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 or state 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 High School Summer Programs.
READY TO APPLY?
  1. Click here to start your application.
  2. Complete your application.
  3. An AMIGOS representative from the Seattle Chapter will contact you to set up an interview.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINES

December 6, 2021 is the Financial Assistance Application Deadline.

January 31, 2022 is the Final Application Deadline.

 

INFO SESSIONS

The Seattle Chapter is currently planning their local information sessions. Please contact recruitment@amigos-seattle.org to receive more information. Before attending a local information session, we encourage you to attend one of our HQ led info sessions. Click here to register! Please be sure to attend a Summer Program Info Session.

 

INTERVIEWS

Interviews will be held on a rolling basis. Once you attend an information session and complete your application, a representative from the Seattle Chapter will contact you to schedule your family interview.

 

CONTACT

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact recruitment@amigos-seattle.org.

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 55 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. Learn more about our Summer Programs here!

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

The Seattle Chapter is currently finalizing the Spring 2022 training calendar.

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 cost to participate in an AMIGOS Latin America Summer Program in the Seattle Chapter is $4,375*.

The cost to participate in an AMIGOS Western Colorado Program in the Seattle Chapter is $5,475*.

*Flight costs are not included. Learn more about airfare and travel support here.

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.

FEES INCLUDES

  • 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

FEES DO NOT INCLUDE

  • Immunizations and pre-travel medical examinations
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Roundtrip airfare

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 Financial Assistance Application Deadline is December 6, 2021. The Financial Assistance Application is a separate application available to complete through your dashboard. Shortly after the December 6 deadline, the Seattle Chapter will convene to determine their local Seattle Chapter financial assistance award amounts. Apply here!

Please contact the Chapter Treasurer at treasurer@amigos-seattle.org for more 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.

MEDIA

 VIDEOS

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