ABOUT

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 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

December 9th: Final deadline to join the Colorado Chapter

April 7th: Deadline to join AMIGOS for Summer 2020

 

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. In-person info sessions are available upon request. Please contact coloradoamigos@gmail.com to arrange a session.

 

INTERVIEWS

After your application is submitted and the application fee is paid, you will be contacted by AMIGOS Colorado to schedule an interview.

 

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.

 

PRODUCT SALES

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.

FEES

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.

 

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

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.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

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. Financial assistance applications are due on November 4th, 2019. Apply online through the AMIGOS application dashboard. After initial review, 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, president@amigos-colorado.org.

Financial aSSISTANCE deadline November 4

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 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

 

TRAINING CALENDAR

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
president@amigos-colorado.org

Vice President – Carol Tumaylle
coloradoamigos@gmail.com

Secretary – Lisa Christian
secretary@amigos-colorado.org

Treasurer – Jeff Kercheval
coloradoamigos@gmail.com

At Large – Mike Kercheval
coloradoamigos@gmail.com

At Large – Tirshana Regmi (Social Media Coordinator)
tirshana@gmail.com

At Large – Tanika Vigil
tanika.vigil@gmail.com

Training Director: Ben Law
Training@amigos-colorado.org

MEDIA