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AMIGOS DE LAS AMERICAS
September 20, 2011

I volunteered with AMIGOS in Guanajuato, Mexico in 2007 and fell in love with the program even before working in country. Not only is the year-long training for Chapter volunteers excellent and more than adequate to prepare volunteers for a summer of hard work, putting yourself in a myriad of different and sometimes challenging positions, and learning to embrace an entirely new culture, but the AMIGOS training in country also prepares volunteers for exactly what kinds of situations they will be facing in the communities in which they work. It is an eye-opening experience for both the youth volunteers and the members of the communities. I am so grateful to have participated in this program and to have met a whole new family that I can call my own.

In order to give back to this program, I participated as a Project Supervisor in 2011 and feel just as appreciative of this past summer as the one I spent as a volunteer. Though challenging in different aspects, I was delighted to see just how inspiring the program continues to be and how much growth was seen on the part of the youth volunteers, youth from the communities in which we were working, and among staff members as well.

AMIGOS is a program that challenges one physically, mentally and emotionally, but is one that prepares the volunteers for any situation that arises, offers adequate support for the volunteers, and also allows for the youth volunteers to rise above any struggle.

The Great!

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

Volunteer in Guanajuato, Mexico 2007 Project Supervisor in Cocle, Panama 2011

Ways to make it better...

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

Make sure all Chapter Training is more uniform and prepares volunteers adequately before their arrival in country.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Volunteer 2007; Project Supervisor 2011.