ABOUT

AMIGOS is a leader in international youth development, creating a world in which young people realize their full potential as leaders and global citizens. We provide extraordinary opportunities for youth to design and lead projects in collaboration with US and Latin American peers and partner organizations across the Americas. Our strong partner network, built over 50 years, enables authentic engagements in communities across the region.

The AMIGOS Albuquerque Chapter recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS participants and their families from the Albuquerque metro area. Our chapter accepts participants August through October of the fall prior to each summer experience. During the months of October through May, Albuquerque Chapter participants will take part in local training and fundraising events as they prepare for their AMIGOS experience.

 

CALENDAR

Application Deadlines

Extended Deadline: December 20, 2017

FUNDRAISING

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.

 

 

Pricing At-A-Glance

Application Fee: $50

Standard Family Fee: $3,600

Late Admission Family Fee: $4,600

*Any applicants after 22 October will pay a higher family fee that makes up for missed product sales

THE PROGRAM FEE INCLUDES:

  • Chapter training materials and workshops
  • Round-Trip International Airfare
  • Secondary short-term international medical insurance
  • Program excursions and trainings
  • Food, lodging, and transportation in Latin America
  • Supplies for community project and extracurricular activities
  • 24-hour emergency support system

THE PROGRAM FEE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Immunizations and pre-travel medical examinations
  • Passport/visa fees

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 $365 discount.

Apply for financial aid

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

LEADERSHIP

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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