Would you recommend Amigos de las Americas?
From what I know and hear AMIGOS is a great organization to work with and be a part of. You get to be a part of something greater than yourself. Truly believe it worth time investing in .
AMIGOS is unique. It is the only international exchange program in existence that trusts volunteers to be independent and leaders, challenges them to achieve what they think they cannot, and provides a truly immersive experience. I was a volunteer in Nicaragua where I lived in a community of 300 people, and in Honduras the next year. I am still in touch with my host families 10 years later. AMIGOS provides opportunities to be creative, to take on increasing responsibility and leadership from the start, and the most rewarding summers imaginable.
Amigos is a phenomenal organization in the sense that it gives young people the opportunity to experience another culture independently as a young adult. Amigos volunteers are held to high standards, and as an organization Amigos has proven time and time again for the last 50 years that teens can rise to the occasion and implement some of the most impactful community based development projects that I have ever seen. I have worked with many volunteer "service" and leadership programs over the course of my high school career, and one thing that seems to plague many travel volunteer experiences for youth nowadays is a sense of "voluntourism" that puts the experience and development of the volunteer far ahead of the volunteers work with a community or project of any kind. Amigos not only avoids the exercise of this paradigm, but fosters the polar opposite by giving volunteers a truly immersive experience and fostering the importance of genuine connection with culture and community.
Amigos is an amazing organization. I was a volunteer in Veraguas, Panama in 2006 for eight weeks. My time spent there remains to this day the most adventurous, challenging, and rewarding experience of my life! I would recommend Amigos to anyone who is looking to improve spanish skills, live in a new culture, give back to the world that has given you so much, and challenge yourself to a summer outside of your normal comfort zone. Since my first summer I have since volunteered with training new volunteers and this past summer I worked at Amigos! My continued involvement shows how much I love the organization and want to help it to grow and reach new people. Our Houston Chapter tshirts sum up the Amigos experience: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead! Don't wait- call Amigos today and get started on the experience of a lifetime.
This program is amazing! I went to the Dominican Republic for two months with AMIGOS this past summer and had an absolutely fantastic time. I got to learn about a new culture, strengthen my Spanish skills, work with my host community on projects, teach classes for younger children, and truly become part of my community. There is no other program like this one, don't miss out!