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!



Costa Rica Coordinator Nicol Chinchilla Receives Fellowship

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We are excited to announce that AMIGOS received a grant from the AllPeopleBeHappy Foundation to advance programming opportunities for Latin American students! Through the foundation’s…

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New AMIGOS Programming in the Era of COVID-19

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To the AMIGOS Community: In 1965, AMIGOS launched a movement of people committed to sharing responsibility for our global community. Today, as communities across the…

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AMIGOS Suspends Programs Due to Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic

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AMIGOS Suspends 2020 Summer Programs and the Spring Gap Program Due to COVID-19 Pandemic An Open Letter to the AMIGOS Community from President and CEO…

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Amigos of the Week – March 9, 2020

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Just a few months left until summer is here! Our 2020 Amigos are getting excited for the adventure waiting for them in Latin America. Here…

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[UPDATED] Novel Coronavirus COVID-19: A Message from AMIGOS

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[UPDATED] Novel Coronavirus COVID-19: A Message from AMIGOS We have made difficult decision to suspend AMIGOS 2020 Summer Programs and the Spring Gap Program in response…

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Scott and Cathi Roberts Pledge $250,000 to AMIGOS

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AMIGOS announced that longtime supporters Scott and Cathi Roberts have pledged a gift of $250,000 to the organization. Their contribution, which will be spread across…

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Amigos of the Week – February 24, 2020

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Are you excited for summer yet? Our 2020 Amigos definitely are! Here is our “Amigos of the Week” for February 24, 2020. This blog series…

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Amigos of the Week – February 18, 2020

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Summer is getting closer, and our 2020 Amigos are already starting to pack for their adventures! We are so excited to showcase some of these…

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Silver Linings

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Written by Kaylee C. I don’t think I quite thought through the omnipresence of language in everyday life until I faced the language barrier in…

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Last Week in Community

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This week was the last week of route! I can’t believe how fast the time has gone by. I started off the week in Cedral,…

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End of Summer in Barahona

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After four weeks immersed in the local culture, the Session B volunteers’ adventure-filled experience came to an end with a heartfelt candle lighting ceremony where…

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Report from Parque Nacional Marino Ballena

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Written by volunteer Alice C. This week in campamentos has been amazing. We worked in the national park Marino Ballena. It had some of the…

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Updates from Emma’s Route

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The third week was another incredible week on route! I spent Monday in Pejibaye with Kirston, Frances, and Kathya. When I showed up they were…

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Michael’s Reflection on the Rural Homestay

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This week concludes the volunteers’ last week in their rural communities. Volunteer Michael wanted to take a moment to reflect on his time in Chobshi,…

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Video from Fiesta Ambiental

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Check out this video of Azuero volunteers making promises to protect the environment:

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First Campamento

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This past weekend, the Palmares Project had our first weekend of campamentos. The volunteers, staff, and coordinators from Casa de la Juventud (our partner agency…

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Updates from Hannah’s Route

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Greetings from supervisor Hannah’s route! Volunteers are enjoying their last week in community, and are seeing their community based initiatives come together. Many are working…

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Getting to Know Barahona

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Our staff team is very excited to see how our volunteers’ leadership skills and Spanish are playing out in their communities! Volunteers are in their…

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AMIGOS in the news!



Why Climate Change Caused Me To Rethink My Career Plans: Huffington Post

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Ashley Thorshov was planning to head to Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica with AMIGOS this summer to explore her interest in environmental sustainability and conservation. While…

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AMIGOS Alumna is 2020 PA of the Year

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Nicole Dettman (’90, ’91, ’93) is the American Academy of PAs Physician Assistant of the Year! Nicole credits her interest in health to her summers…

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AMIGOS Launches Community Impact Project

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Mural by AMIGOS alumna Sierra Ratcliff, Annabelle Wombacher, Jared Mar, and Benjamin Cahoon   HOUSTON, TX. — May 7, 2020 — Houston nonprofit Amigos de…

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What Teens Can Do This Summer

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Graduation? Canceled. Prom? Canceled. Summer travel? Canceled. What can teens do this summer? AMIGOS President & CEO Sara Nathan spoke with News12 New Jersey about…

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AMIGOS Alumna Wins Fulbright Scholarship

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AMIGOS Alumna Shannon Perrone will be heading to Brazil next year as a Fulbright Scholar. She volunteered with AMIGOS in Paraguay in 2015 and went…

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Tips to Make the Most of Your Time at Home

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AMIGOS President & CEO Sara Nathan spoke with Military Families Magazine to share some tips for how to stay engaged with your community even if…

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Considering a Gap Year?

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Due to uncertainty around the pandemic’s impact on colleges this year, many students are considering gap years instead. AMIGOS began offering Gap Programs in Latin…

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AMIGOS Alumna Combats Coronavirus Misinformation

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Lindsey Leininger is a public health educator, researcher, and clinical professor at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. Alongside several friends with expertise in public health,…

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Sara Nathan Discusses How to Talk to Your Teen About COVID-19

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AMIGOS President & CEO Sara Nathan joined Houston’s Fox 26 News to discuss how to talk to teens about COVID-19. She shares what it means…

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