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 or state 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.
READY TO APPLY?
  1. Click here to start your application.
  2. Complete your application.
  3. An AMIGOS representative from the Austin Chapter will contact you to set up an interview.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINES

December 6, 2021 is the Financial Assistance Application Deadline.

January 31, 2022 is the Final Application Deadline.

 

INFO SESSIONS

The Austin Chapter is currently planning their local information sessions. Please contact recruitment@amigos-austin.org to receive more information. Before attending a local information session, we encourage you to attend one of our HQ led info sessions. Click here to register! Please be sure to attend a Summer Program Info Session.

 

INTERVIEWS

Interviews will be held on a rolling basis. Once you attend an information session and complete your application, a representative from the Austin Chapter will contact you to schedule your family interview.

 

CONTACT

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

 

ABOUT

The AMIGOS Austin Chapter is part of a 20 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 or Colorado. Our board supports volunteers with packing, pre-departure immunizations, fundraising, and overall preparation. Learn more about our Summer Programs here!

 

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 to participate in an AMIGOS Latin America Summer Program in the Austin Chapter is $4,375*.

The cost to participate in an AMIGOS Western Colorado Program in the Austin Chapter is $5,475*.

The cost of supporting an AMIGOS volunteer in Latin America or Colorado 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.

*Flight costs are not included. Learn more about airfare and travel support here.

 

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.

FAMILY FEE

Non-Refundable Application Fee: $50

Latin America Project Family Fee: $4,375*

Western Colorado Project Family Fee: $5,475*

*Flight costs are not included. Learn more about airfare and travel support here.

 

FEES INCLUDE

  • 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.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

AMIGOS actively recruits and supports inclusion of participants from diverse backgrounds. AMIGOS provides need-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. In 2019 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 is December 6, 2021. The Financial Assistance Application is a separate application available to complete through your dashboard. Apply here!

 

Please contact the Chapter Treasurer at treasurer@amigos-austin.org for more information.

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

The Austin Chapter is currently finalizing the Spring 2022 Training Calendar.

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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