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 and work on sustainable community service projects while living 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 2020 Summer Programs.
HOW TO APPLY FOR AMIGOS:
The Albuquerque Chapter is no longer accepting volunteers. However, the National Chapter is still accepting applications!
- Watch the Summer Program Online Information Session. Then, check out the National Chapter page!
- Apply online.
- AMIGOS staff will contact you to schedule your interview.
April 7th: Final deadline to join AMIGOS through the National Chapter
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 volunteers September through December of the fall prior to each summer experience. During the months of January through June, Albuquerque Chapter volunteers 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. Volunteers receive considerable help with regard to fundraising strategies, and the experience gained in this effort will build important skills!
AMIGOS Albuquerque volunteers raise funds through the sale of pistachios and poinsettias. Volunteers receive considerable help with regard to sales strategies, and the experience gained in this effort will definitely build important skills! Product sales start in early November. Volunteers may buy out of product sales if they wish.
LETTER WRITING/DONOR CONTACTS
Each volunteer 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 student with considerable help provided by the chapter during the process.
Additional funding opportunities
All alumni interested in volunteering again with AMIGOS qualify to apply for the Alumni Award. More info here.
We highly encourage you to apply for financial assistance.
Application Fee: $50
Product Sale Participant Family Fee: $3,800
Final Deadline Family Fee: $4,250
*Any applicants after November 4th will pay a higher family fee that makes up for missed product sales/fundraising
- 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
- Volunteers pay their family fees starting in December. The fee must be paid by April 15.
- Fees can be paid online or by mail.
- Payment plans are available.
AMIGOS actively recruits and supports inclusion of volunteers 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 may apply for the Alumni Award.
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 volunteers 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 volunteers for their AMIGOS experience, builds a community of youth and families with shared values, and develops life-skills to help volunteers succeed beyond AMIGOS. Training sessions are facilitated by the Training Team and Albuquerque Chapter Board of Directors.
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
Albuquerque Chapter Training begins in Spring 2020. More calendar details will be announced soon.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
|Jessica Mount Matney