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 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 Chicago Urban Chapter
April 7th: Deadline to apply for Summer 2020 programs through the National Chapter
October 5th at 3pm at the Albany Park Branch, Chicago Public Library, 3401 West Foster Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625
October 8th at 7pm at Northside College Prep, 5501 North Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625
October 10th at 7pm at the Jones College Prep Library, 700 South State Street, Chicago, IL 60605
An hour-long information session will take place directly before interviews. An online sign up will be created shortly.
Saturday, November 9th – Location and time TBD
Sunday, November 24th – Location and time TBD
Sunday, December 15th – Location and time TBD
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.
FEES & FUNDING
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!
LETTER WRITING/DONOR CONTACTS
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.
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.
DUE DATES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS
- 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. Financial assistance applications are due on November 4. Please contact your Chapter President for additional 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.
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
THE TIME COMMITMENT FOR TRAINING ACTIVITIES INCLUDES:
- Training meetings
- Four online assessments to determine readiness for the summer
January 12, 10:00 AM–1:00 PM – Kickoff Meeting for Volunteers and Parents
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)
March 8, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM – Training and Parent Meeting (2:30–4:00 PM)
April 18 or 25, 5:00–10:00 PM – Silent Auction
National Museum of Mexican Art
April 19 or 26, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM – Training and Parent Meeting (2:30–4:00 PM)
May 31, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM – Training and Parent Meeting (2:30–4:00 PM), Spanish Retreat
June – Despedida/Going Away Party
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Recruitment & Training Team
Assistant Training Director