AMIGOS gives you an exciting chance to have an adventure and explore the world outside of a classroom. You will live in a new country and work on sustainable community service projects while living with a host family. These experiences prepare you for your future, improve your Spanish, and build your confidence. You develop leadership skills that will set you apart in college and throughout your career. With AMIGOS, you will learn about the world by living in it. Click here to explore our Programs.
How to apply:

AMIGOS has suspended our in-person programs for Summer 2020. However, we have developed an exciting new virtual program: The Community Impact Project! Through this 6-week initiative, you will connect across cultures, design positive service projects, and support your community during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on the Community Impact Project and how to register, visit our website.


As an AMIGOS volunteer in the Boston area, you and your family will be supported by a dedicated group of alumni from your local community. This alumni group will provide support in the months leading up to your AMIGOS adventure, answer any questions about what you can expect, and coordinate opportunities to meet with other AMIGOS volunteers from the area. We hope to hear from you soon!



Belmont • Boston Latin • Boston University Academy • Brookline • Cambridge Ringe and Latin • Concord Academy • Lexington • Mystic Valley Regional Charter • Natick • Needham • Newton North • Newton South • Phillips Academy Andover • Pioneer Valley Performing Arts • Prospect Hill Academy •The Cambridge School of Weston • Wellesley • Weston



The cost to participate in AMIGOS programs in the Boston area is $5,750. Volunteers from the Boston area cover program costs through a combination of program fee payments and optional fundraising activities.

Fundraising is a key part of making an AMIGOS experience possible and an opportunity to begin building key skills you will need for success during your time abroad. We offer guided support to help you succeed.

Please email to be sent a fundraising guide.


Program Deposit: $475 (included in Program Fee)

Program Fee: $5,750 (payment plans available)

*option to fundraise


  • All in-country costs, including food, lodging, and transportation
  • Training materials and workshops
  • Secondary short-term international medical insurance
  • Program excursions
  • Supplies for community project and extracurricular activities
  • 24-hour On Call Emergency Management System
  • Travel hotline and support

Click here for more information about our Fees & Funding.


AMIGOS actively recruits and supports inclusion of volunteers from diverse backgrounds. AMIGOS provides need-based financial assistance with distribution determined by family income, number of dependents and special financial circumstances. We provide financial aid packages of $250–$2,000 to qualified applicants as deductions on the program fee. Financial assistance decisions are made on a rolling basis. After applying, applicants will be notified of the status of their financial aid application within 2 weeks. Please contact with any questions.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE decisions made on a rolling basis


The transformative AMIGOS experience starts before leaving home.

With 50 years of experience preparing young people for travel and service abroad, AMIGOS training offers unparalleled global youth leadership development. Pre-departure training equips volunteers with the critical thinking, communication skills, and technical knowledge they need to make a meaningful impact across cultures while staying healthy and safe.


  • Unparalleled leadership development
  • Cross-cultural awareness and understanding
  • Hands-on training for technical aspects of the program
  • Extensive health and safety training
  • Opportunities to practice Spanish
  • Creating a community of young people with shared values

Volunteers from the Boston area will attend a 4-day gateway training directly prior to the start of the program. Please reach out if you have any questions!


Steve Kirk
Emma Israel
Lori Manz
Immediate Past President
Elissa Spinner
Letter Writing Coordinator
Lawrence Copley
Shari Huval
Andrew Manz-Siek
Training Director and Board Training Liaison
Flora Pirquet, MD
Medical Director
Rebecca Joseph
Paperwork Coordinator
Sophia Geffen
Alumni Coordinator
Recruitment Team
Emma Israel
Marketing/Social Media Coordinator
Hans Britsch
Recruitment Support
Open Position
Training Director