HOW TO APPLY
READY TO APPLY?
The deadline to apply to the local Washington, DC Chapter of AMIGOS has passed. We are still accepting applications through our National Chapter! You can learn more about the National Chapter here.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact [email protected].
The AMIGOS Washington, DC Chapter is part of a 13 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 and families with group fundraising, service learning, community building, and overall preparation. Learn more about our Summer Programs here!
Since the Washington, DC Chapter’s incorporation in 1993, over 900 youth from the Washington, DC metropolitan area and its suburbs have volunteered through the chapter path, fundraising and training locally before the summer.
Washington, 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, and many more!
FEES & FUNDRAISING
The family fee to participate in an AMIGOS Summer Program in the Washington, DC Chapter varies by project.* Please see the Fees section to the right to review pricing.
The Washington, DC Chapter covers AMIGOS program costs through a combination of a Spring 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.
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.
To see some of our fundraising efforts from last year, check out our Summer 2022 CauseVox Campaign here.
Non-Refundable Application Fee: $50
Summer program family fees vary by project length:
- 3-week projects: $4,375
- 4-week projects: $4,675
- 6-week projects: $4,875
*Flight costs are not included. Learn more about airfare and travel support here.
If you have any questions, please reach out to the Chapter Treasurer at [email protected]
- 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 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 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.
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
Weekend of February 4-5 – First Training Retreat
Farmhouse address: 6535 Hidden Hollow Ln, Warrenton, VA 20187
Tuesday, March 14 – Parents Meeting and Participants Meeting (7-8 p.m. ET VIRTUAL)
Weekend of April 1-2 – Second Training Retreat
Farmhouse address: 6535 Hidden Hollow Ln, Warrenton, VA 20187
Tuesday, May 9 – Parents Meeting and Participants Meeting (7-8 p.m. ET VIRTUAL)
Sunday, May 21 – Send off party! (3-5 p.m. ET)
Sunday, August 27 – Welcome home party! (3-5 p.m. ET)
Additional items may be added – including fundraising deadlines – and will be updated here!
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 [email protected].
Board of Directors
| Samantha Balaban
| Erin Bischoff
| Ariel Cadby Spicer
| Krista Flagg
| Kyle Bancroft
| Adriana Uy