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. 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 Programs.
How to apply:

We are excited to announce that AMIGOS will be offering in-person projects in Latin America and the United States during Summer 2021! Check out our summer projects here

If you were a volunteer in 2020, we invite you to complete your application here. Once you complete your application, we will connect you directly to your Local Chapter with next steps! All fees, fundraising, and financial assistance from 2020 will carry over to this year, and your price from 2020 is locked in!

If you are a new volunteer who was not signed up for an AMIGOS program in 2020, you will be applying through our National Chapter. Once you complete your application, you will receive an email from our Admissions team outlining next steps! Learn more about the National Chapter here.

ABOUT

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. Due to restrictions related to COVID-19, any new volunteers from the Chicago area applying to 2021 programs should apply through the AMIGOS National Chapter.

 

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.

 

Silent Auction

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.

FEES

If you were signed up for our 2020 Summer Immersion programs, all fees, fundraising, and financial assistance from 2020 will carry over this year, and your price from 2020 is locked in!

If you were not signed up for amigos in 2020, click here to see our 2021 programs!

FEES INCLUDE

  • 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

For any family reapplying from Summer 2020, Family Financial Agreements will need to be to be resigned.

Reach out to your Local Chapter for specifics about your financial agreement this year.

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–$2,750 to qualified applicants as deductions on the family fee. Financial assistance applications have a rolling deadline. Please contact the Chicago North Chapter Treasurer for additional information.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE DEADLINE

The financial assistance deadline has passed.

Awards are in the range of $500 to $2,750. Volunteers and their parents should work to complete the Financial Assistance Application located on their Dashboard. The application requests family financial information, such as last year’s 1040 form, special circumstance, number of dependents, etc. Please contact the Chapter Co-Presidents if you have any questions.

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 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

TRAINING CALENDAR

Predeparture training for 2021 programs will be done through a combination of mandatory online modules and optional webinars. Training will also take place in country upon arrival. Once you apply, we will reach out with more information on the pre-departure training timeline and expectations.

Your Local Chapter may offer additional local opportunities to connect virtually with AMIGOS in your area. If you have questions about this, please reach out to chapters@amigosinternational.org.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

More information about the Board and Training Team can be found by clicking on each name.

Kay Wilson
Co-President
president@amigos-chicagonorth.org
Amanda Holme
Co-President
president@amigos-chicagonorth.org
Doug Graham
Treasurer
treasurer@amigos-chicagonorth.org
Lauren Antosz
Recruitment Coordinator
recruitment@amigos-chicagonorth.org
Caroline Holme
Secretary
secretary@amigos-chicagonorth.org

Tanja Chevalier
Parent Coordinator
parent-coordinator@amigos-chicagonorth.org
Melissa Hogan
Paperwork Coordinator
paperwork@amigos-chicagonorth.org
Tony Diaz
Social Media Coordinator

Training Team

Riley Dow
Training Director
training@amigos-chicagonorth.org
Chapin Low
Training Director
training@amigos-chicagonorth.org

 

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