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 8 weeks of living and working in communities throughout Latin America.


Participants design and lead community development projects in areas such as public health, youth engagement, or environmental sustainability.  There are programs for high school, gap year, and college students.

AMIGOS program options include:

  • Discover Amigos (2 weeks, Ages 13-15)
  • Summer Immersion (4-8 weeks, Ages 15-22)
  • Gap Semester/Year (4 or 9 months, Ages 17-22)

Since 1965 more than 27,000 young people have participated in AMIGOS programs. These students 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.

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 Austin AMIGOS!

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