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 2019 Summer Programs.

 

READY TO START YOUR APPLICATION?

  1. Click here to start your application. Make sure you are applying for the Austin Chapter.
  2. Complete your application and pay your $50 application fee. If you are applying for financial aid, complete the financial aid section within the application.
  3. Attend an Info Session.
  4. Complete an interview!

 

DEADLINES

December 3rd: Final Application Deadline

 

INFO SESSIONS

In-person info session dates and locations will be announced soon! In the meantime, please attend one of our online info sessions. Be sure to watch the Info Session titled “Summer Program” and reach out to recruitment@amigos-austin.org with any questions.

 

INTERVIEWS

Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis. After attending and online info session and completing your application, an Austin Chapter representative will contact you to set up an interview.

 

CONTACT

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

 

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 January through June, 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 • Khabele School • KIPP • LC Anderson • Liberal Arts and Science Academy • McCallum • Round Rock • St. Mary’s Hall • The Ann Richards School • Westwood

FINANCIALS

The cost of supporting an AMIGOS participant 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 participants 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 participant 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 participant with considerable help provided by the chapter during the process.

 

AMPLIFY AUSTIN

This is a 24 hour online giving event that takes place across the city of Austin to allow Austinites to give back to their favorite local charity. Each volunteer must create a fundraising page and help spread the word. In 2017, Amplify Austin raised over $9.8 million dollars for Austin-based charities! The next one is on March 1-2, 2018. Here is a link of our Amplify Austin page: https://amplifyatx.ilivehereigivehere.org/amigosaustin/overview

 

FIESTA – save the date – april 18, 2018

Participants are also required to participate in Fiesta, the chapter’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Volunteers will assist in the planning process and are obligated to attend. This takes place usually in the spring time. For more information and to visit the past 2017 FIESTA, please visit FIESTA page.

 

Additional funding opportunities

All alumni interested in volunteering again with AMIGOS will receive a credit of $500 towards their family fee and qualify to apply for the Alumni Award. More info here. Apply by Nov. 5th!

Do you qualify for financial aid? If so then we highly encourage you to apply for the AMIGOS Young Leaders Award here by November 12th. 

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 AID

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. The amount will be awarded to qualified applicants as deductions on the family fee. Financial assistance applications are due during the interview process which will be held on the first 2 weekends of November. 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 aid application

 

Financial aid deadline:
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 participants 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 participants 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.

 

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
  • Four online assessments to determine readiness for the summer

TRAINING CALENDAR

Austin Chapter Training begins in Spring 2019. More calendar details will be announced soon.

 

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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