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 , and live 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 2019 Summer Programs.

 

Ready to start your application?

  1. Click here to start your application. Make sure you are applying for the Colorado Chapter
  2. Complete your application and pay your $50 application fee. If you are applying for financial aid, complete the financial aid section within the application.
  3. Attend an Info Session.
  4. Sign up for an interview!

 

APPLICATION DEADLINES

December 3rd: Final Application Deadline

 

INFO SESSIONS

Please view one of our online info session videos here. 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.!

 

Interviews

After you complete your application, sign up for an interview! If you have not yet attended an information session, please do! We encourage everyone to attend an online information session prior to their interview.

 

CONTACT

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact recruitment@amigos-colorado.org.

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 participants August through December of the fall prior to each summer experience. During the months of November through May, Colorado Chapter participants 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 participants 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. Participants receive considerable help with regard to fundraising strategies, and the experience gained in this effort will build important skills!

 

LETTER WRITING/DONOR CONTACTS

Each participant is required to send out a combination of 100 letters and emails to friends, family, and any number of organizations, to request individual tax-deductible donations (the revenue from this effort is pooled) Letters are written by the participant with considerable help provided by the Chapter during the process.

 

PRODUCT SALES

The Colorado Chapter participants also raise funds through the sale of citrus fruits. Each participant will be required to sell and deliver 100 boxes of grapefruit and oranges

 

Additional funding opportunities

All alumni interested in volunteering again with AMIGOS will receive a credit of $500 towards their family fee and qualify to apply for the Alumni Award. More info here. Apply by Nov. 5th!

Do you qualify for financial aid? If so then we highly encourage you to apply for the AMIGOS Young Leaders Award here by November 12th. 

FEES

Family Fee: $4,250 (Payment plans available)

Application Fee: $50 (Non-refundable and not included in the Family Fee.)

Fundraising Goal: Each participant commits to the goal of sending 100 letters and selling 100 citrus boxes.

 

FEES INCLUDE

  • Training materials and workshops
  • Round-trip international airfare
  • 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 15. The fee must be paid by April 15.
  • Fees can be paid online or by mail. Payment plans are available.

FINANCIAL AID

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. Please contact the Chapter President for additional information. In addition, participants who are returning for an additional summer receive a $500 discount.

Need based financial aid is available. Applications are due by 11/15/2017. To apply, please submit a letter (limit one page) on why/how you would benefit from financial assistance. Send the letter, along with a copy (can be scanned and attached; or take a picture of the summary page and include as an attachment) of your 2016 tax return to: treasurer@amigos-colorado.org.

Financial aid deadline November 15

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 participants 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 participants for their AMIGOS experience, builds a community of youth and families with shared values, and develops life-skills to help participants succeed beyond AMIGOS. Training sessions are facilitated by the Training Team, past AMIGOS participants 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 2018 and June 2018.  Training occurs once a month on a Sunday.  The February training (2/9/18-2/10/18) 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 participants 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

Sunday, January 13th
11:00a-5:00p

Saturday, February 9th – Sunday, February 10th
10:00a-5:00p
Overnight Retreat

Sunday, March 10th
11:00a-5:00p

Sunday, April 7th
11:00a-5:00p

Sunday, May 5th
11:00a-5:00p

Saturday, June 2nd
Despedida (Going away party)

 

Training locations will be announced later this fall.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President: Carol Tumaylle
303-681-1385
coloradoamigos@gmail.com

Treasurer: Irene Perez Law
720-217-7791
treasurer@amigos-colorado.org

Secretary: Lisa Christian
secretary@amigos-colorado.org

Fundraising Coordinator: Kathi Engelken
Kengelken@aol.com

Fundraising Support: Heidi Ruckreigle
Kengelken@aol.com

Recruitment Lead/Alumni Engagement Coordinator: Brett Wayman
Bwayman@gmail.com

Recruitment Coordinator: Tanika Vigil
recruitment@amigos-colorado.org

Web/Social Media: Tirshana Regmi
Tirshana@gmail.com

Board Member: Laurie Albright
Board Member: Greg Engelken

 

Training Director: Emily Padgett 
Training@amigos-colorado.org

Assistant Training Director: TBD

MEDIA