ABOUT

The AMIGOS Seattle Chapter is part of a 10 Chapter Network that recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS volunteers and families in their local community. Volunteers from the Puget Sound area train together as a group before leaving for their summer experience in Latin America. Our board supports volunteers and families with group fundraising, service learning, community building, and overall preparation. Learn more about our Summer Programs here!

 

HISTORY

Since its incorporation in 1972, over 900 youth from the greater Seattle area have volunteered through the chapter path, fundraising and training locally before the summer.

 

CURRENT VOLUNTEERS

The Seattle Chapter has welcomed 22 volunteers for the 2023 programming. These young leaders attend Bainbridge High School, Cleveland High School, Garfield High School, Ingraham High School, Sammamish High School, Shorewood High School, Vashon Island High School, and Nathan Hale High School! This group will travel across Costa Rica, Ecuador and Panama this summer. This spring we will train, fundraise and volunteer locally together.

 

Chapter board

The Seattle Chapter Board of Directors has 11 active members who volunteer their time to make AMIGOS possible for more young people from the area. This vibrant group is comprised of alumni, parents of alumni, community members, professionals and all are passionate about achieving the AMIGOS mission.

 

making amigos accessable

The Seattle Chapter is committed to making AMIGOS accessible to families at all income levels. We do this by including the cost of airfare in our family fee and fundraising goals, and we offer financial assistance packages to our volunteers ranging from 10-90% of the out-of-pocket costs. This year we have 30% of our current volunteers receiving chapter financial assistance. We believe that program cost should not be a barrier to participate and chapter financial assistance makes AMIGOS accessible.

HOW TO JOIN

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 with a host family 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 Summer Programs.

 

READY TO APPLY?

The deadline to apply to the local Seattle Chapter of AMIGOS has passed. We are still accepting applications through our National Chapter! You can learn more about the National Chapter here.

 

CONTACT

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact [email protected].

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

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 financial assistance amounts of 10-90% of the program fee to qualified applicants. Program fees will range from $450-5275 based on family income. Financial assistance will cover a portion of program fee and may cover cost of flight as well depending on need.

The Seattle Chapter will waive the $75 application fee for financial assistance applicants. On the application, students should select “Yes” that they intend to apply for financial assistance. Students must select “Yes” to this question in order for the Financial Assistance Application to appear on their dashboard. Then, at the end of the application, they should select, “I request a waiver”.

Please contact the Chapter President at [email protected] for more information.

 

ADDITIONAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

All alumni interested in volunteering again with AMIGOS will receive a credit of $1,000 towards their family fee and qualify to apply for the Alumni Award.

RESOURCES:
CONTACT:
  • Please reach out to the AMIGOS Seattle Treasurer with any questions regarding financial assistance via email at [email protected].

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.

 

TRAINING CALENDAR
DATE  EVENT  ATTENDEES  LOCATION
Saturday, Feb. 3rd  

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Family Welcome Meeting Volunteer, Parents/Guardians, Training Team,  Chapter Board Seattle University 

Oberto Commons

Sunday, Feb. 25th  

4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

1st Training Session  Volunteers, Training Team Seattle University 

Student Center Rm. 210

Sunday, March 3rd  

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Fundraising Kickoff  Volunteers, Parents/Guardians, Chapter Board Seattle University 

Student Center Rm. 210

Sunday, March 10th

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

2nd Training Session  Volunteers, Training Team Seattle University 

Casey Commons

2:00 PM Sat. April 20th – 10:00 AM Sun. April  21st  Chapter Retreat (3rd Training Session) Volunteers, Training Team “The Farm”  

(Private Property)  

15605 NE 144th Place  

Woodinville, WA 98072

Sunday, May 5th  

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

4th Training Session  Volunteers, Training Team Seattle University 

Student Center Rm. 210

TBA  Service Day Option #1 Volunteers, Parents/Guardians, Training Team, Community El Centro de la Raza
Saturday, May 18th 

9:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Service Day Option #2 Volunteers, Parents/Guardians, Training Team, Community Beacon Food Forest
Sunday, May 19th  

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Despedida (Send Off Party) Volunteers,  Parents/Guardians, Chapter Board, Community Luther Burbank Park,  Mercer Island 

Picnic Area A

Saturday, August 24th 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Bienvenida (Welcome Home Party) Volunteers, Parents/Guardians, Chapter Board, Community Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island 

Picnic Area A

 

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
  • Health and safety training
  • Opportunities to practice Spanish
  • Creating a community of young people with shared values

FUNDRAISING

GROUP FUNDRAISING

AMIGOS Seattle provides chapter discounts, offers financial assistance, and covers local program costs through fundraising activities. We chose these activities to maximize our ability to provide the AMIGOS experience to all volunteers without regard to family financial circumstances.

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 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.

While the group needs to raise an average of $3,000 per participant, what each volunteer will be measured by and held accountable to is 100% participation in planned activities. The success of this approach requires the good-faith effort and commitment of each volunteer and family. Families are encouraged to participate, but if requesting to buy out, they can pay the $3,000 out of pocket in addition to the program fee and airfare costs.

To see some of our fundraising efforts from last year, check out our Summer 2023 CauseVox Campaign here.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Bill Tsai
President
[email protected]

Debra Brandt
Vice President and Fundraising Coordinator
[email protected]

Bob Schutt
Treasurer
[email protected]

Rebekah Kissel
Secretary
[email protected]

Alyssa Berg
Training Director
[email protected]

Alex Johnson
Chapter Coordinator and Assistant Training Director
[email protected]

Lucy Severns
At-Large (Outreach)
[email protected]

Molly Abbruzzese
At-Large

Taylor Phillips
At-Large

Lisa Giamberso
At-Large

Edward La Cava
At-Large

Samantha Vaux
At-Large

Share Your Time and Talent!

The Seattle Chapter of AMIGOS is always looking for volunteers, specifically a Chapter President, Vice President, Outreach Coordinator, and Chapter Manager! If you are interested in contributing to our chapter either as a board member or as an ad-hoc volunteer, please email [email protected].