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 New York City 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!

 

APPLICATION DEADLINES

December 3rd: Guaranteed Project Choice

April 9th: Final Application Deadline

 

INFO SESSIONS

Please attend one of our online info sessions. Be sure to watch the Info Session titled “Summer Program.” Once you watch this, please fill out this form and we will contact you with more information.

 

INTERVIEWS

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

 

CONTACT

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact eaucar@amigosinternational.org.

 

 

 

The AMIGOS Boston Chapter recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS participants and their families from Massachusetts. By joining the Boston Chapter, you and your family will be supported by alumni of the program and fellow families in your area preparing for the summer. You will also have the opportunity to fundraise and lower the cost of participation. We hope to hear from you soon!

Training

The transformative AMIGOS experience starts before leaving home.

With 50 years of experience preparing young people for travel and service abroad, AMIGOS training offers unparalleled global youth leadership development.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. The Boston 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 the Boston Chapter Board of Directors. 

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:

February 11, 2018: Meeting 1
March 18, 2018: Meeting 2
April 15, 2018: Meeting 3
May 20, 2018: Despedida

*Summer 2018 Boston Chapter Participants will attend a 4-day Gateway training directly prior to the start of the program. The meetings above will focus on family support, general preparation for AMIGOS, and fundraising. Please reach out if you have any questions!

ABOUT

The AMIGOS Boston Chapter is part of a 25 Chapter Network that supports AMIGOS volunteers and families in their local community. By joining the Boston Chapter, you and your family will be supported by alumni of the program and fellow families in your area preparing for the summer. You will also have the opportunity to fundraise and lower the cost of participation. We hope to hear from you soon!

 

PRICING

The cost to participant in AMIGOS programs with the Boston Chapter is $7,250. The Boston Chapter covers program costs through a combination of family payments and fundraising activities. This approach allows us to keep costs to families low while teaching valuable fundraising and community outreach skills.

 

PROGRAM PRICING

Family Fee: $4,250 (Payment plans available)

Application Fee: $50 (Non-refundable and not included in the Family Fee.)

Fundraising Expectation: $3,000

*Participants may opt to pay the full Program fee of $7,250, but will still be expected to participate in modified fundraising activities

FEE INCLUDES

  • Training materials and workshops
  • Round-trip international airfare
  • 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

FEES DO NOT INCLUDE

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

 

Pricing At-A-glance

Family Fee: $4,250

Application Fee: $50

Fundraising Expectation: $3,000

(payment plan options available)

*Group fundraising participation required

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. We provide amounts of up to 100% to qualified applicants as deductions on the family fee. Financial assistance applications are due on December 1. Please contact the Boston Chapter for additional information. In addition, participants who are returning for an additional summer receive a $365 discount.

FINANCIAL AID DEADLINE December 1

FUNDRAISING

All participants are required to take part in fundraising activities as fundraising skills are an important component of AMIGOS training program and raise awareness of AMIGOS programs in the community. Participants receive considerable help with regard to fundraising strategies, and the experience gained in this effort will build important skills!

 

PRODUCT SALES

AMIGOS Boston participants also raise funds through the sale of citrus fruits. This effort primarily takes place in November and December for the Holiday season. Participants receive considerable help with regard to sales strategies, and the experience gained in this effort will definitely build important skills!

 

LETTER WRITING/DONOR CONTACTS

Each participant is 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.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Steve Kirk
Co-President
President@amigos-boston.org
Emma Israel
Co-President
President@amigos-boston.org
Lori Manz
Immediate Past President
Elissa Spinner
Letter Writing Coordinator
Fundraising@amigos-boston.org
Lawrence Copley
Secretary
Shari Huval
Treasurer
Treasurer@amigos-boston.org
Andrew Manz-Siek
Training Director and Board Training Liaison
Training@amigos-boston.org
Flora Pirquet, MD
Medical Director
Rebecca Joseph
Paperwork Coordinator
Paperwork@amigos-boston.org
Sophia Geffen
Alumni Coordinator
Recruitment Team
Recruitment@amigos-boston.org
Emma Israel
Marketing/Social Media Coordinator
Info@amigos-boston.org
Hans Britsch
Recruitment Support
Open Position
Training Director
Training@amigos-boston.org

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