Session A is full for summer 2019.
Enjoy the vibrant culture of the Dominican Republic while creating a sports league! Soak up the sun in the Dominican Republic as you work with local youth to put leadership in motion and start a sports league in your community. After building your team, travel together to tournaments and workshops to compete against other teams in the region. Meanwhile, spend your time in community immersing yourself in the lively culture of the Dominican Republic, earning 155 service hours, enjoying arroz con habichuelas (a local dish made with rice and beans), and learning to play dominoes with your new friends.

Example Itinerary

*This is an example itinerary based on last year’s project. Dates, topics, and activities may be subject to change.

Day 1

Volunteers arrive. Project staff meet them at the airport in Santo Domingo.

Days 1–4

Briefing. Project staff lead all volunteers in a country-specific orientation to AMIGOS and the San Juan Project. Meet all other students on your project and spend a few days getting to know each other, learning about the Dominican Republic, and doing fun activities. After briefing, project staff bring volunteers to their host communities to meet their host families.

Week 1

Week 1 in community. Lead day camps for local youth prepare for the first tournament.

Week 2

Week 2 in community. Lead day camps and continue preparing for the first tournament.

Week 3

Week 3 in community. Continue leading day camps and start preparing for the second tournament

Week 4

Week 4 in community. Continue day camps get ready for the second tournament.

Last few days in the Dominican Republic

Leave community and come together for debriefing. This is a chance to process, reflect, and prepare to return home, as well as see some cool spots in and around the country. Fly home!

About the Region

Climate

Hot and humid

Slang

guagua = bus
¿qué lo qué? = what’s up?

Food

la bandera – a typical Dominican meal with rice, beans, and salad
tostones – flattened, fried plantains

Barahona, Dominican Republic

Why Choose AMIGOS?

Learn Spanish

AMIGOS programs provide a unique opportunity to experience a new culture as a local, not a tourist. Volunteers report increased fluency in Spanish after going through our program. Activities go far beyond the classroom — you’ll lead activities in Spanish, learn local slang, and increase your confidence with real-world practice. You will not believe how fast your Spanish improves when you use it in conversation everyday!

Make an Impact

AMIGOS works with trusted local partner organizations to identify communities that are passionate and committed to working with our volunteers on community service projects. It has been our experience that a service project is sustainable only when the community owns it and participates in the effort. You will collaborate on a service project with volunteers your own age as well as community members, earning up to 155 service hours.

Gain a New (Host) Family

You’ll get to do way more than just travel — you’ll live with a host family, sharing in their day-to-day life. Become part of your host community, making friends with and working alongside community members. Share holidays, celebrations, and everyday life in a way you can only experience through authentic cultural immersion. AMIGOS volunteers and their host families build long-lasting relationships and often stay in touch after their project ends. All of our host families are vetted and trained before volunteers arrive.

Have an Adventure

Travel to must-see spots in your host country! You’ll travel as a group to experience unique destinations your host country has to offer, like volcanoes, ancient ruins, national parks, and historical sites. You’ll get to see these places from the distinct perspective of someone who has lived in that country and learned about the culture firsthand. Plus, you’ll bond with their fellow volunteers and have fun!

Travel with Trust

AMIGOS is the industry leader in health and safety management. Our staff is prepared to help you with any situation that may arise. Each volunteer receives a personalized emergency plan, as well as support from local staff teams and a professional 24-hour On-Call Safety Team of travel specialists, doctors, and mental health specialists. AMIGOS also has an established network of vetted medical clinics and hospitals throughout the region.

Training for AMIGOS and Beyond

Prepare for AMIGOS through guided training in topics like: multicultural understanding, health and safety, community development; travel safety, Spanish, leadership, and team building.

Upon arrival in the field, you’ll start country-specific training with your group of fellow volunteers. During your time abroad, you’ll meet regularly with an AMIGOS staff member who serves as your mentor. Finally, at the end of your service, come together again as a group to participate in debriefing — putting what you learned in context, preparing to go home, and going on fun excursions around the country.

Want to volunteer abroad?

Find out more about AMIGOS programs!

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Length Training
Dates
In-Country
Dates
Ages Application
Deadline
Price
Local Chapter 4 weeks

Find a chapter near you for a local training calendar!

Session A: June 5–July 2 (FULL)
Session B: July 9–August 6

15–22 Closed

$4,250 + group fundraising

National Chapter 4 weeks

Group pre-departure training: Session A: June 1–5
Session B: July 5–9

Session A: June 5–July 2 (FULL)
Session B: July 9–August 6

15–22 April 30

$6,350 (includes international airfare)

  • Local Chapter
  • Length
    4 weeks
  • Training Dates

    Find a chapter near you for a local training calendar!

  • In-Country Dates

    Session A: June 5–July 2 (FULL)
    Session B: July 9–August 6

  • Ages
    15–22
  • Application Deadline
    Closed
  • Price

    $4,250 + group fundraising

  • National Chapter
  • Length
    4 weeks
  • Training Dates

    Group pre-departure training: Session A: June 1–5
    Session B: July 5–9

  • In-Country Dates

    Session A: June 5–July 2 (FULL)
    Session B: July 9–August 6

  • Ages
    15–22
  • Application Deadline
    April 30
  • Price

    $6,350 (includes international airfare)

Partner Agency

AMIGOS was my first taste of experiencing just how invigorating living abroad in an immersive way can be, and it has driven me to continue to expand my horizons and travel the world.
—Emily, Summer Program Volunteer

Program Requirements
  • Meet the health criteria for AMIGOS participation and follow the mental health procedures if necessary.
  • Receive required immunizations and medications
  • Be age 15–22 on the project start date
  • Have taken 2 years of Spanish or the equivalent
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