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 more than 25 chapters across the United States that provides unparalleled leadership and community service opportunities for young people while concurrently contributing 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 gives young people an extraordinary opportunity to rise to the challenge of independently managing great responsibility within multicultural settings. Extensive training programs teach youth valuable skills, such as how to build effective teams to foster sustainable community improvements.Every year our volunteers spend six to eight weeks in a host country working on different public service projects. In the summer of 2012, we anticipate that our volunteers will live and work in the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay. Equador, Peru, Columbia and Costa Rica (View tentative 2012 project list). Throughout the school year, the Peninsula Chapter prepares its members
for their Latin America experiences through training in cross-cultural sensitivity, networking, technical skills, personal health & safety, and the culture of Latin America. In June, our chapter volunteers travel to their assigned countries. Once in country, they join with volunteers from other chapters throughout the United States. Volunteers are then placed, in partnerships of two to four, in rural or semi-rural communities to live for the summer. Please visit the AMIGOS International Office website for additional information about specific projects.
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.
To apply through our chapter or for additional information, please contact us.