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 2020 Summer Programs.

Upcoming Events

Join us this fall for one of our two recruitment events! We will be hosting two Country Expos this month at Seattle University (Pigott Building, Room 204, 901 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122).

  • November 10th from 4-6pm
  • November 24th from 11am-1pm

All are welcome to come meet the board and training team, talk to alumni volunteers, and learn about our 2020 summer programs. If you’re planning to attend one of the expos and are ready to move forward in the application process, please follow this link to sign up for an interview slot. We hope to see you there!

 

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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 volunteers and their families from the Puget Sound area. Our chapter accepts volunteers August through December of the fall/winter prior to each summer experience. During the months of December through June, Seattle Chapter volunteers 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 volunteers, 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 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
THE TIME COMMITMENT FOR TRAINING ACTIVITIES INCLUDES:
  • Five training sessions, usually Sundays from 10:00 to 3:00  (January, February, April, May)
  • Two overnight retreats (January, March)
  • 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
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
Melanie Johnson
Co-Recruitment Coordinator
recruitment@amigos-seattle.org
Madelyn Jacklin
Co-Recruitment Coordinator
recruitment@amigos-seattle.org
Laura Read Bukowski
Parent Coordinator
parent-coordinator@amigos-seattle.org
Jill Chelimer
Secretary
info@amigos-seattle.org
Dr. Edward La Cava
Medical Director
medical-director@amigos-seattle.org
Jen Jenkins
At-Large
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.

Family Fee: $4000 (Financial Assistance and payment plans available.)

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 in December 2019.
  • Fees can be paid online or by mail. Payment plans are available.

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. The priority deadline for financial assistance applications is November 15, 2019, but we will continue to accept and review them on a rolling basis through December 15th. Please contact us at president@amigos-seattle.org for additional information.

 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE DEADLINE NOVEMBER 4

 

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.

CALENDAR

Upcoming Events

Join us this fall for one of our two recruitment events! We will be hosting Country Expos on 11/10 (4-6pm) and 11/24 (11am-1pm) at Seattle University (Pigott Building, Room 204, 901 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122). All are welcome to come meet the board and training team, talk to alumni volunteers, and learn about our 2020 summer programs. If you’re planning to attend one of the expos and are ready to move forward in the application process, please follow this link to sign up for an interview slot. We hope to see you there!

 

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

 

Application Deadlines

11/15/19 – Priority and financial assistance application deadline (apply by November 15th for priority consideration, but note that applications will be received and reviewed on a rolling basis through December 15th)

12/9/19 – Final deadline to apply to the Seattle Chapter

4/7/20 – Final deadline to apply for an AMIGOS program through the National Chapter

 

Training Calendar

1/12/20 – First training

1/25-1/26 – First overnight retreat

2/9 – Second training

2/29-3/1 – Second overnight retreat

4/5 – Third training

4/26 – Fourth training

5/17 – Fifth training

 

 

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