Amigos de las Americas - Community Impact Project

COVID-19 Program Updates

Due to global health & safety concerns and travel restrictions related to the coronavirus, Amigos de las Americas has decided to offer flexible booking options for some of their upcoming programs. Learn more about COVID-19 updates to stay tuned regarding program information.

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About

Join an eight-week online initiative to connect with other students, design positive service projects, and support your community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Take action in your own community! Connect with globally-minded students around the Americas while you figure out how to address needs in your own community. Design and implement ethical, meaningful service projects shaped through cross-cultural collaboration.

Highlights
  • Groups of 8–12 students from the U.S. and Latin America
  • Take action by plugging into COVID-19 response in your own community
  • Further your language learning through cross-cultural exchange
  • Earn service hours while you design an ethical service project
  • Receive one-on-one mentorship with an experienced member of the AMIGOS network

Impact

You don’t have to travel abroad to be a global citizen! You can make an impact on the world around you from your living room while earning service hours. Design and implement a service project shaped specifically for your community’s needs during the pandemic. Learn what makes service ethical and sustainable, applying these concepts to the project you create.

Hear from students who did the program this summer:

“Being in a virtual community is never like being face to face with someone, but[…]you still feel that warmth and get that feeling of belonging. It has been a kind and respectful sharing space.” –Valentina, Colombia

“What I will learn and what I am learning in this program will serve me for the rest of my life. Gaining the insight and skills to be a contributing member of society, develop projects to help those around me, and to grow in leadership will support me in helping others and making a change wherever I go in life.” –Noura, California

New virtual gap year program

AMIGOS & Tufts University just launched a new virtual gap year experience for fall 2020: the Civic Action Gap Semester! Explore social change across the Americas, make an impact through a civic volunteership, engage with your community, and earn college credit.

Questions & Answers

Reviews

9.8 Rating
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  • Engagement 10
  • Support 10
  • Platform 9.4
  • Value 10
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Frederic
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amigos Community Impact Project

Our daughter did the CIP in the summer of 2020. The program was excellent - a great balance of skill development, connection with peers and mentors, and practical work connecting with local people in our community.
The work was challenging but well supported, and she developed great connections despite the current physical distancing requirements. She got Spanish language development, design thinking and project planning instruction and mentoring, and support for practicing new experiences like calling up business and community leaders and getting them interested and committed to supporting her project.
At the end of the program she was proud of all the work she had done. She is still excited to talk about how her new confidence and skills open up all kinds of opportunities for her in the future.

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Gabriela
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My teen was very engaged and enlightened

We were very lucky to come across this program with almost all other activities being cancelled this summer. This online program taught my teen the skills to become a social activist and how to prepare her own program. Although she has completed the 6 weeks training program, she continues to work on getting her program started with local kids in need. She received excellent feedback from the program managers and her peers. I highly recommend Amigos for your teen that aspires to change the world!

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Eder
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My life changing experience

This program changed my life. It was online but I will never forget. I got to meet new people from all over the world. I learned about their dances, dishes, lifestyle. I got to know about their culture. Moreover, I became more confident, learned how to start a community project and communicate better. I learned that trying is better than doing nothing. You will never know if you can until you start working on it. Learn from your failures, nobody gets it right every time or their first time. I also practiced my Spanish and expanded my vocabulary. I experienced something new. Something that I was afraid to try but I decided to come out of my comfort zone and give it a go. Let me just say, I do not regret my decision. In fact, being part of the first online community impact project was one of the best decisions I made. Thank you!

What would you improve about this program?
Since it was online, I would recommend switching groups midway of the program so that we can get to know everyone better and not just a select few. Other than that, it was great.
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Pablo
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Good engagement

I felt motivated during the whole program, at first I didn't know that my voice and actions could have such a good imoact in my community and as I was hearing from my peers and their projects I became more and more involved in my community because I noticed the impact that the youth can make, the mentors were amazing and good leaders too, I just think that maybe if there was a way to follow the first steps of the projects after the program ends it can be even more helpfull, but overall I would one hundred porcent recommend it.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would definetly take more time to complete all the assignments and discutions, they are all interesting and it is important to complete everything on time and always be cheking what is left to do, that would've helped me a lot to enjoy even more all the program
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Katrina
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Community Impact Project 2020

The CIP program was a true wonder for its great ability to allow students to connect. Not only were students given the opportunity and guidance to connect to their local community through their self-created projects, but they were also allowed to create connections within themselves and with others from various countries and communities. As someone who was able to see this happen throughout the entire group, I can confidently say that all students left with leadership skills, problem solving skills, more cultural understanding, better Spanish, confidence, and more. It was a blessing to see this program come to life as strongly as it did and I can only see it flourishing in the future.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The level of heart, dedication, curiosity, and growth among both students and staff was so surprising to me. As a program that occurred during COVID I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was so pleasantly surprised by it all.