HOW TO APPLY
How to apply:
The AMIGOS Colorado Chapter is part of a 25 Chapter Network that recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS volunteers and families in their local community. Volunteers from the greater Denver Metropolitan Area, Boulder, and surrounding counties 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 August through December of the fall prior to each summer experience. During the months of November through May, Colorado Chapter volunteers will take part in local training and fundraising events as they prepare for their AMIGOS experience.
FEES & FUNDING
The Colorado Chapter covers AMIGOS program costs through a combination of family payments and fundraising activities. This approach allows us to keep costs to families low while teaching valuable fundraising and community outreach skills. All volunteers are required to fully take part in each fundraising activity as 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!
LETTER WRITING/DONOR CONTACTS
Each volunteer must participate in online fundraising by drafting and posting a written appeal and sending their personal fundraising page to at least 100 contacts. Students will receive considerable support from the chapter and sample appeals are available.
The Colorado Chapter volunteers also raise funds through the sale of citrus fruits. Each volunteer will be required to sell 100 boxes of grapefruit and oranges.
Additional funding opportunities
Returning volunteers will receive a $300 discount. All alumni interested in volunteering again with AMIGOS also qualify to apply for the Alumni Award. More info here.
Family Fee: $4,250 (Payment plans available)
Application Fee: $50 (Non-refundable and not included in the Family Fee.)
Fundraising Goal: Each volunteer commits to the goal of sending 100 letters and selling 100 citrus boxes.
- 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
FEES DO NOT INCLUDE
- Immunizations and pre-travel medical examinations
- Passport/visa fees
DUE DATES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS
- Participants pay their family fees beginning December 2019. The fee must be paid by April 2020.
- Fees can be paid online or by mail. Payment plans are available.
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. Qualified applicants will receive a deduction on the family fee. Financial assistance recipients are required to participate in all group fundraising efforts. After initial review of the financial assistance application, applicants will be required to submit a letter (limit one page) on why/how you would benefit from financial assistance. The letter, along with a copy of your most recent filed tax return will need to be sent to: Chapter President, firstname.lastname@example.org. The financial assistance application deadline has passed.
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 Colorado 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 students succeed beyond AMIGOS. Training sessions are facilitated by the Training Team, past AMIGOS volunteers, and the Colorado 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
TRAINING ACTIVITIES Overview:
The AMIGOS Colorado Chapter will meet once a month between January and June. Training occurs once a month on a Sunday. The February training is an overnight retreat. Training locations vary across the Denver-Boulder metro areas. Each training will be 6 hours long, and runs from 11am to 5pm. The total time commitment for training is approximately 40 hours. In addition, AMIGOS Colorado volunteers complete four (4) hours of independent community service hours.
If you have any questions regarding training, please email the Training Director at Training@amigos-colorado.org
Volunteers with the Colorado chapter attend a monthly training (every second Sunday) between January and June. Each training will be 5.5 hours long. The February training is a 2-day/1-night overnight retreat.
Sunday January 12 – 11am-4:30pm – Front Range Community College/Westminster
Saturday February 8 – 10am -10pm – overnight retreat day 1; mountain cabin
Sunday February 9 – 8am-5pm – retreat day 2; mountain cabin
Sunday March 8 – 11am-4:30pm – Front Range Community College/Westminster
Sunday April 12 – 11am-4:30pm – Front Range Community College/Westminster
Sunday May 10 – 11am-4:30pm – Front Range Community College/Westminster
June – Despedida (going away party) (optional) – date/time/location to be determined
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President – Brett Wayman
Vice President – Carol Tumaylle
Secretary – Lisa Christian
Treasurer – Jeff Kercheval
At Large – Mike Kercheval
At Large – Tanika Vigil
Training Director: Ben Law