COVID-19 and the AMIGOS Gap Program

We understand that you may be wondering how the COVID-19 pandemic may impact your gap year plans. As of May 12, 2020 we have made the decision to suspend Fall 2020 Gap Programs in Ecuador and Uruguay. The spring 2021 Gap Program is scheduled to run as planned. We are monitoring the outbreak and will continue to make decisions that put students, families, and communities first. However, we understand that the global situation changes daily and may impact our programming so we want to provide you with information to support in your gap year planning. We have staff and alumni here to help consult with you about your choices!

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Frequently Asked Questions:

If AMIGOS cancels programs, will we get our deposit and/or program fee refunded?

If AMIGOS suspends gap programs, you will have the option to defer to a later program start date or receive a refund. This refund will include all monies paid except the $50 application fee.

If AMIGOS cancels my program and I was fundraising, what will happen to my donations?

Donors who contributed to your fundraising effort may be given the option to convert their donation to be used for the AMIGOS Annual Fund or to have their donation refunded. Additionally, if you opt to defer, you can hold over your donations for your program fee.

What if I decide after enrolling that don’t want to participate in AMIGOS because of the COVID-19 pandemic?

We understand that many factors are considered when you choose AMIGOS, and that circumstances may require you to cancel your participation in AMIGOS. Our $425 program deposit is fully refundable if requested within 30 days of payment. Additionally, partial refunds are available for payments made towards the program fee. The amount of the refund is calculated based on administrative and fixed costs incurred through the date of cancellation. If you are unable to join AMIGOS due to a documented health concern, you can also choose to hold over funds for use in the next program year. The complete finance policy can be found in the Welcome Packet which was sent via email upon acceptance.

If spring 2021 programs run as scheduled and you choose not to participate due to COVID-19, you may defer your program start to fall 2021.

Is AMIGOS exploring other options for programming?

The AMIGOS safety and risk management team, including our Medical Director and on-call physicians, are actively monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and are preparing for the possibility that we might have to alter our programming. We are exploring alternative program options, such as online and U.S.-based programs.

If there are any changes or new program offerings, we will communicate this to enrolled families as soon as that information is available.

What if AMIGOS can’t operate in Uruguay or Ecuador because of COVID-19?

If we are unable to operate in one of our current program locations, students will be offered the option to move their enrollment to a location where we are operating. The core components of our Gap Program (the host family, Spanish language classes, internship and excursions/workshops) are the same in both program locations.

What happens if I am in Latin America and the situation becomes unsafe due to the spread of COVID-19?

AMIGOS reserves the right to suspend or relocate a running project for any reason. In the event that a project must be suspended, we will make every effort to relocate the volunteers to a comparable project. If relocation is not possible, volunteers will return home early. In this case, refunds will be available less any costs incurred up to that point in the program and less any costs required in order for the volunteer to return safely home.

If AMIGOS makes changes to programming, how will that impact our program fee?

If AMIGOS decides to run shorter programs, we will adjust the program fee rate to reflect the pricing of the new shorter program.

If you have questions, please reach out to Liz Morgan at [email protected].