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Review for Amigos De Las Americas, Houston, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I got involved with Amigos through my daughters who have volunteered in Nicaragua, Panama, Mexico, and Ecuador. I joined the Boston chapter board and have served in various jobs (recruitment, board president, fundraising) and have gone on training trips to Nicaragua and Paraguay. Over and over I have seen the tremendous impact that Amigos has on young lives - independence, leadership, communication, interpersonal skills, confidence, Spanish language ability. I recall one boy who was so shy when he started training that he rarely spoke out. He came back from his Amigos summer ready to be trainer for the next group. My own girls gained tremendous confidence and an abiding passion for Latin America. I can't say enough about my enthusiasm for this outstanding organization.

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

I have personally seen the results of this organization in the lives of over 240 Boston chapter volunteers I have worked with since 2002, including my two daughters. They worked with people in their host communities to accomplish meaningful goals. They learned what it means to take responsibility and be independent. Amigos really believes in the ability of teens to be leaders.

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

I would love to find a way to make Amigos available to even more teens in the United States and in Latin America.

Role:  Board Member & I mentored students who lacked family support so that they could participate in this program. It was incredibly rewarding to see how much they benefited from being Amigos volunteers.