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 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. Due to restrictions related to COVID-19, any new volunteers from the Denver area applying to 2021 programs should apply through the AMIGOS National Chapter.
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.
- 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
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 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 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 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
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