ABOUT

AMIGOS is a leader in international youth development, creating a world in which young people realize their full potential as leaders and global citizens. We provide extraordinary opportunities for youth to design and lead projects in collaboration with US and Latin American peers and partner organizations across the Americas. Our strong partner network, built over 50 years, enables authentic engagements in communities across the region.

The AMIGOS Colorado Chapter recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS participants and their families from the greater Denver Metropolitan Area, Boulder, and the surrounding counties. 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.

 

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 (2/10/18-2/11/18) 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.  The training dates are:

January 21, 2018

February 10-11, 2018

March 11, 2018

April 8, 2018

May 13, 2018

June 10, 2018 (despedida; Going Away Party)

 

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

 

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

HOW TO APPLY

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!

 

Deadlines

 

The Colorado Chapter will accept applications through December 31, 2017

 

Info Sessions

We would love to have you participate this coming summer and want to start by having you learn more about our programs and get all your questions answered

Online Information Sessions

Sign up to attend an online info session to learn more about AMIGOS by clicking here or emailing recruitment@amigos-colorado.org.

If you are an interested participant but not able to attend trainings through the Colorado Chapter, you have the opportunity to join AMIGOS through our National Office. Sign up here to attend an online Info Session to learn more!

 

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.

 

PRICING

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.

 

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 INCLUDES

  • 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, 2017. The fee must be paid by April 15, 2018.
  • Fees can be paid online or by mail. Payment plans are available.

Pricing At-A-Glance

Family Fee: $4,250

Application Fee: $50

*Round trip international airfare included

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

FUNDRAISING

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 definitely 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

 

CALENDAR

Application DEADLINES

The Colorado Chapter will accept applications through December 31, 2017

 

Interviews

Request an interview or additional information by emailing recruitment@amigos-colorado.org.

 

Orientation

December 17, 2017 12-1:30pm
Meadows Branch of Boulder Public Library, Meadow Branch Room
4800 Baseline Road, Boulder CO

 

Training

January 21, 2018 – 11:00am-5pm

February 10, 2018 at 10am – February 11 at 5pm (Overnight Retreat)

March 11, 2018 – 11:00am-5pm

April 8, 2018 – 11:00am-5pm

May 13, 2018 – 11:00am-5pm (Note that this is Mother’s Day)

June 10, 2018 – Despedida (Going away party)

Independent Community Service hours – 4 hours

 

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