Having nearly the highest number of participants…

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Bridge Year Costa Rica: La parte más difícil…

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La parte más difícil Counting down is the worst part. 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. One month left. I always knew…

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Bridge Year Costa Rica: Wrapping Up The Final Weeks

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Wrapping Up The Final Weeks As I wrap up the final weeks of my Bridge Year experience, the realization is starting to sink in that…

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Bridge Year Costa Rica: La Feria del Agua

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La Feria del Agua Photos: Fudebiol World Water Day, celebrated globally on March 22nd, serves as a poignant reminder of the critical importance of fresh…

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Bridge Year Costa Rica: Un Día en la Playa

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Un Día en la Playa Now that the wet season has been over for a while, I would say that I have been going to…

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Bridge Year Costa Rica: Reflexión Sobre la Amistad

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Reflexión Sobre la Amistad In the months leading up to this bridge year, one of my biggest fears was that I wouldn’t be able to…

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Bridge Year Costa Rica: El Baile de los Diablitos

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El Baile de los Diablitos Recently, I was blessed with the opportunity to enjoy a very unique cultural experience in Costa Rica. This past Saturday,…

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Bridge Year Costa Rica: Community-Centered Change

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Community-Centered Change On this latest excursion, we stayed with ASOMOBI at their lodge in Biolley. This excursion was very informative. We primarily learned how much…

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AMIGOS in the news!



2023 NYC Marathon and Team AMIGOS

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  2023 NYC Marathon and Team AMIGOS AMIGOS participated in the TCS NYC Marathon for the first time in 2023 as a charity partner. The…

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AMIGOS Selected for the Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year Program

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AMIGOS is thrilled to partner with Princeton’s Novogratz Bridge Year Program to facilitate an academic year-long program hosted in San Isidro, Costa Rica. The Novogratz…

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Tajín awards a prize of $5,000 to AMIGOS

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  Tajín awards a prize of $5,000 to the winner of its Fan Pack Design Contest and donates $5,000 to AMIGOS de las americas  …

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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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AMIGOS in the Wall Street Journal

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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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