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.



  1. Click here to start your application.
  2. Complete your application.
  3. An AMIGOS representative will contact you to set up an interview.



December 9th: Final deadline to join the Chicago Urban Chapter

April 7th: Deadline to apply for Summer 2020 programs through the National Chapter



November 9 at 1pm at the Uptown Branch, Chicago Public Library, 929 W Buena Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

November 24 at 1:30pm at the Sulzer Regional Library, Chicago Public Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625

December 15 at 9:30am at Next Door Chicago, 659 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60657



An hour-long information session will take place directly before interviews. Please see the above for more information. Interviews will last 30 minutes and you will need a parent/guardian present. Listed below are dates, time windows (longer than 30 minutes), and locations. We will assign you a 30 minute slot on the date you choose and confirm this via email. If you cannot make the listed interview times, please email for assistance. Please sign up for your interview HERE.

November 9, 2-4:30pm at the Uptown Branch, Chicago Public Library, 929 W Buena Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

November 24, 2:30-4:30pm at the Sulzer Regional Library, Chicago Public Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625

December 15, 10:30am-1pm at Next Door Chicago, 659 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60657


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


January 12, 10:00 AM–1:00 PM – Kickoff Meeting for Volunteers and Parents
Location TBD

January 25–26, 7:00 PM–4:00 PM – Overnight retreat and training
JCYS Camp Henry Horner

February 9, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM – Training and Parent Meeting (2:30–4:00 PM)
Location TBD

March 8, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM – Training and Parent Meeting (2:30–4:00 PM)
Location TBD

April 19, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM – Training and Parent Meeting (2:30–4:00 PM)
Location TBD

May 2, 5:00–10:00 PM – Silent Auction
National Museum of Mexican Art

May 17, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM – Training and Parent Meeting (2:30–4:00 PM), Spanish Retreat
Location TBD

June – Despedida/Going Away Party

We will also have one volunteer event scheduled at some point between January – May 2020. The date and details will be released soon with more information!


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