ABOUT

AMIGOS is a leader in international youth development, creating a world in which young people realize their full potential as leaders and global citizens. We provide extraordinary opportunities for youth to design and lead projects in collaboration with US and Latin American peers and partner organizations across the Americas. Our strong partner network, built over 50 years, enables authentic engagements in communities across the region.

The AMIGOS Boston Chapter recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS participants and their families from Massachusetts. Our chapter accepts participants August through December of the fall prior to each summer experience. During the months of November through June participants will take part in local training and fundraising events as they prepare for their AMIGOS experience.

Summer 2017 is barely over, but we’re already looking forward to Summer 2018! Join us at one of the upcoming info sessions if you want to make next summer the summer of a lifetime!

 

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: Training 1
March 18, 2018: Training 2
April 15, 2018: Training 3
May 20, 2018: Despedida

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

HOW TO APPLY

READY TO START YOUR APPLICATION?

  1. Click here to start your application. Make sure you are applying for the Boston 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

April 15, 2018: Final Application Deadline

 

 

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.

CALENDAR

Training

There are two options for participant training. The training curriculum is best suited for large
groups of participants. Therefore, if the Boston Chapter recruits enough participants, we will offer
training based in Boston over a series of weekends in 2018. If participants do not wish to participate in
Boston training, participants will also have the option of attending a shorter more intensive training in
Houston prior to their summer departure. If the Boston Chapter does not recruit enough participants to
hold training than all participants will attend the Houston based training.

Training dates (if chapter participants attend Houston training instead, these dates will be parent
meetings, fundraising and/or team building activities)

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

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