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 with a host family and work on sustainable community service projects. 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 Summer Programs.



The deadline to apply to the local Albuquerque Chapter of AMIGOS has passed. We are still accepting applications through our National Chapter to join AMIGOS! You can learn more about the National Chapter here.



If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Micaela Gallegos, Outreach Coordinator, via email at [email protected].


The AMIGOS Albuquerque Chapter is part of a 13 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 and families with group fundraising, service learning, community building, and overall preparation. Learn more about our Summer Programs here!



Since the Albuquerque Chapter’s incorporation in 1970, over 700 youth from Albuquerque and its suburbs have volunteered through the chapter path, fundraising and training locally before the summer.



Albuquerque Chapter 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, and many more!


The family fee to participate in an AMIGOS Summer Program in the Albuquerque Chapter varies by project.* Please see the Fees section to the right to review pricing.

AMIGOS Albuquerque covers program costs through a combination of family fee payments and fundraising activities. We chose these activities to maximize our ability to provide the AMIGOS experience to all volunteers without regard to family financial circumstances.

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 builds important skills. Volunteers may buy out of product sales if they wish.



Each volunteer is 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.

To see some of our fundraising efforts from last year, check out our Summer 2022 CauseVox Campaign here.


Additional funding opportunities

All alumni interested in volunteering again with AMIGOS qualify to apply for the Alumni Award. We highly encourage you to apply for financial assistance.


Non-Refundable Application Fee: $50

Summer program family fees vary by project length:

  • 3-week projects: $4,375
  • 4-week projects: $4,675
  • 6-week projects: $4,875

*Flight costs are not included. Learn more about airfare and travel support here.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Chapter Leadership.



  • 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.


AMIGOS actively recruits and supports inclusion of volunteers from diverse backgrounds. AMIGOS provides need-based financial assistance and determines distribution based on family income, number of dependents, and special financial circumstances. The Albuquerque Chapter provides need-based financial assistance to qualified applicants as deductions on the family fee.


The transformative AMIGOS experience starts before leaving home.

With over 55 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 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.


  • 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


All trainings will take place at the Latin American Iberian Institute in Albuquerque on the following dates:

  • Sunday, February 5th
  • Sunday, March 5th
  • Sunday, April 2nd
  • Sunday, May 7th


Jennifer Pentecost
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Claire Bettler
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Joe Landavazo
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Joe Allred
Fundraising Coordinator
Valentin Varela
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Micaela Gallegos
Outreach Coordinator
[email protected]
Susana Perez
Training Director
[email protected]