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 Programs.
How to apply:

AMIGOS has suspended our in-person programs for Summer 2020. However, we have developed an exciting new virtual program: The Community Impact Project! Through this 6-week initiative, you will connect across cultures, design positive service projects, and support your community during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on the Community Impact Project and how to register, visit our website.


The AMIGOS Chicago Urban Chapter is part of a 25 Chapter Network that recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS volunteers and families in their local community. Volunteers from the Chicago area 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 September through December of the fall prior to each summer experience. During the months of January through June, Chicago Urban Chapter volunteers will take part in local training and fundraising events as they prepare for their AMIGOS experience.



The Chicago Urban Chapter covers AMIGOS program costs through a combination of fundraising activities and a family fee contribution. We chose these activities to maximize our ability to provide the AMIGOS experience to all volunteers without regard to family financial circumstances. 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.This effort primarily takes place from December to June. Volunteers receive considerable help with regard to fundraising strategies, and the experience gained in this effort will build important skills!



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


Silent Auction

Each volunteer is required to participate in preparation and attend a Silent Auction to be held in the Spring. Volunteers will be responsible for soliciting items for the silent auction and assisting in setup of the event.


Additional funding opportunities

All alumni interested in volunteering again with AMIGOS qualify to apply for the Alumni Award. More info here.


Application Fee: $50

Family Fee: $4,250 (payment plan options available)

Group fundraising participation required


  • 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

Click here for more information about our Fees & Funding.


  • Volunteers pay their family fees beginning December 15, 2019. The fee must be paid by April 15, 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. We provide amounts of $500–$1,500 to qualified applicants as deductions on the family fee. The Financial Assistance Application deadline has passed. Please contact your Chapter President for additional information.


The Financial Assistance deadline has passed. Please contact the Urban Chicago Treasurer for more information.


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 Chicago Urban 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 and include guest speakers from the community and the Board of Directors.


  • 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 meetings
  • Retreats
  • Four online assessments to determine readiness for the summer


March 8
Training Session 10:00 AM–3:30 PM
Volunteers will join the Parent Meeting from 3:30 PM-4:00PM
Parent Meeting 2:00 PM–4:00 PM
The Hatchery Chicago
135 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60612

April 19
Spanish Retreat 10:00 AM–3:00 PM
North Shore Country Day School
310 Green Bay Rd, Winnetka, IL 60093
(Auction items or corporate sponsorship valuing at least $500 are due.)

May 9
Silent Auction and Benefit!
Volunteers are required to attend 4:00 PM–10:00 PM.
National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W 19th St, Chicago, IL 60608

May 17
Training Session 10:00 AM–2:00 PM
Volunteers will joint the Parent Meeting from 2:00 PM-4:00PM
Parent Meeting 2:00 PM–4:00 PM
The Hatchery Chicago
135 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60612

June – Despedida/Going Away Party


Mattie Young-Burns
Laura Corona
Parent Coordinator
Emily Belin
Molly Friend
Fundraising Coordinator
Sarah Clatanoff
Equipment Coordinator
Jennifer Thompson
Metzli Correa

Recruitment & Training Team

Lauren Antosz
Recruitment Coordinator
Eleanor Dollear

Training Director
Gracie Gramelspacher

Assistant Training Director