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. 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:

We are excited to announce that AMIGOS will be offering in-person projects in Latin America and the United States during Summer 2021! Check out our summer projects here

If you were a volunteer in 2020, we invite you to complete your application here. Please note the following application deadlines:

  • Session A: April 15, 2021
  • Session B: May 15, 2021

Once you complete your application, we will connect you directly to your Local Chapter with next steps! All fees, fundraising, and financial assistance from 2020 will carry over to this year, and your price from 2020 is locked in!

If you are a new volunteer who was not signed up for an AMIGOS program in 2020, you will be applying through our National Chapter. Once you complete your application, you will receive an email from our Admissions team outlining next steps! Learn more about the National Chapter here.

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 volunteers and their families from the Puget Sound area. Due to restrictions related to COVID-19, any new volunteers from the Puget Sound area applying to 2021 programs should apply through the AMIGOS National Chapter.

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

TRAINING

With over 55 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 Seattle Chapter training is youth-led, experiential learning that prepares volunteers for their experiences, builds a community of youth and families with shared values, and develops life-skills to help students 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

TRAINING CALENDAR

Predeparture training for 2021 programs will be done through a combination of mandatory online modules and optional webinars. Training will also take place in country upon arrival. Once you apply, we will reach out with more information on the pre-departure training timeline and expectations.

Your Local Chapter may offer additional local opportunities to connect virtually with AMIGOS in your area. If you have questions about this, please reach out to chapters@amigosinternational.org.

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
Emma Schnee
Training Director
training@amigos-seattle.org
Clara Yardley
Assistant Training Director
training@amigos-seattle.org
Samantha Vaux
Senior Training Advisor
Sarah Quinn
Alumni Coordinator
alumni@amigos-seattle.org
Page Robinson
Recruitment Coordinator
recruitment@amigos-seattle.org
Dr. Edward La Cava
Medical Director
medical-director@amigos-seattle.org
Jill Chelimer
Secretary
info@amigos-seattle.org
Laura Read Bukowski
Parent Coordinator
parent-coordinator@amigos-seattle.org
Anna Colando
Webmaster
webmaster@amigos-seattle.org
Alice Johnson
Youth Liason

 

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.

If you were signed up for our 2020 Summer Immersion programs, all fees, fundraising, and financial assistance from 2020 will carry over this year, and your price from 2020 is locked in!

If you were not signed up for amigos in 2020, click here to see our 2021 programs!

 

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

For any family reapplying from Summer 2020, Family Financial Agreements will need to be to be resigned.

Reach out to your Local Chapter for specifics about your financial agreement this year.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

AMIGOS actively recruits and supports inclusion of volunteers from diverse backgrounds. Last year, 40% of volunteers received financial assistance! 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. Please contact us at president@amigos-seattle.org for additional information.

 

FUNDRAISING

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. Volunteers 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 volunteer 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 student with considerable help provided by the chapter during the process.

PRODUCT SALES

Seattle Chapter volunteers 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

Volunteers 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.

MEDIA

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