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.


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


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, a letter-writing campaign, and a family fee. We chose these activities to maximize our ability to provide the AMIGOS experience to all volunteers regardless of family financial circumstances. All volunteers are required to fully participate in each fundraising activity, as fundraising skills are an important component of AMIGOS training program and raise awareness of AMIGOS programs in the community.



Every year, AMIGOS DC volunteers sell citrus fruit, coffee, and nuts to their families, friends, and community. They also accept donations to provide citrus fruit to local food banks. These sales are popular, with many previous buyers asking the chapter each year about buying more. Volunteers receive considerable help with sales strategies and the experience gained in this effort will definitely build important skills!



Each volunteer will send out 75 letters to friends and family requesting individual tax-deductible donations for the chapter.  The revenue from this effort is pooled and helps support access to the program for an economically diverse cohort.  Volunteers receive support from the chapter during the process. Collectively, the DC Chapter typically experiences a healthy response rate to these letters.


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!

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.


  • 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.

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AMIGOS actively recruits and supports inclusion of volunteers from diverse backgrounds. AMIGOS provides needs-based financial assistance and determines distribution based on family income, number of dependents and special financial circumstances. We provide need-based financial aid to qualified applicants as deductions on the family fee. Please contact the 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 Washington, DC 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 volunteers 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, volunteers will work with a local Washington, DC organization that serves the Latino community in the area.


  • 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


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


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

Board of Directors

Amy Mortimer
Elizabeth Rugala
Vice President
Alayna Tetreault-Rooney
Frank Tetreault
Krista Flagg
Training Director
Katherine Seevers
Training Director
Elyse Jones
Recruiting Coordinator
Kathryn Gray
Recruiting Team
Linda Winston
Parent Coordinator
Ariel Cadby-Spicer
Parent Coordinator
Michael Rugala
Fundraising Coordinator
Tracie Cook
Fundraising Coordinator
Zach Sorenson
Fundraising Coordinator
Charissa Zehr
Website Coordinator
Heather Lanigan
Board Member At Large
Rose Stangle
Paperwork Coordinator
Milt Roney
Summer Communications Coordinator
Jim Ricca
Medical Consultant
Lisa Roney
Board Member Emeritus
Erin Aucar
Regional Outreach Coordinator
Haley Mooney
Board Member At Large