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?

  1. Click here to start your application.
  2. Complete your application.
  3. An AMIGOS representative will contact you to set up an interview. Interview dates are November 17 and December 15 at 12:30 or 2 PM.

INFO SESSIONS

November 18 at 7:30pm at the Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Ln, Northbrook, IL 60062

November 21 at 7pm in the Small Meeting Room at the Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091

APPLICATION DEADLINES

December 9th: Deadline to apply to the Chicago North Chapter

April 7th: Final deadline to apply for Summer 2020 Programs via the National Chapter

INTERVIEWS

November 17 at 12:30pm or 2pm at the North Shore Country Day School, 310 Green Bay Rd, Winnetka, IL 60093

December 15 at 12:30pm or 2pm at the North Shore Country Day School, 310 Green Bay Rd, Winnetka, IL 60093

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. 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.

 

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

Application Fee: $50

Family Fee: $4,250 (payment plan options available)

Group fundraising participation required

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

  • Volunteers pay their family fees beginning in December. The fee must be paid by May 15, 2020.
  • Fees can be paid online or by mail.
  • Payment plans are available.

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

Rolling Deadline

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 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

TRAINING CALENDAR

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 19: Spanish Retreat

May 2: Silent Auction

May 17: Final Training Meeting #4

May 29: Despedida

August (Date TBD): Welcome Home Party

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
Jeff Singleton
Silent Auction Chair
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
Doug Graham
Treasurer
treasurer@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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