Learn about the world by living in it! Since 1965, AMIGOS has provided the safest, most authentic service and immersion experiences in Latin America. Living and working in a new community gives you the chance to improve your Spanish, make an impact, gain confidence, and build leadership skills. You'll get to see the world in a truly unique way!
Join our programs in Ecuador to experience the unique cultures in this South American nation. From the Andes to the Amazon and the coast, Ecuador has an incredible geographic and biological diversity. Choose the program that fits your interests!
- Go beyond travel and become part of a new community
- Make real friendships that last a lifetime
- Support community initiatives through ethical service
- Improve your Spanish through authentic cultural immersion
- Health and Safety - adhere to enhanced health and safety protocols, including COVID-19 testing and a Health and Wellness Coordinator on staff
Support community organizations and meet local farmers and advocates. Explore Ecuador while focusing on the AMIGOS program pillars of ethical service, cultural humility, and leadership.
The deadline to apply for a Gap Program this fall is July 15!
How does the popularity of superfoods impact resources, water management, and food sovereignty in Andean communities? Travel to the highlands of Ecuador to explore food security and justice in rural indigenous farming communities. Meet local leaders, food producers, and youth making an impact on food systems in the region. Two spots on this program are reserved for students from Ecuador!
At least two years of high school Spanish (or equivalent) is required. You might even learn some Kichwa!
What happens after a natural disaster? On the coast of Ecuador, you'll explore how globalization, national policies, and local efforts affect communities long after the disaster itself. With natural disasters increasing in frequency and intensity, we will examine how to support community-led recovery efforts.
Spanish is not required for this program, though you will have the chance to practice if you want!