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. 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

The AMIGOS Austin Chapter is part of a 25 Chapter Network that recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS volunteers and families in their local community. Volunteers from Austin and surrounding areas train together as a group before leaving for their summer experience in Latin America. Our board supports volunteers with packing, pre-departure immunizations, fundraising, and overall preparation. Due to restrictions related to COVID-19, any new volunteers from the Austin area applying to 2021 programs should apply through the AMIGOS National Chapter.

 

Austin Volunteers Attend:

Akins • Anderson • Austin High • Bowie • The Griffin School • Harmony Science Academy • Headwaters School • KIPP • LC Anderson • Liberal Arts and Science Academy • McCallum • Round Rock • St. Andrew’s Episcopal School • St. Mary’s Hall • The Ann Richards School • The University of Texas at Austin  • Vandergrift • Westwood

FINANCIALS

The cost of supporting an AMIGOS volunteer in Latin America is significant. The Austin Chapter covers AMIGOS program costs through a combination of product sales, donor contacts through letter writing, phone calls, online, and a family fee contribution. 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.

 

LETTER WRITING/DONOR CONTACTS

Each volunteer is also required to send out a combination of letters and emails 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.

 

FIESTA

Volunteers and their families are also required to participate in Fiesta, the chapter’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Volunteers and families will assist in the planning process (such as but not limited to procuring auction items) and are obligated to attend.

 

Additional funding opportunities

All alumni interested in volunteering again with AMIGOS qualify to apply for the Alumni Award. More info here.

FAMILY FEE

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!

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.

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

FEES INCLUDE

  • Round-trip international 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

Click here for more information about our Fees & Funding.

THE PROGRAM FEE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

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

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

AMIGOS actively recruits and supports inclusion of participants from diverse backgrounds. AMIGOS provides needs-based financial assistance with distribution determined by family income, number of dependents and special financial circumstances. We are committed to making this opportunity available to as many as possible. Last year alone, we provided over $25,000 in financial assistance. We encourage any families worried about the financial barrier of the program to complete a financial assistance application. The amount will be awarded to qualified applicants as deductions on the family fee. The Financial Assistance Application deadline has passed. Please contact info@amigos-austin.org for additional information.

Interested families need to bring a copy of 1040 and W-2 form to the interview. An essay is also required and may be emailed to us or bring it along during the interview. Please download the financial aid application for the essay prompt.

TRAINING

The transformative AMIGOS experience starts before leaving home.

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. With over 55 years of experience preparing young people for travel and service abroad, AMIGOS training offers unparalleled global youth leadership development. The Austin Chapter AMIGOS training is youth-led, experiential learning that prepares volunteers for their AMIGOS experience, builds a community of youth and families with shared values, and develops life-skills to help participants succeed beyond AMIGOS. Training sessions are facilitated by the Training Team and Austin Chapter Board of Directors.

 

SERVICE LEARNING

The Austin Chapter incorporates service learning into the AMIGOS training 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.

As part of the chapter’s training curriculum, the volunteers will be divided into groups and each group will work together throughout the spring to brainstorm, plan, and execute a mini-fundraiser, with support from the Training Team. This is direct preparation for them to be able to identify and raise resources in their communities over the summer, as well as hands-on leadership experience for each volunteer.

 

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

Benjamin Brown-Graves
President
President@amigos-austin.org
Joseph Crownover
Vice President
David Sanabria & Bill Cooper
Co-Treasurers
Treasurer@amigos-austin.org
Amber Arellano
Secretary
Shelley Kilday
Recruitment Committee Chair
Bailey McNamara
Recruiting Coordinator
Recruitment@amigos-austin.org
Monica Mitre
Recruitment Committee
Corinne Alford
Training Committee Chair
Kisla Jimenez & Paulina Soenen
Parent Training Co-Coordinators
Parent-coordinator@amigos-austin.org
Mia Cooper, Amber Corder,
& Jannelly Areche

Training Directors
Training@amigos-austin.org
Jennifer Scalora
At-Large
Tori Bloom
Fundraising & Communications Committee

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