What Is the Amity Program?

Are you aware that our PTA has been sponsoring native Spanish-speaking interns to come and assist our teachers and kids each year? Puesta Del Sol has been working with an organization called The Amity Institute for over 10 years. The Amity Institute is based out of San Diego, CA and is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building international friendships and cultural understanding through teaching exchange. Each year our interns become a very important part of our school community. For 14-20 weeks, families from our school community open their home to host one of the interns. The interns are between the ages of 20-30 and have a passion for working with children. While being hosted, the interns have a great opportunity to learn about the US, its culture, and the diversity of people that make up our society.  At the same time, your family has an opportunity to learn about the intern's country and culture, and your kids have a great opportunity to practice their Spanish. If you would like to learn more about the Amity Institute and its mission, please check out their website at www.amity.org.

Searching for Amity Host Families for next school year, 2022-2023

Puesta del Sol is looking for host families for our 2022-2023 Amity interns. Host families play a vital role in the success of the program. By welcoming an intern from another country into their home, volunteer host families gain friendship, understanding, knowledge and a connection to the world. Host families will experience new tastes and customs and have the chance to practice their intern's language. Your children will learn about different parts of the world from the intern and may receive extra help with their own language studies.

At Puesta del Sol, our host families typically host for 13 weeks but offer longer durations. You may select to host for Fall, Winter or Spring or half-year, and we will extend full-year if necessary. The Amity Committee needs 20 host family applications for 6 interns to ensure improved matching and experience for our interns and families. You may make a preference for male or female and/or time of year. We are in need of families interested in hosting male interns. 

To apply to be a host family, please fill out an application.

Questions? Email us at [email protected]



Meet the 2021-22 Amity Interns


Fredy Abel Cruz Martínez

My name is Fredy Abel Cruz Martínez, I am from El Salvador. I am 24 years old. My favorite hobbies are bike riding and listening to music. I also love going out with friends, my favorite place to go is somewhere high to watch the sunset. I have been working with kids here in my town, I have been teaching English in a kindergarten, and at a school from 1st to 5th grade. This is going to be a wonderful experience to me, I will be so glad to share everything I know with you and to help in every way possible.

Santiago Garcia

Hey! My name is Santiago Garcia, and I am from Colombia, exactly Boyaca state. I am 22 years old, I am 165 cm tall, and I like ice cream. I love astronomy, cooking, and watching series. I like the color green, cycling, drawing, reading, and sometimes playing the ukulele even though I still don’t do it very well.
I am a foreign language student, and I speak Spanish, French, English and a little German. I like challenges and consider myself a risky person. I like to talk to people, and learn about all topics. There are many things I don’t like, like hot food, waiting in the car for the journey, etc.

Being a teacher is a vocation that I have from a young age, I hope that in this adventure as a Spanish assistant in Puesta del Sol, it will be fruitful for everyone.

Paula Jimenez

Hi everybody! I’m Paula. I am 26 years old. I was born in Fontellas, a little village in the North of Spain. I’m an adventurous person so I love discovering new things to do. In my free time I go to the cinema, do hiking, go to the gym, read a book and so on.

I studied primary and kindergarten education degree and nowadays, I continue with a master. Also, I love cooking different cultural dishes overall Mexican and Italian food. Moreover, I love travelling and I’ve visited some European countries like Italian, Luxemburg, Croatia and so on. I am enchanted to participate as Amity and I’m too thankful at Puesta School and my host families.

Gracias a todos y nos vemos por la escuela!



Hosting an Amity Intern

The Amity Committee, which is the PTA Committee that oversees the program at Puesta del Sol, needs multiple families per intern to host each year.  If you are interested, or have any questions that aren’t addressed in the FAQ’s, please reach out to the Amity Committee ([email protected]) so we can be responsive to any questions you may have.  Once you’ve decided that you do want to host, please complete the below Host Family Application.  

Host Family Application

FAQs for Potential Host Families