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?
- Click here to start your application.
- Complete your application.
- An AMIGOS representative will contact you to set up an interview.
November 4th: Financial assistance application deadline
December 9th: Final deadline to join the Colorado Chapter
April 7th: Deadline to join AMIGOS for Summer 2020
Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis. After attending an online info session and completing your application, an AMIGOS representative will contact you to set up 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 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 student with considerable help provided by the chapter during the process.
The Colorado Chapter volunteers also raise funds through the sale of citrus fruits. Each volunteer will be required to sell and deliver 100 boxes of grapefruit and oranges
Additional funding opportunities
All alumni interested in volunteering again with AMIGOS qualify to apply for the Alumni Award. More info here.
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.
- 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.
AMIGOS actively recruits and supports inclusion of volunteers 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.
Need based financial assistance is available. Applications are due by 11/4/2019. 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 family’s most recent tax return to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President – Brett Wayman
Vice President – Carol Tumaylle
Secretary – Lisa Christian
At Large – Tirshana Regmi (Social Media Coordinator)
At Large – Tanika Vigil
Training Director: Ben Law