Amigos de las Americas: A Partnership for Youth Education

Amigos de las Americas: A Partnership for Youth Education


The World Affairs Council of Austin is pleased to have established a collaborative partnership with Amigos de las Américas.  Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS) is an international nonprofit that provides leadership training and cultural immersion to create a world in which young people realize their full potential as leaders and global citizens. AMIGOS’ summer programs give young people an opportunity to gain life experience and leadership training over 4 to 9 weeks of living and working in communities throughout Latin America.  There are programs for high school, gap year, and college students.

Participants design and lead community development projects in areas such as public health, youth engagement, or environmental sustainability. Since 1965 more than 27,000 young people have participated in AMIGOS programs. These student have worked in seventeen countries in the Americas and collaborate with a broad network of community organizations.

AMIGOS empowers its participants to leave their comfort zone and discover what is possible. Living with host families provides participants with an authentic cultural and language immersion that fosters a new level of social and global awareness. AMIGOS offers young people unique life experiences as well as space to explore their independence and do something positive, while being supported by an unsurpassed health and safety system.

AMIGOS accomplishments in 2016 included:

  • A successful 52nd program year: 574 U.S. participants, 86 Latin American participants, and 80 project leadership team members participated in 10 countries throughout the Americas.
  • The AMIGOS Gap Program saw its largest number of participants yet, with plans to expand to Ecuador in 2017!
  • Discover AMIGOS, a two-week program for students completing 8th to 9th grades and educators interested in global leadership programming, will launch in Nicaragua next summer.

Today’s youth must be prepared to tackle tomorrow’s challenges.  AMIGOS has empowered and transformed nearly 27,000 young people through program benefits such as:

  • Full language and cultural immersion to ensure participants live like a local, not a tourist
  • Gain independence and life experience
  • Have a positive impact on communities
  • Make friendships that last a lifetime
  • Be part of the amazing AMIGOS alumni network

There are many ways to see the world, but there is only one way to truly experience it!

Click here to learn more about AMIGOS!