ABOUT

THE SEATTLE CHAPTER IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER 2016
GO HERE TO APPLY THROUGH THE NATIONAL OFFICE

AMIGOS is a leader in international youth development, creating a world in which young people realize their full potential as leaders and global citizens. We provide extraordinary opportunities for youth to design and lead projects in collaboration with US and Latin American peers and partner organizations across the Americas. Our strong partner network, built over 50 years, enables authentic engagements in communities across the region.

The AMIGOS Seattle Chapter recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS participants and their families from the Puget Sound area. Our chapter accepts participants August through November of the fall prior to each summer experience. During the months of December through June, Seattle Chapter participants will take part in local training and fundraising events as they prepare for their AMIGOS experience.

 

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4-8% of your purchases go to the Seattle Chapter of AMIGOS, at no extra cost to you!  You can use our banner all year long and for many years to come.  Make sure to bookmark it and to spread the word!

 

  • Upcoming Events

    1. Despedida (Farewell)

      June 5 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    2. Bienvenida

      August 20 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • FUNDRAISING

    The cost of supporting an AMIGOS participant in Latin America is significant. The Seattle Chapter covers these costs through a combination of direct support fundraising webpages, product sales, participant-initiated community events, and a family fee contribution. We chose these activities to maximize our ability to provide the AMIGOS experience to all participants without regard to family financial circumstances. All participants 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. Participants receive considerable help with regard to fundraising strategies, and the experience gained in this effort will definitely build important skills!

    LETTER WRITING/DONOR CONTACTS

    Each participant is required to send out a combination of 100 letters and emails to friends, family, and a limited number of prior donors, to request individual tax-deductible donations (the revenue from this effort is pooled) Letters are written by the participant with considerable help provided by the chapter during the process.

    Amazon Smile

    Shop through Amazon and Amazon will donate a percentage to AMIGOS. Follow the link below or add AMIGOS as a charitable organization to your AmazonSmile purchases.

    https://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7209800

    FAMILY FEE $3,250

    (payment plan options available)

    Chapter deposit $200 (included as part of the family fee)

    Group fundraising participation required

    THE PROGRAM FEE INCLUDES:

    • Chapter training materials and workshops
    • Round-Trip International Airfare
    • Secondary short-term international medical insurance
    • Program excursions and trainings
    • Food, lodging, and transportation in Latin America
    • Supplies for community project and extracurricular activities
    • 24-hour emergency support system

    THE PROGRAM FEE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

    • Immunizations and pre-travel medical examinations
    • Passport fees

    FINANCIAL AID

    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. We provide amounts of $350-$2,700 to qualified applicants as deductions on the family fee. Financial assistance applications are due on December 1st, 2015. Please contact us at president@amigos-seattle.org for additional information. In addition, participants who are returning for an additional summer receive a $750 discount.

    FINANCIAL AID DEADLINE December 4

    Click here for the application

     

    Training

    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 participants with the critical thinking, communication skills, and technical knowledge they need to make a meaningful impact across cultures while staying healthy and safe. The Seattle Chapter AMIGOS training is youth-led, experiential learning that prepares participants for their AMIGOS experience, builds a community of youth and families with shared values, and develops life-skills to help participants succeed beyond AMIGOS. Training sessions are facilitated by the Training Team and  Seattle Chapter Board of Directors.

    SERVICE LEARNING

    The Seattle Chapter incorporates service learning into the AMIGOS training to add depth and first-hand experience to the curriculum. Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities.

    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:
    • Chapter training meetings
    • Service learning requirements
    • Four online assessments to determine readiness for the summer

    BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    Molly Abbruzzese
    President
    President@amigos-seattle.org
    Sandra Cohen
    Vice President
    Janet Robinson
    Treasurer
    Treasurer@amigos-seattle.org
    Sara Levy
    Training Director
    Training@amigos-seattle.org
    Erin Branigan
    Secretary and Scholarship Coordinator
    Page Robinson
    Vet Vol Coordinator
    Emily Estep
    Recruiting Coordinator
    Recruitment@amigos-seattle.org
    Alison Parsons
    Paperwork Coordinator
    Paperwork@amigos-seattle.org
    Andres Cubero
    Webmaster
    Karen Bartlett
    Parent Coordinator
    Parent-Coordinator@amigos-seattle.org
    Amanda Shortell
    Fundraising Coordinator
    Fundraising@amigos-seattle.org
    Josh Bowlus
    Vet Vol Representative

     

    Click HERE to learn more about our board of directors

    Seattle Chapter volunteer Josh on his travels to Oaxaca, Mexico!