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 with a host family 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. The application should take about 25-30 minutes to complete, and we encourage you to complete it in one sitting. You may need your parent(s) or guardian(s) to support with the application process.
  3. An AMIGOS representative from the Washington, DC Chapter will contact you to set up an interview.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINES

January 17, 2023 is the final application deadline. It is also the financial assistance application deadline. However, financial assistance applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and we encourage you to apply as soon as possible!

 

INFO SESSIONS

The Washington, DC Chapter will be hosting information session online at 6:30pm on December 8, 2022 and January 5, 2023. More details will be shared soon!

 

INTERVIEWS

Online 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 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!

 

History

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.

 

Current Volunteers

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.

FEES

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 treasurer@amigos-dc.org.

 

FEES INCLUDE

  • 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.

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 January 17, 2023. However, we encourage interested applicants to apply as soon as possible while funds are available. Financial assistance applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the deadline.

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 volunteers are required to participate in two retreats. The retreats will take place February 4-5 and April 1-2. The chapter will also hold another training/fundraising meeting in between these retreats and a Going Away Party.

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

Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons
President
president@amigos-dc.org
Jillian Winstanley
Treasurer
treasurer@amigos-dc.org
Alyson Woolley
Secretary
Rachael Cohen
Recruiting
Carynne Jarrell
Recruiting
Kate Chance
Recruiting
 Samantha Balaban
Admissions
 Erin Bischoff
Admissions
 Ariel Cadby Spicer
Fundraising
 Krista Flagg
Training Director
 Kyle Bancroft
At-Large
 Adriana Uy
At-Large

 

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