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!



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AMIGOS believes in the power of community—bringing people from around the world together to make an impact on our collective future. Volunteers open themselves to…

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When Partners Become Lifelong Friends

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Hadley Kyle, a volunteer in Michoacán, México in 2006, shares how her AMIGOS experience led her to a completely unexpected lifelong friendship.   I first…

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Defining Leadership: An Interview with Jorge Poveda

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Jorge Poveda, a former AMIGOS Youth Ambassadors Program Coordinator and Associate Project Director, shares his experience building young leaders as well as how to expand…

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Mi Casa Es Su Casa

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Choose to be a part of something bigger and impact a young person’s life by immersing them in your world. Here are some testimonials from…

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Reflections from the Gap Year Association Annual Conference

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AMIGOS National Outreach Manager Erin Aucar attended the Association for Experiential Education and the Gap Year Association Annual Conference this year. Here are her favorite…

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Why We Need Sea Turtles

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Everyone who has seen Finding Nemo knows how adorable sea turtles are. From their sweet little faces to their adorable flippers, they are definitely a…

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Giving Tuesday 101

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During the holiday season, we have special days for shopping – Black Friday and Cyber Monday. On #GivingTuesday, we have a day for giving back.…

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Becoming the Best Version of Myself

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Millions of high school students are unaware of how we have the power to create change in our communities. I was one of them. We…

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Laughing Your Way to Understanding

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Marion Gibson, a two-time AMIGOS alumna, shares how her second summer abroad taught her the power of laughter to bridge language barriers and what truly…

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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
Youth Ambassadors



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!



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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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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