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.

 

READY TO START YOUR APPLICATION?

  1. Click here to start your application.
  2. Complete your application.
  3. An AMIGOS representative will contact you to set up an interview.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINES

November 4th: Financial aid application deadline

 

INFO SESSIONS

Please attend one of our online info sessions. Be sure to watch the Info Session titled “Summer Program.” Once you watch this, please fill out this form and we will contact you with more information.

 

INTERVIEWS

Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis. After attending an online info session and completing your application, an AMIGOS representative will contact you to set up an interview.

 

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 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!

 

PRODUCT SALES

AMIGOS Albuquerque volunteers raise funds through the sale of products. Volunteers 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 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. You can do so by completing your financial assistance application by November 4th.

Fees

Application Fee: $50

Priority Deadline Family Fee: $3,600

Final Deadline Family Fee: $4,250

*Any applicants after November 4th 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

  • 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.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

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.

Financial ASSISTANCE FAq

  • Applicants must apply by November 4th to be considered for financial assistance
  • 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 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.

 

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 2020. More calendar details will be announced soon.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jennifer Pentecost
President
president.amigosqabq@gmail.com
Jessica Mount Matney
Secretary
Secretary.amigosabq@gmail.com
Joe Landavazo
Treasurer
jlandavazo.amigosabq@gmail.com
Mary Beth Tablada Simons
Paperwork Coordinator
paperwork.amigosabq@gmail.com
 

Valentin Varela
Retreat Coordinator
vvarela142@aol.com

 

Susana Perez
Training
susanaperez047@gmail.com

 

Samantha Katz
Training
skatz2324@gmail.com

 

Somah Halland
Training/Board Support
somahmarie.hp@gmail.com

 

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