HOW TO APPLY
How to apply:
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
- 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
|David Sanabria & Bill Cooper
Recruitment Committee Chair
Training Committee Chair
|Kisla Jimenez & Paulina Soenen
Parent Training Co-Coordinators
|Mia Cooper, Amber Corder,
& Jannelly Areche
Fundraising & Communications Committee