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.
  1. Click here to start your application.
  2. Complete your application. The application should take about 25-30 minutes to complete, and we encourage you to complete it in one sitting. You may need your parent(s) or guardian(s) to support with the application process.
  3. An AMIGOS representative from the Seattle Chapter will contact you to share more information and set up an interview.



January 24, 2023 is the final application deadline. It is also the financial assistance application deadline. However, financial assistance applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and we encourage you to apply as soon as possible!



Please watch the pre-recorded video below! If you have any questions, kindly contact Lisa Giamberso, Outreach Coordinator, at




Once you complete your application, the Seattle Chapter will reach out to you to schedule your family interview.



If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Lisa Giamberso, via email at


The AMIGOS Seattle Chapter is part of a 13 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!



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


current volunteers

Seattle Chapter volunteers attend Bainbridge High School, Cleveland High School, Garfield High School, Ingraham High School, Sammamish High School, Shorewood High School, Vashon Island High School, and many more!


The family fee to participate in an AMIGOS Summer Program in the Seattle Chapter varies by project. Please see the Fees section to the right to review 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.

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!



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.


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.


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 January 24, 2023. However, we encourage interested applicants to apply as soon as possible while funds are available. Financial assistance applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the deadline. Apply here!

Please contact the Chapter President at for more information.


Non-Refundable Application Fee: $50 (fee waived for financial assistance applicants)

Summer program family fees are offered on a sliding scale based on family income and vary by project length:

  • 3-week projects: $440 – $4,375
  • 4-week projects: $470 – $4,675
  • 6-week projects: $490 – $4,875

If you have any questions, please reach out to the Chapter President at


  • Round trip airfare
  • 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

Learn more about airfare and travel support here.


  • Immunizations and pre-travel medical examinations
  • Passport/Visa fees


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.


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.

  • 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


Our chapter will meet twice per month February-May for a total of 8 meetings. Each month will have one training day and one community event day. Exact dates are TBD but general schedule will be:

  • February: Welcome meeting (whole family), 1st training (just vols)
  • March: Fundraising kick off (whole family), 2nd training (just vols)
  • April: Service day (whole family is invited), 3rd training (just vols)
  • May: 4th training (just vols), Despedida (whole family)


Taylor Martin
Molly Abbruzzese
Vice President
Tom Lucas
Jill Chelimer
Sam Vaux
Parent and Paperwork Coordinator
Lisa Giamberso
Outreach Coordinator
Ed La Cava
Emma Schnee
At-Large and Training Liaison
Jenna Hlavaty
Maija Brandt
Youth Representative to the Board
Debra Brandt