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 Programs.
How to apply:

AMIGOS has suspended our in-person programs for Summer 2020. However, we have developed an exciting new virtual program: The Community Impact Project! Through this 6-week initiative, you will connect across cultures, design positive service projects, and support your community during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on the Community Impact Project and how to register, visit our website.

 

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. Buying out of fundraising is an option for all families prior to summer departure if the volunteer does not meet the fundraising minimum, however all families and volunteers are expected to participate in fundraising activities during the winter months. Fundraising activities and resources will be introduced to volunteers during training sessions. Volunteers will receive strategic guidance and support meeting their goals, however the chapter expects that they commit at least an hour to fundraising per week outside of training.

 

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. The Chapter uses CauseVox as it’s fundraising platform, and the campaign can be found through this link.

 

Spring Fundraiser

Each family is expected to donate 1-2 raffle and/or silent auction items to the Spring Fundraiser, invite 10+ family and friends, and to purchase 2 tickets per family. This year’s fundraising event will take place on Thursday April 30th from 6:30pm to 9pm, at Butler located at 40 Water Street, Dumbo, Brookyn, NY. For more information about the event contact president@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. The Financial Assistance Application deadline has passed.

 

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

  • Volunteers 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. The Financial Assistance Application deadline has passed. Please contact info@amigosnyc.org for additional information.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FAQ

  • The Financial Assistance Application deadline has passed.
  • Awards vary.

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 for volunteers
  • Three parent trainings

TRAINING CALENDAR

Meetings are mandatory and take place in Manhattan.

January 26, 2020

Volunteer/Parent Training 1

10:00 AM–3:00 PM

North Star Fund – 520 8th Avenue #1800

February 9, 2020

Volunteer Training 2

1:00 PM–6:00 PM

Riders Alliance – 555 8th Avenue 

March 1, 2020

Volunteer Training 3

10:00 AM–3:00 PM

Riders Alliance – 555 8th Avenue

March 22, 2020

Volunteer Training 4

10:00 AM–3:00 PM

Data Dog – New York Times Bldg, 620 8th Avenue

April 5, 2020

Volunteer Training 5

10:00 AM–3:00 PM

Parent Training 2

10:00 AM–12:00 PM

May 3, 2020

Volunteer Despedida/Parent Training 3

10:00 AM–1:00 PM

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Sophie Pauze
President
president@amigosnyc.org

Martha Wilkinson
Vice President

Clara Ceccanti
Recruitment Coordinator
recruiting@amigosnyc.org

Daniel Coates
Treasurer
treasurer@amigosnyc.org

Brendan McInerney
Communications & Community Engagement

 

Members at Large

Lisa Autz

Peyton Dillehay

Jackie Cunningham

Isabelle Chae

MEDIA

 

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