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 Summer Programs.
READY TO START YOUR APPLICATION?
- Click here to start your application.
- Complete your application.
- An AMIGOS representative will contact you to set up an interview. Interview dates are November 17 and December 15 from 12:00–4:00 PM.
November 4th: Financial assistance application deadline. $50 application fee waived if application is submitted by this date.
December 9th: Deadline to apply to the Chicago North Chapter
April 7th: Final deadline to apply for Summer 2020 Programs via the National Chapter
Interview dates are November 17 and December 15 from 12:00–4:00 PM.
The AMIGOS Chicago North Chapter is part of a 25 Chapter Network that recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS volunteers and families in their local community. Volunteers from the Northern Chicago 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. Our chapter recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS volunteers and their families. Our chapter accepts volunteers September through December of the fall prior to each summer experience. During the months of January through June, Chicago North Chapter volunteers will take part in local training and fundraising events as they prepare for their AMIGOS experience.
Chicago North VOLUNTEERS ATTEND:
Deerfield • Evanston Township • Glenbrook North • Glenbrook South • Hinsdale Central • Libertyville • Mother McAuley Liberal Arts • New Trier • North Shore Country • Prospect • Stevenson
FEES & FUNDING
The Chicago North Chapter of AMIGOS covers program costs through a combination of family payments and fundraising activities. These include a letter-writing annual fund appeal to friends and family, and a spring fundraiser. 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.
LETTER WRITING/DONOR CONTACTS
Each volunteer is required to send out a combination of letters and emails to friends and family, with a minimum of 125 letters/emails being sent out, 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. The fundraising goal is $3,900.
The Chicago North Chapter will team up with the Chicago Urban Chapter for a joint silent auction. Each volunteer must procure 5–10 auction items and sell 5–10 tickets to the event.
Additional funding opportunities
All alumni interested in volunteering again with AMIGOS qualify to apply for the Alumni Award. More info here.
Application Fee: $50* waived if complete application is submitted by November 4, 2019
Family Fee: $4,250 (payment plan options available)
Group fundraising participation required
- 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.
DUE DATES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS
- Volunteers pay their family fees beginning in December. The fee must be paid by April 15, 2020.
- Fees can be paid online or by mail.
- Payment plans are available.
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. Financial assistance applications are due on November 4th. Please contact the Chicago North Chapter Treasurer for additional information.
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 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 North 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, Chicago North Chapter Board of Directors and guest speakers from the community.
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
January 12: Kickoff Meeting/Letter stuffing
January 25-26: Winter Retreat
February 9: Training Meeting #1
March 1: Training Meeting #2
March 15: Training Meeting #3
April (date TBD): Silent Auction
April 19 or 26: Spanish Retreat
May 3: Backup Training Date
May 17: Final Training Meeting #4
May 29: Despedida
August 15/16 or 22/23: Welcome Home Party
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
More information about the Board and Training Team can be found by clicking on each name.
Silent Auction Chair
Assistant Training Director
Assistant Training Director