HOW TO APPLY
How to apply:
If you are a new volunteer who was not signed up for an AMIGOS program in 2020, you will be applying through our National Chapter. Once you complete your application, you will receive an email from our Admissions team outlining next steps! Learn more about the National Chapter here.
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. Due to restrictions related to COVID-19, any new volunteers from the Albuquerque area applying to 2021 programs should apply through the AMIGOS National Chapter.
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.
- 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
- For any family reapplying from Summer 2020, Family Financial Agreements will need to be to be resigned.
- Reach out to your local chapter for specifics about your financial agreement this year.
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 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 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.
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
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
|Jessica Mount Matney