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 while living 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.

 

READY TO START YOUR APPLICATION?

  1. Click here to start your application.
  2. Complete your application.
  3. An AMIGOS representative will contact you to set up an interview.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINES

November 4th: Financial assistance application deadline

December 1st: Final application deadline for the Austin Chapter

 

INFO SESSIONS

Join one of our in-person info sessions!

Info Session 1:

October 7, 2019 7:00–8:00 PM
Trinity United Methodist Church
4001 Speedway
Austin, TX 78751

Info Session 2:

October 15, 2019 7:00–8:00 PM
Austin Public Library – Spicewood Springs Branch
8637 Spicewood Springs Road
Austin, TX 78759

Country Expo:

October 27, 2019 2:00–3:00 PM
Trinity United Methodist Church
4001 Speedway
Austin, TX 78751

 

INTERVIEWS

Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis in October and early November. After attending an online info session and completing your application, an AMIGOS representative will contact you to set up an interview.

 

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. Our chapter accepts participants September through December of the fall prior to each summer experience. During the months of December through May, Austin Chapter participants will take part in local training and fundraising events as they prepare for their AMIGOS experience.

 

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. This takes place usually in the spring time. For more information and to visit the past 2019 FIESTA, please visit FIESTA page.

 

Additional funding opportunities

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

We encourage you to apply for financial assistance. The deadline to apply is November 4th.

Family fee $4250

Group fundraising participation required

THE PROGRAM FEE INCLUDES:

  • Chapter training materials and workshops
  • Round-Trip International Airfare
  • Secondary short-term international medical insurance
  • Program excursions and trainings
  • Food, lodging, and transportation in Latin America
  • Supplies for community project and extracurricular activities
  • 24-hour emergency support system

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. Financial assistance applications are due on November 4th. 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.

Download Financial Assistance Application

 

Financial Assistance Deadline: November 4th at the time of interview (to be held first 2 weekends in November)

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 50 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

 

THE TIME COMMITMENT FOR TRAINING ACTIVITIES INCLUDES:
  • Training meetings
  • Retreats
  • Service learning requirements

TRAINING CALENDAR

Locations
TUMC – Trinity Church of Austin, 4001 Speedway
North Village Library – 2505 Steck

Dates
12/8/19, 5:00-7:30pm @ TUMC: Training 1
Theme: AMIGOS 101

12/8/19, 5:00-7:30pm @TBD: Parent Training 1

1/11/20 9:00 am to 1/12/20 5:00 pm @TBarM: Training 2 / Overnight Retreat
Theme: Multicultural Understanding

1/11/20, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm @ North Village Library: Parent Training 2

2/21/20 6:00 pm to 2/22/20 2:00 pm @ TUMC: Training 3 / Overnight Retreat
Theme: Health & Safety and Leadership Development

2/22/20, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm @ North Village Library: Parent Training 3

3/27/20 6:00 pm to 3/28/20 2:00 pm @ TUMC: Training 4 / Overnight Retreat
Theme: Community Development

3/28/20, @ TBD: Parent Training 4 (if needed)

4/19/20, 5:00 -7:30pm @ TUMC: Training 5
Theme: Virtual Community

5/17/20, 5:00 – 7:30pm @ TUMC: Training 6
Theme: AMIGOS Olympics/Burning Questions

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Darien Clary
President
President@amigos-austin.org
David Loose
Treasurer
Treasurer@amigos-austin.com
Amber Corder
Recruiting Coordinator
Recruitment@amigos-austin.org
Anne Ellzey
Fiesta Coordinator
anneellzey@gmail.com
Jennifer Scalora
Parent Coordinator/On-Call
Parent-Coordinator@amigos-austin.org
Mike Sullivan
At Large
Agnes Kats
Webmaster
Info@amigos-austin.org
Martha Newman
At Large
Christian Soenen, Corinne Alford, Bailey McNamara
Co-Training Directors
Training@amigos-austin.org
Cameron Goff, David Sanabria, Ruth Mewhinney, Mia Cooper, Amber Corder
Assistant Training Team
Jennifer Langdon
Letterwriting Campaign
Monica Wells
Fiesta Co-Cordinator

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