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 with a host family 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. The application should take about 25-30 minutes to complete, and we encourage you to complete it in one sitting. You may need your parent(s) or guardian(s) to support with the application process.
  3. An AMIGOS representative from the Chicago Chapter will contact you to share more information and set up an interview.

 

Application deadline

January 17, 2023 is the final application deadline. It is also the financial assistance application deadline. However, financial assistance applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and we encourage you to apply as soon as possible!

 

INFORMATION SESSIONS

The Chicago Chapter is finalizing its information session schedule. More details will be posted soon! In the meantime, please contact Megan Harsh, Outreach Coordinator, at recruitment@amigos-chicago.org to schedule an informational phone call.

 

INTERVIEWS

The Chicago Chapter is finalizing its interview schedule. More details will be posted soon!

 

CONTACT

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Megan Harsh, Outreach Coordinator, via email at recruitment@amigos-chicago.org.

ABOUT

The AMIGOS Chicago Chapter is part of a 13 Chapter Network that recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS volunteers and families in their local community. Volunteers from the Chicago area train together as a group before leaving for their summer experience in Latin America. Our board supports volunteers and families with group fundraising, service learning, community building, and overall preparation. Learn more about our Summer Programs here!

 

HISTORY

During Summer 2021, the Chicago North Chapter and Urban Chicago Chapter merged to form the Chicago Chapter. Since Chicago North’s incorporation in 1973 and Urban Chicago’s incorporation in 2003, over 1,000 youth from Chicago and its suburbs have volunteered through the chapter path, fundraising and training locally before the summer.

 

CURRENT VOLUNTEERS

Chicago Chapter volunteers attend Evanston Township High School, Glenbrook North High School, Glenbrook South High School, Jones College Prep, New Trier High School, Northside College Prep, Walter Payton College Prep, Whitney Young Magnet High School, Von Steuben High School, and many more!

 

 

FEES & FUNDING

The family fee to participate in an AMIGOS Summer Program in the Chicago Chapter varies by project.* Please see the Fees section to the right to review pricing.

The Chicago Chapter covers AMIGOS program costs through a combination of fundraising activities and a family fee contribution. We chose these activities to maximize our ability to provide the AMIGOS experience to all volunteers without regard to family financial circumstances.

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. This effort primarily takes place from February to June. Volunteers receive considerable help with regard to fundraising strategies, and the experience gained in this effort will build important skills!

 

LETTER WRITING/DONOR CONTACTS

Each volunteer 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 volunteer with considerable help provided by the chapter during the process.

To see some of our fundraising efforts from last year, check out our Summer 2022 CauseVox Campaign here.

 

Additional funding opportunities

All alumni interested in volunteering again with AMIGOS qualify to apply for the Alumni Award.

FEES

Non-Refundable Application Fee: $50

Summer program family fees vary by project length:

  • 3-week projects: $4,375
  • 4-week projects: $4,675
  • 6-week projects: $4,875

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

If you have any questions, please reach out to the Chapter Co-Treasurers at treasurer@amigos-chicago.org.

 

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 volunteers from diverse backgrounds. AMIGOS provides need-based financial assistance with distribution determined by family income, number of dependents, and special financial circumstances. We provide amounts of $500–$1,500 to qualified applicants as deductions on the family fee.

The financial assistance application deadline is January 17, 2023. However, we encourage interested applicants to apply as soon as possible while funds are available. Financial assistance applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the deadline.

TRAINING

The transformative AMIGOS experience starts before leaving home.

With over 55 years of experience preparing young people for travel and service abroad, AMIGOS training offers unparalleled global youth leadership development. 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. The Chicago 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 students succeed beyond AMIGOS. Training sessions are facilitated by the Training Team and include guest speakers from the community and the 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

TRAINING CALENDAR

The Chicago Chapter is finalizing its training calendar for the 2022-2023 cycle. More details will be posted soon!

All trainings take place at Haymarket House
800 W Buena Ave
Chicago, IL 60613

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Becca Landor
President
president@amigos-chicago.org
Kelsey Creamer
Vice President
vp@amigos-chicago.org
Denise Nunes and Lauren Antosz
Co-Treasurers
treasurer@amigos-chicago.org
Lilly Ardell
At-Large
spanishlearning@amigos-chicago.org
Emma Green
Service Learning Coordinator
Alanah Fitch
At-Large
Gracie Gramelspacher
At-Large
Metztli Correa
At-Large

Recruitment & Training Team

Megan Harsh
Outreach Coordinator and Training Director
recruitment@amigos-chicago.org
training@amigos-chicago.org

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