Established in 1965, AMIGOS is an industry leader providing international leadership experiences for youth. We provide high school and college-age volunteers with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the language and daily lives of a host community, bringing that community together to to determine, plan, and carry out a community-specific service project. AMIGOS offers summer programs for high school and college students as well as Gap programs for high school graduates.
Matagalpa is in the cool, mountainous, coffee growing region of Nicaragua. Participants are assigned to support the work of three partner agencies: the Centro de Servicios Educativos en Salud y Medio Ambiente, UCA San Ramon, and the Asociación de Desarrollo Integral. Depending on the agency assignment, participants will engage in projects focused on sustainable and socially just business practices or community health initiatives. Participants also also take part in campaigns for gender equality and human rights.
The Madriz project will complement Plan Nicaragua's activities centered on fostering local youth participation in educational and service activities and participating in campaigns to increase awareness about children's rights. In this beautiful and remote region, participants collaborate with community members on creative expression and arts initiatives. Plan Nicaragua will also support participants' work on a variety of community specific development projects.
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