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!



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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On Investment in Communities with Eric Donnelly

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On Investment in Communities with Eric Donnelly Eric Donnelly In 2021, Capital Plus Financial committed $169,500 over a four-year span to…

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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.



Los Santos: Pura Vida in Costa Rica

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¡Hola! My name is Lauren, and I’m writing this sitting next to a colorful bird, plantain chips, and over twenty different species of plants. The…

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Volunteer and Excursion Work in Panama

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By: Cinco S. and Ian W. Hello, hi! Our names are Cinco and Ian, and we are AMIGOS volunteers on the Discover Panama project. We…

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Arrival in La Sierra

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The La Sierra volunteers have officially arrived!! They are already learning about food sustainability, life on a farm, and the different methods of agriculture from…

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Valle y Veraguas: Getting Settled in Panama

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Only a week into the program and we are already settled into life in Panama! Despite any premonitions and expectations we had entering a new…

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From Discover AMIGOS to Santa Elena

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In 2019, Isabell and Lily spent two weeks in Panama with Discover AMIGOS, the middle school program that allows younger students to experience AMIGOS. The…

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A Week in Our Lives – La Costa

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By Izzy S. and Emma M. ¡Hola Amigos! Our days have been packed with many experiences and activities since we arrived here in Ecuador. Here…

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Cartago y Caribe: Let The Project Begin!

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Primero que todo… ¡Conoce al Staff del programa Cartago y Caribe! Nuestra directora Fiona, la coordinadora de Salud y bienestar Liz y nuestros coordinadores de…

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Discover AMIGOS Panama: A Day in the Life

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Hello! We are Gaby and Lucy, Discover AMIGOS volunteers! We are going to tell you about our time in Panama as AMIGOS volunteers so far.…

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About the Area: La Sierra 2022

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The La Sierra team is so excited to start welcoming volunteers soon! We have had so much fun exploring the La Sierra region, and we…

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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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