HOW TO APPLY

AMIGOS gives you an exciting chance to have an adventure and explore the world outside of a classroom. You will live in a new country, work on sustainable community service projects, and live with a host family. These experiences prepare you for your future, improve your Spanish, and build your confidence. You develop leadership skills that will set you apart in college and throughout your career. With AMIGOS, you will learn about the world by living in it. Click here to explore our 2019 Summer Programs.

 

READY TO START YOUR APPLICATION?

  1. Click here to start your application. Make sure you are applying for the Albuquerque Chapter
  2. Complete your application and pay your $50 application fee. If you are applying for financial aid, complete the financial aid section within the application.
  3. Attend an Info Session.
  4. Complete an interview!

 

Deadlines

December 3rd: Final Application Deadline

 

INFO SESSIONS

We have concluded our in-person info meetings but encourage you to start your application or email amigosabq@gmail.com with any questions!

INterviews

Interviews will be scheduled one-on-one with each applicant and their family. Please submit your application ASAP to begin the process.

 

CONTACT

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact amigosabq@gmail.com

ABOUT

The AMIGOS Albuquerque Chapter is part of a 25 Chapter Network that recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS volunteers and families in their local community. Volunteers from the Albuquerque area train together as a group before leaving for their summer experience in Latin America. Our board supports volunteers with packing, pre-departure immunizations, fundraising, and overall preparation. Our chapter accepts participants September through December of the fall prior to each summer experience. During the months of January through June, Albuquerque Chapter participants will take part in local training and fundraising events as they prepare for their AMIGOS experience.

 

Albuquerque Volunteers Attend:

Albuquerque Academy • Albuquerque High School • Bosque School • Cibola • Cleveland • College and Career • Early College Academy • East Mountain • Highland • La Cueva • Manzano • Rio Rancho • Saint Pius • Sandia Prep • South Valley Academy

FEES & FUNDING

AMIGOS Albuquerque covers program costs through a combination of family payments and fundraising activities. Fundraising skills are an important component of AMIGOS training program and raise awareness of AMIGOS programs in the community. Participants receive considerable help with regard to fundraising strategies, and the experience gained in this effort will build important skills!

 

PRODUCT SALES

AMIGOS Albuquerque participants raise funds through the sale of products. This effort primarily takes place in TBA. Participants receive considerable help with regard to sales strategies, and the experience gained in this effort will definitely build important skills!

 

LETTER WRITING/DONOR CONTACTS

Each participant is also required to send out a combination of letters and emails to friends and family, and contact a limited number of prior AMIGOS donors via telephone, to request individual tax-deductible donations (the revenue from this effort is pooled). Letters are written by the participant with considerable help provided by the chapter during the process.

 

Additional funding opportunities

All alumni interested in volunteering again with AMIGOS will receive a credit of $500 off of their family fee and qualify to apply for the Alumni Award. More info here. Apply by Nov. 5th!

Do you qualify for financial aid? If so then we highly encourage you to apply for the AMIGOS Young Leaders Award here by November 12th. 

Fees

Application Fee: $50

Priority Deadline Family Fee: $3,600

Final Deadline Family Fee: $4,250

*Any applicants after November 5th will pay a higher family fee that makes up for missed product sales

FEES INCLUDE

  • Round-trip international airfare
  • Training materials and workshops
  • Secondary short-term international medical insurance
  • Program excursions
  • Food, lodging, and transportation in Latin America
  • Supplies for community project and extracurricular activities
  • 24-hour On Call Emergency Management System
  • Travel hotline and support

Click here for more information about our Fees & Funding.

DUE DATES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS

  • Participants pay their family fees beginning December 2018. The fee must be paid by April 15, 2019.
  • Fees can be paid online or by mail.
  • Payment plans are available.

FINANCIAL AID

AMIGOS actively recruits and supports inclusion of participants from diverse backgrounds. AMIGOS provides needs-based financial assistance with distribution determined by family income, number of dependents and special financial circumstances. We provide amounts of financial assistance to qualified applicants as deductions on the family fee. Please contact chapter leadership for additional information. In addition, participants who are returning for an additional summer receive a $500 discount.

Financial AID FAq

  • Applicants must apply by November 5th to be considered for financial aid
  • Awards vary

TRAINING

The transformative AMIGOS experience starts before leaving home.

With 50 years of experience preparing young people for travel and service abroad, AMIGOS training offers unparalleled global youth leadership development. Pre-departure training equips participants with the critical thinking, communication skills, and technical knowledge they need to make a meaningful impact across cultures while staying healthy and safe. The Albuquerque Chapter AMIGOS training is youth-led, experiential learning that prepares participants for their AMIGOS experience, builds a community of youth and families with shared values, and develops life-skills to help participants succeed beyond AMIGOS. Training sessions are facilitated by the Training Team and Albuquerque Chapter Board of Directors.

 

SERVICE LEARNING

The Albuquerque Chapter incorporates service learning into the AMIGOS training to add depth and first-hand experience to the curriculum. Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities.

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRAINING PROGRAM INCLUDE:
  • Unparalleled leadership development
  • Cross-cultural awareness and understanding
  • Hands-on training for technical aspects of the program
  • Extensive health and safety training
  • Opportunities to practice Spanish
  • Creating a community of young people with shared values

 

THE TIME COMMITMENT FOR TRAINING ACTIVITIES INCLUDES:
  • Training meetings
  • Overnight retreats
  • Service learning requirements
  • Four online assessments to determine readiness for the summer

TRAINING CALENDAR

Albuquerque Chapter Training begins in Spring 2019. More calendar details will be announced soon.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Joe Landavazo
President
jlandavazo.amigosabq@gmail.com
Jennifer Pentecost
Vice President
vp.amigosqabq@gmail.com
Adam Barela
Treasurer
treasurer.amigosabq@gmail.com
Roger Waldock
Paperwork Coordinator
505-573-4663
roger.amigosabq@gmail.com
Valentin Varela
Retreat Coordinator
505-270-8786
Jessica Mount Matney
Secretary
Secretary.amigosabq@gmail.com

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