HOW TO APPLY

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. 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 Programs.
How to apply:

We are excited to announce that AMIGOS will be offering in-person projects in Latin America and the United States during Summer 2021! Check out our summer projects here

If you were a volunteer in 2020, we invite you to complete your application here. Once you complete your application, we will connect you directly to your Local Chapter with next steps! All fees, fundraising, and financial assistance from 2020 will carry over to this year, and your price from 2020 is locked in!

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.

ABOUT

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.

 

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

If you were signed up for our 2020 Summer Immersion programs, all fees, fundraising, and financial assistance from 2020 will carry over this year, and your price from 2020 is locked in!

 

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

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.

If you were not signed up for amigos in 2020, click here to see our 2021 programs!

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. 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, president@amigos-colorado.org. The financial assistance application deadline has passed.

TRAINING

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

 

TRAINING CALENDAR

Predeparture training for 2021 programs will be done through a combination of mandatory online modules and optional webinars. Training will also take place in country upon arrival. Once you apply, we will reach out with more information on the pre-departure training timeline and expectations.

Your Local Chapter may offer additional local opportunities to connect virtually with AMIGOS in your area. If you have questions about this, please reach out to chapters@amigosinternational.org.

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 – Tanika Vigil
tanika.vigil@gmail.com

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

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