AMIGOS series - 1: ”The Founding of AMIGOS”
Amigos gives young people the unparalleled opportunity to live with and work in rural communities in Latin America, transcending ethnic, racial and social economic cultural barriers to forge lasting inter-American ties and life changing experiences.
For me, Amigos has opened my eyes to many beauties and injustices in the world, and has set me apart from my peers in terms of leadership, experience and global view (which in someways can seem alienating). I understand why Amigos is only talked about in terms of hyperbole and superlatives - my first Amigos experience as a volunteer in the Dominican Republic ‘09 inspired me towards something larger than myself and changed the projection of my life.
A friend recently asked me, after hearing my major study plans, “So, you’re going to change the world?”
My response is that -
Everyone changes the world. When you’re all grown up, whether you like it or not, you too will change the world. The question is, how?
Do not dilute yourself into thinking that some of us do or do not affect the world we live in.
This type of language mitigates responsibility for our actions, following the logic that if I’m not going all the way to “change the world,” I’m somehow not affecting any sort of change upon the world.
Change happens. What part will you play?