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, develop your leadership, improve your Spanish, and build your confidence. You develop 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 2019 Summer Programs.
READY TO START YOUR APPLICATION?
- Click here to start your application. Make sure you are applying for the Washington, DC Chapter.
- Complete your application and pay your $50 application fee. If you are applying for financial aid, complete the financial aid section within the application.
- Attend an Info Session.
- Complete an interview!
December 3rd*: Final Application Deadline (extended through December 31st)
Info Sessions & interview
The DC Chapter has concluded their in-person info sessions. All future info sessions will be conducted online or via phone. Please contact email@example.com if you are interested in scheduling an information session and interview.
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Elizabeth Rugala.
The AMIGOS Washington, DC Chapter is part of a 25 Chapter Network that recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS volunteers and families in their local community. Volunteers from the Washington, DC metropolitan area, including DC, Virginia, and Maryland 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 accepts participants October through November of the fall prior to each summer experience. During the months of December through May, Washington, DC participants will take part in local training and fundraising events as they prepare for their AMIGOS experience.
DC Chapter Volunteers Attend:
Bethesda-Chevy Chase • Duke Ellington School of the Arts • Edmund Burke School • Elizabeth Seton • Georgetown Day School • Glen Elg • HB Woodlawn • John F. Kennedy • Montgomery Blair • Saint John’s College • School Without Walls • Sidwell Friends • Springbrook • St. Stephens St. Agnes • TC Williams • The Field School • Wakefield • Walt Whitman • Washington-Lee • Woodrow Wilson • Yorktown
The Washington, DC Chapter covers AMIGOS program costs through a combination of product sales and a letter-writing campaign and a family fee contribution. We chose these activities to maximize our ability to provide the AMIGOS experience to all participants without regard to family financial circumstances. All participants 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.
The Family Fee to participate in AMIGOS is $4,700, which may be reduced through need-based financial aid. Furthermore, if a participant applies, is interviewed and accepted by the November 17th application deadline and agrees to participate in the November fundraiser, there is a discounted Early Family Fee of $3,900. Participants are also required to take part in three group fundraising activities to cover the remaining costs of the program, but the first only applies to early applicants.
Program cost includes: seven months of training and training supplies in the United States; domestic travel associated with traveling to and from AMIGOS summer program; international airline tickets; in-country training, room and board; in-country transportation; supplemental medical insurance; all in-country project supplies, and other administrative costs associated with the program.
Program cost does not include: the $50 application fee; a physical exam by the participant’s doctor; any required immunizations; any passport fees if the participant does not have a current passport; a mosquito net; 200 postage stamps for letter writing fundraising; or the cost of any incidentals the participant chooses to purchase while in Latin America. Participants are responsible for paying visa or entry fees up to $50.00. If the visa or entry fee exceeds $50.00, the Washington DC Chapter will cover the additional costs. The program cost also excludes any fees for additional training if the participant misses 12 or more hours of Chapter training, as per the Attendance Policy, and all fees connected with a premature return from Latin America.
The Washington DC Chapter Board is committed to keeping program costs as low as possible; however, the entire program cost is ultimately the responsibility of the participant and his or her family.
Every year, AMIGOS DC participants sell citrus fruit, coffee and nuts (provided by the chapter) to their families, friends, parents’ colleagues, and more. These sales are popular, with many previous buyers asking the chapter each year if they can buy some more. Some participants even get asked about the product sales after they come back from their summer with AMIGOS. Participants receive considerable help with regard to sales strategies, and the experience gained in this effort will definitely build important skills!
You may also purchase citrus fruit for donating to a local food bank. Learn more about donating to food banks here.
LETTER WRITING/DONOR CONTACTS
Each participant is required to send out 100 letters 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. Collectively, the DC Chapter typically experiences a very high response rate to these letters.
Additional funding opportunities
All alumni interested in volunteering again with AMIGOS will receive a credit of $500 towards their family fee and qualify to apply for the Alumni Award. More info here. Apply by Nov. 5th!
Do you qualify for financial aid? If so then we highly encourage you to apply for the AMIGOS Young Leaders Award here by November 12th.
Application Fee: $50
Priority Deadline Family Fee: $3,900 (must apply and be accepted by November 17th to qualify)
Family Fee: $4,700 (payment plan options available)
- Group Fundraising:
- Product Sales: Citrus fruit, coffee and nuts (only applicable to early applicants)
- Letter Writing/Donor Contacts: 100 letters to friends and family
- Group fundraising activity 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.
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 need-based financial aid to qualified applicants as deductions on the family fee. Financial assistance applications are due by November 17th. Please contact your Chapter Treasurer for additional information. **Please note, participants who are returning for an additional summer can receive a discount of up to $1,000.**
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 Washington, DC 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 include guests from the community and the Washington, DC Chapter Board of Directors.
The Washington, DC Chapter incorporates service-learning into the AMIGOS training to add depth and first-hand experience to the curriculum. Service‐learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities. As part of one of the overnight retreats, participants will work with a local Washington, DC organization that serves the Latino community in the area.
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:
- One overnight retreat
- Seven Sunday afternoon training sessions
- One day-long service learning retreat
- Online assessments to determine readiness for the summer
Washington, DC Chapter Training begins in Spring 2019. More calendar details will be announced soon.
Share Your Time and Talent!
The Washington, DC Chapter of AMIGOS is always looking for volunteers to join our Chapter Board of Directors. If interested in contributing to our Board, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board of Directors
Product Sales Coordinator
Product Sales Team
Product Sales Team
Letter Writing Coordinator
Letter Writing Coordinator
Summer Communications Coordinator
Board Member Emeritus