It’s been 54 years since our founder Guy Bevil led a team of teens and doctors into rural Honduras to fight a growing polio epidemic. What they learned that first year remains even more true today: when you cross borders into the unknown and allow that place into your heart, you simply can’t stay the same.

We are convinced there is no better long-term antidote to discord and division in the world than the discovery of our collective humanity.

AMIGOS expands students’ understanding of the world. We empower students to make a difference through collaborative service with members of their host communities. And, we help students develop leadership skills so that they can continue affecting positive change in communities at home and abroad.

“AMIGOS is directed by and for young people. This approach allows students to discover who they are and to step up to make change in their communities.”  Felipe de los Santos, Youth Ambassadors and Summer Immersion Alum

 

Since 1965, AMIGOS has

Served 28,000+ high school and college students
Operated in 17 countries in North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean
Partnered with 300+ host agencies, including government ministries, international development agencies, and local organizations

2018 Program outcomes

AMIGOS programs operated in 10 countries of the Americas including the United States in 2018.

700+ student volunteers
30+ local partner agencies
79,000+ service hours completed by volunteers
225+ service projects implemented in the areas of community infrastructure, environment, public health, micro-enterprises, and community building.
25,000+ community members worked alongside volunteers in host communities
$300,000+ in financial assistance awards so students from all socio-economic backgrounds can participate

Reports from our Alumni

98% increased cultural awareness and developed skills to be respectful of differing cultural norms
96% improved Spanish language skills
95% rated their overall AMIGOS experience positively
94% improved self-confidence, communication skills, and problem-solving skills
91% developed skills and qualities attractive to future employers or institutions of higher education
90% increased their ability to be effective leaders and support others
83% are inspired to be more actively involved in their own communities and to work with others to solve problems

Our APPROACH TO building young leaders

AMIGOS develops students into leaders through independent immersion and hands-on service learning experiences. We have three goals for volunteers:

  1. development of personal leadership skills,
  2. improved ability to work across cultures, and
  3. increased commitment to tackling challenges in communities across the Americas. 

Our students positively impact their host communities and return home with a higher sense of purpose and better understanding of community.

 

AMIGOS is committed to access and offers need-based financial assistance to support applicants and families. Every year, approximately 82% of all students receive financial support

  • 26% of students are fully funded
  • 56% of students receive partial financial assistance support

commitment to Latin American youth

AMIGOS is committed to providing and expanding opportunities for Latin American youth to participate in our programs. Local youth in host communities participate in the community projects alongside our volunteers. And, in 2010 we made the commitment to provide opportunities for Latin American youth to participate in AMIGOS full-time just like students from the U.S.
Approximately 30-40 Latin American students participate full-time in the Summer Immersion program each year, either travelling to a different community within their home country or travelling to a foreign country.

In an increasingly global society, leaders from all corners of the globe are needed to engage diverse cultures and communities and transcend boundaries.