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, 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 2020 Summer Programs.

 

READY TO START YOUR APPLICATION?

  1. Click here to start your application.
  2. Complete your application.
  3. An AMIGOS representative will contact you to set up an interview.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINES

November 4th: Financial Assistance Application Deadline

December 9th: Final deadline to apply to the NYC Chapter

 

INFO SESSIONS

Please attend one of our online info sessions. Be sure to watch the Info Session titled “Summer Program.” Once you watch this, please fill out this form and we will contact you with more information.

 

INTERVIEWS

Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis. After attending an online info session and completing your application, an AMIGOS representative will contact you to set up an interview.

 

ABOUT

The AMIGOS New York City Chapter is part of a 25 Chapter Network that recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS volunteers and families in their local community. Volunteers from the Tristate area 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 recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS participants and their families from the Tri-State Area. Our chapter accepts participants September through December of the fall prior to each summer experience. During the months of January through June, New York City Chapter participants will take part in local training and fundraising events as they prepare for their AMIGOS experience.

 

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

The New York City Chapter of Amigos de las Américas is currently looking to fill volunteer board member positions. If you’re looking to join a wonderful organization that is dedicated to provided leadership opportunities to youth in the New York City area please feel free to browse these descriptions and contact president@amigosnyc.org to share your interest or request additional information.

 

NYC Volunteers Attend:

Bard High School Early College • Bayside • Bergen County Academies • Bronx High School of Science • Brooklyn Technical • Convent of the Sacred Heart • Edgemont • Ethical Culture Fieldston • Fairfield Ludlowe • Hackley • Hopkins • Horace Greeley • Hunter College • Millburn • Newark Academy • Talent Unlimited •Tenafly • The Berkeley Carroll School • The Brearley School • The Chapin School • The Dalton School • The Dwight School • The Trinity School • United Nations International School • Valley Stream North • Warren Hills Regional

FUNDRAISING

The New York City Chapter of AMIGOS covers program costs through a combination of family payments and fundraising activities. These include a letter-writing annual fund appeal to friends and family, and a spring fundraiser. We chose these activities to maximize our ability to provide the AMIGOS experience to all volunteers without regard to family financial circumstances. All volunteers 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.

 

LETTER WRITING/DONOR CONTACTS

Each volunteer is required to send out a combination of 100 letters and 100 emails to friends and family, to request individual tax-deductible donations (the revenue from this effort is pooled). Letters are written by the volunteer with considerable help provided by the chapter during the process.

 

Spring Fundraiser

Each family is expected to donate a silent auction item to the Spring Fundraiser and to purchase two (2) tickets.The event format consists of a silent auction featuring approximately 40 items, followed by a live auction of higher valued items masterfully conducted by Jan Nolte, formerly of Christieʼs and parent to an AMIGOS alumna. For more information about the auction contact auction@amigosnyc.org.

 

Additional funding opportunities

All alumni interested in volunteering again with AMIGOS qualify to apply for the Alumni Award. More info here.

We offer financial assistance to qualified applicants on a rolling basis. Apply by November 4th to be considered.

 

Fees

Application Fee: $50

Family Fee: $4,250 (payment plan options available)

Group fundraising participation required

FEES INCLUDE

  • 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.

DUE DATES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS

  • Participants pay their family fees beginning December 15th. The fee must be paid by April 15.
  • Fees can be paid online or by mail.
  • Payment plans are available.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

AMIGOS actively recruits and supports inclusion of volunteers from diverse backgrounds. AMIGOS provides needs-based financial assistance with distribution determined by family income, number of dependents and special financial circumstances. We provide amounts TBA to qualified applicants as deductions on the family fee. Financial assistance applications are due on November 4th. Please contact info@amigosnyc.org for additional information.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FAQ

  • Must apply by November 4th to be eligible to receive financial assistance
  • Awards vary
  • Volunteers must attend an info session prior to the November 4th deadline and submit the financial assistance application by this date.

TRAINING

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 New York City 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 students succeed beyond AMIGOS. Training sessions are facilitated the New York City Chapter Training Director.

 

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:
  • Five Sunday trainings
  • Two overnight retreats
  • Four online assessments to determine readiness for the summer

TRAINING CALENDAR

TBD

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Steven Funk

President

president@amigosnyc.org

 

Clara Ceccanti

Recruitment Coordinator

recruiting@amigosnyc.org

 

Sophie Pauze

Recruitment Chair

 

Daniel Rhyne

Treasurer

treasurer@amigosnyc.org

 

Members at Large

Collin Munn

Alice Wong

Sandra Markovic

 

MEDIA

 

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