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 or state 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 Summer Programs.
READY TO APPLY?
  1. Click here to start your application.
  2. Complete your application.
  3. An AMIGOS representative from the Washington, DC Chapter will contact you to set up an interview.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINES

December 6, 2021 is the Financial Assistance Application Deadline.

January 31, 2022 is the Final Application Deadline.

 

INFO SESSIONS

All Washington, DC Chapter information sessions will be held via Zoom. Please register through eventbrite.

  • October 24th: Virtual Info Session (2-3pm eastern)
  • November 7th: Virtual Info Session (2-3pm eastern)
  • November 14th: Virtual Info Session (2-3pm eastern)

Before attending a local information session, we encourage you to attend one of our HQ led info sessions. Click here to register! Please be sure to attend a Summer Program Info Session.

 

INTERVIEWS

Interviews will be held on a rolling basis, and the Washington, DC Chapter will work with you to schedule this at your convenience. An interview is required for acceptance to the chapter.

 

CONTACT

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact recruitment@amigos-dc.org.

ABOUT

The AMIGOS Washington, DC Chapter is part of a 20 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 or Colorado. Our board supports volunteers with fundraising and overall preparation. Learn more about our Summer Programs here!

 

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-Liberty • Woodrow Wilson • Yorktown

FEES & FUNDRAISING

The cost to participate in an AMIGOS Latin America Summer Program in the Washington, DC Chapter is $4,375 plus no more than $700 for airfare.

The cost to participate in an AMIGOS Western Colorado Program in the Washington, DC Chapter is $5,475*.

The Washington, DC Chapter covers AMIGOS program costs through a combination of a Spring letter-writing campaign, restaurant fundraiser, 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.

*Flight costs are not included for the Western Colorado Program. Learn more about airfare and travel support here.

 

LETTER WRITING/DONOR CONTACTS

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.

 

Restaurant Fundraiser

There will be a chapter restaurant fundraiser that all participants will be asked to advertise and attend.

FEES

Non-Refundable Application Fee: $50

Latin America Project Family Fee: $4,375 plus no more than $700 for airfare

Western Colorado Project Family Fee: $5,475*

*Flight costs are not included for the Western Colorado Project. Learn more about airfare and travel support here.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Frank Tetreault, Chapter Treasurer, at treasurer@amigos-dc.org.

 

FEES INCLUDE

  • Roundtrip airfare for Latin American projects
  • 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.

 

CONTACT US

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

AMIGOS actively recruits and supports inclusion of volunteers from diverse backgrounds. AMIGOS provides need-based financial assistance and determines distribution based on family income, number of dependents, and special financial circumstances. The Washington, DC Chapter provides need-based financial assistance to qualified applicants as deductions on the family fee.

 

The Financial Assistance Application Deadline is December 6, 2021. The Financial Assistance Application is a separate application available to complete through your dashboard. Apply here!

 

Please contact the Chapter Treasurer, Frank Tetreault, at treasurer@amigos-dc.org for more information.

TRAINING

The transformative AMIGOS experience starts before leaving home.

With 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 Washington, DC Chapter 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.

 

SERVICE LEARNING

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.

 

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

The Washington, DC Chapter is currently finalizing the Spring 2022 Training Calendar.

LEADERSHIP

Share Your Time and Talent!

The Washington, DC Chapter of AMIGOS is always looking for volunteers! If you are interested in contributing to our chapter either as a board member or as an ad-hoc volunteer, please email president@amigos-dc.org.

Board of Directors

Maya Sterling
President
president@amigos-dc.org
Elizabeth Rugala
Vice President
vp@amigos-dc.org
Frank Tetreault
Treasurer
treasurer@amigos-dc.org
Alayna Tetreault-Rooney
Secretary
Tracie Cook
Fundraising Coordinator
sales@amigos-dc.org
Margaret Trinity
Fundraising Coordinator
fundraising@amigos-dc.org
Heather Lanigan
Fundraising Coordinator
letter-writing@amigos-dc.org
Jillian Winstanley
Fundraising Coordinator
letter-writing@amigos-dc.org
Carynne Jarrell
Alumni Relations Coordinator
alumni@amigos-dc.org
Amy Mortimer
Parent Coordinator
parent-coordinator@amigos-dc.org
Mary Sturgis
Recruiting Coordinator
recruitment@amigos-dc.org
Haley Mooney
Recruiting Coordinator
recruitment@amigos-dc.org
Rachael Cohen
Training Coordinator
training@amigos-dc.org
Lisa Roney
Board Member Emeritus
Milt Roney
Board Member Emeritus