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 or state 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 application to join through the Albuquerque Chapter has closed, but there is still time to apply through our National Chapter! Click here to learn more about the National Chapter and apply.


The AMIGOS Albuquerque Chapter is part of a 20 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 or Colorado. Our board supports volunteers with fundraising and overall preparation. Learn more about our Summer Programs here!


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


The cost to participate in an AMIGOS Latin America Summer Program in the Albuquerque Chapter is $4,375*.

The cost to participate in an AMIGOS Western Colorado Program in the Albuquerque Chapter is $5,475*.

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!

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



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! Volunteers may buy out of product sales if they wish.



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. We highly encourage you to apply for financial assistance.


Non-Refundable Application Fee: $50

Latin America Project Family Fee: $4,375*

Western Colorado Project Family Fee: $5,475*

*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


The Albuquerque Chapter is currently finalizing the Spring 2022 Training Calendar.


Jennifer Pentecost
Jessica Mount Matney
Joe Landavazo
Joe Allred
Fundraising Coordinator
Valentin Varela
Marybeth Tablada-Simons
Susana Perez
Training Director
Mark Martin
Outreach Coordinator