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!



An Interview with Brittany Santos, 2021 Alum

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We got a chance to sit down and talk with 2021 AMIGOS alum Brittany Santos. She joined our La Costa Project in Ecuador this summer…

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Reasons We Love the Ecuadorian Coast

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When people think of Ecuador, most people probably conjure images of the magnificent Andes mountains, fluffy alpacas grazing on green slopes, the equator, and maybe…

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October 2021 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Update

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October 2021 AMIGOS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Update Community update regarding progress toward our goals to further diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at AMIGOS   …

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Our 57th Summer

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A Letter from Sara Nathan, AMIGOS President & CEO, on our 57th Summer     August 26, 2021 Our 57th summer has now come to…

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Adelante Festival Auction

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A new tradition to support AMIGOS programs and Financial Assistance Fund   The first virtual Adelante Festival in 2020 brought together the AMIGOS community and…

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Meet Angely, the 2021 Bill Arnold Fellow

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May 27, 2021 The Bill Arnold Leadership Award was created to remember a cherished member of our AMIGOS community. Bill Arnold passed away on August 5,…

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Día de los Muertos

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You’ve probably seen the colorful skulls and flowers that surface around Halloween every year, but did you know there’s much more to them than candy?…

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AMIGOS Programming and the Global COVID-19 Vaccination Effort 

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The global COVID-19 vaccination effort has begun. AMIGOS has been involved in vaccination campaigns and public health initiatives in Latin America since our founding in…

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Update on AMIGOS’ Organizational Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Update on AMIGOS’ Organizational Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion   Last year, we deepened our organization’s commitment to creating a more diverse, equitable, and…

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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.



Colorado Updates: Sustainable Farming

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By Brian & Adhav On the morning of our 8th day in Colorado, our group woke up tired but filled with a muted enthusiasm as…

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Monteverde Updates from Jayna and Aydin

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Hola, me llamo Jayna. Soy de Chicago, Illinois y tengo 17 años. Estoy en el programa de Monteverde y Costa Atlántica. Este es todo el…

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La Costa: Humpback Whales

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This week has truly been bittersweet. Session B has started our final week together and it sure is one for the books. On Monday we…

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La Costa – Session B Week 2

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Our second week at Rio Muchacho has been a blast! Our first day we took a trip to Rancho Mila where we were given a…

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Montanas y Mar: Turtle Conservation

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After a week of very up and down weather, we have changed course and are now in Matapalo, Puntarenas. As soon as we arrived on…

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Monteverde Updates from Dean and Tres

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Field Notes from Dean: This trip, one of my favorite things I did was ziplining, as well as exploring the hanging bridges at Selvatura Adventure…

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Los Santos: Wrapping Up

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¡Qué gran travesía hemos vivido estas últimas semanas! Ha sido una gran experiencia, cargada de tantos momentos vividos en tan poco tiempo. Comprendemos que AMIGOS…

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Los Santos – Bean Voyage

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We have had such an amazing time this week! Experiencing so many once-in-a-lifetime opportunities was incredible and we will never forget it! This past week,…

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Nueva Segovia – July 20–26

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20 de julio Comenzamos nuestro día con un desayuno de panqueques y fruta, continuado por un paseo de autobús rápido a grupo fénix. Después de…

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AMIGOS in the news!



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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AMIGOS and Tufts University Launch Virtual Gap Semester

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  HOUSTON, TX., July 2, 2020 — Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS) and Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life are proud to announce a…

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