Welcome to the Peninsula Chapter of Amigos de las Américas
You have come to the right place! Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS) is an international, not-for-profit organization with chapters across the United States that provides unparalleled leadership and community service opportunities for young people to contribute to the well-being of hundreds of communities throughout the Americas.
Since its founding in 1965, more than 20,000 high school and college-age students have served as AMIGOS Volunteers. Through their training and service experience they gain life-changing insights about other cultures, effective civic engagement and their personal potential.
AMIGOS provides an extraordinary opportunity for youth to rise to the challenge of managing great responsibility within multicultural settings. Our comprehensive training program teaches valuable skills, to prepare the volunteers to build teams, inspire change and foster sustainable community improvements. Life-long friendships have been built between AMIGOS volunteers and their adopted communities. Thousands of young people have learned invaluable lessons about cultural differences, community service, and their own ability to lead.
Every year our volunteers spend six to eight weeks in a host country working on different public service projects. This coming summer, our volunteers will live and work in Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay and Peru. ( View current/upcoming project list). During the school year, the Peninsula Chapter prepares high school students from Burlingame to Los Altos for their Latin America experiences. Our volunteers receive training in cross-cultural sensitivity, community organizing, technical skills, personal health & safety, and the culture of Latin America. In June, the volunteers travel to their assigned countries. At their project orientation, they join with other volunteers from throughout the United States and Latin America. Volunteers are then placed, with one or two partners, in typically a rural or semi-rural community to live and work for the summer. Please visit the AMIGOS International Office website for additional information about specific projects.
To apply through our chapter or for additional information, please contact us.