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, work on sustainable community service projects, and live 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 2019 Summer Programs.

READY TO START YOUR APPLICATION?

  1. Click here to start your application. Make sure you are applying for the Seattle Chapter
  2. Complete your application and pay your $50 application fee. If you are applying for financial assistance, please get a Financial Assistance application from the chapter at an info session or interview.
  3. Attend an Info Session.
  4. Complete an interview!

Upcoming events

We have added one more local event! Join the Seattle Chapter on Sunday, December 2nd at Seattle University for our Country Expo. We will have alumni, board members and lots of information for interested families to learn more about AMIGOS.

Please submit your online application to be considered for the summer 2019 cohort of Seattle Chapter AMIGOS! We will follow up with you regarding next steps.

Please email Madelyn at recruitment@amigos-seattle.org with any questions!

You can view one of our online info session videos here for more information about AMIGOS.

 

DEADLINES

Final Application Deadline: December 3rd, 2018

 

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ABOUT

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 December of the fall/winter 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.

Click here to read testimonials from former AMIGOS Seattle participants, parents, and Spanish teachers.

TRAINING

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 training is youth-led, experiential learning that prepares participants for their experiences, builds a community of youth and families with shared values, and develops life-skills to help participants succeed beyond AMIGOS.

SERVICE LEARNING

The Seattle Chapter incorporates service learning 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:
  • Three training sessions, usually Sundays from 10:00 to 3:00  (Jan, Feb, April)
  • Three overnight retreats (January, March, May)
  • Service learning component
  • Supplemental Spanish activities
  • Four online assessments to determine readiness for the summer

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Molly Abbruzzese
President
president@amigos-seattle.org
Tom Lucas
Treasurer
treasurer@amigos-seattle.org
Lilia Fannin
Fundraising Coordinator
fundraising@amigos-seattle.org
Anna Colando
Training Director and Webmaster
training@amigos-seattle.org
Sam Vaux
Senior Assistant Training Director
recruitment@amigos-seattle.org
Grant Lyons
Paperwork Coordinator
paperwork@amigos-seattle.org
Laura Read
Secretary
info@amigos-seattle.org
Madelyn Jacklin
Recruitment Coordinator and Assistant Training Director
recruitment@amigos-seattle.org
Erin Branigan
Training Advisor
Allegra Abbruzzese
Social Media Coordinator
Dr. Edward La Cava
Medical Director
medical-director@amigos-seattle.org

 

Click HERE to learn more about our board of directors

PRICING

The Seattle 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.

Family Fee: $3,750 (Financial Assistance and payment plans available. Alumni receive a $750 discount.)

Application Fee: $50 (Non-refundable and not included in the Family Fee.)

Group Fundraising is required

 

FEES INCLUDES

  • Training materials and workshops
  • Round-trip international airfare
  • 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

  • Volunteers pay their family fees beginning December 15, 2018. The fee must be paid by May 1, 2019.
  • Fees can be paid online or by mail. Payment plans are available.

FINANCIAL AID

AMIGOS actively recruits and supports inclusion of participants from diverse backgrounds. Last year, 40% of participants received financial aid! AMIGOS provides needs-based financial assistance with distribution determined by family income, number of dependents and special financial circumstances. We provide amounts of 10-90% of the family fee to qualified applicants as deductions on the family fee. Financial assistance applications are due on November 5, 2018. 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 November 5

 

FUNDRAISING

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!   Our group goal is to raise $3000 per participant.

 

LETTER WRITING/DONOR CONTACTS

Each participant is required to send out 100 emails and/or letters to friends and family, 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.

PRODUCT SALES

Seattle Chapter participants also raise funds through the sale of citrus fruits. This effort primarily takes place in November and December for the Holiday season.   Coffee sales are planned for April.

Individual FUNDRAISING

Participants will brainstorm ideas for creative fundraisers within their communities.  Past individual fundraisers have included: rummage sales, bake sales, baby sitting/work-for-donations and fiestas.

Additional funding opportunities

All alumni interested in volunteering again with AMIGOS will receive a credit of $750 towards their family fee and qualify to apply for the Alumni Award. More info here. Apply by Nov. 5th!

Do you qualify for financial aid? If so then we highly encourage you to apply for the AMIGOS Young Leaders Award here by November 12th. 

CALENDAR

Interviews

Please complete your online application and we will reach out to schedule your interview.

 

Upcoming events

We have concluded our in person events for fall 2018. Please submit your online application to be considered for the summer 2019 cohort of Seattle Chapter AMIGOS! We will follow up with you regarding next steps.

Please email Madelyn at recruitment@amigos-seattle.org with any questions!

You can view one of our online info session videos here for more information about AMIGOS.

 

Application Deadlines

November 5, 2018 – Priority Deadline

December 3, 2018 – Final Deadline

April 9, 2019 – Deadline for National Chapter and Discover AMIGOS

 

Training Calendar

A note to volunteers:
For more detailed calendar information, please reference the Participant Intranet. The document listed under “Resources” called “Your AMIGOS Journey 2019” provides a comprehensive timeline of important dates, deadlines, and tasks to accomplish before you depart this summer.

Training 1 – January 6

Retreat 1 – January 26-27

Training 2 – February 10

Retreat 2 – March 2-3

Retreat 3: April 27-28

Training 3 – May 19

Despedida – June 2

 

 

MEDIA

 VIDEOS

Check out Seattle Chapter’s own – Francesca Tiesi – in Costa Rica!

 

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