Amigos De Las Americas

Rating: 4.98 stars   44 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Health, International

Location: 5618 Star Ln Houston TX 77057 USA

Mission: Amigos de las Americas is an international, voluntary, nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization that trains high school and college age students for a summer of service in Latin America. After training with a local chapter or through the correspondence program, AMIGOS volunteers live in Latin American communities in small teams and promote basic health and environmental education. Among the services provided are: construction of latrines and wood-burning stoves; dental hygiene; health promotion; and reforestation. Services are provided in partnership with a local host agency and are designed to meet the needs of a particular country or region. Volunteers gain leadership skills, self-confidence, language skills, and awareness of other cultures, while making a positive difference in the lives of impoverished communities. In 1998, AMIGOS had 12 summer projects in Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Brazil, and Paraguay.
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 74-1547146
713-782-5290
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Rating: 5 stars  

Where else can a teen learn leadership, independence, responsibility, expand cultural awareness in a way that will change their life and those around them. My daughter participated in Amigos during the Summer of 2011 in Honduras and her trip was amazing. It was not all rosy, but that is part of the growth. The relationships built are lifelong. This experience definitely will direct her future decisions. The time frame is balanced for the age. It provides a true immersion in the language and culture, not just a week long retreat/mission. They experience some politics and have to cope with varied situations. The support structure is also balanced in that it provides time for the youth to experience different levels of success and failure in a very, very safe environment. The life lessons are priceless.

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Amigos also provides opportunities for parents to engage the local culture discussing the program.

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Express to perspective volunteers and parents, that this is a commitment and the year long training is required. A number of youth in the Chapter dropped out mid-cycle and i don't think they took this as seriously as a sports team. But it is better to drop out than to travel if you are not suited for this program

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What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Cultural Awareness

Why did you make your donation at this time?

My daughter

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My daugher has spent 3 summers with Amigos de Las Americas. Two as a vol in communities and 1 as a route supervisor. The training she initially received in order to go out into a community followed by learning how to work with an unknown group has served her so well in many areas of her life. She has matured beyond any expectation I could have had for a then 16 year old. She has made lifetime friends, learned and come to love a different culture and has expanded her family. Oh and is now fleunt in a second language. Amigos has been an exceptional growning opurtunity for her.

I wish all students would consider this type of volunteer project. It is such a remarkable chance to learn and grow.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Growth of my daughter

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Can't think of what could be changed

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Assist volunteers in raising the funds needed to particiapate in the program

Why did you make your donation at this time?

Same as above

What would you tell others about this organization?

Yes, I always do!!!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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