FEES & FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

AMIGOS program fees include dedicated travel support, comprehensive training, all food and housing, in-country travel and excursions, and access to our 24-hour On-Call Safety Management System. As a nonprofit organization, your fees also support community development projects and leadership training for local youth in communities across Latin America.

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We can counsel you and your family about fundraising and funding opportunities to lower your program fee.

Program Fees

Program OptionLocal ChaptersNational Chapter
Ecuador - Cuenca: Gap Semester (15 weeks)-$13,775
Ecuador - Cuenca: Gap Year (30 weeks)-$24,795
Colorado: Western Slope (3 weeks)$5,475$6,975
Costa Rica: Los Santos (3 weeks)$4,375$5,875
Costa Rica: Montañas y Mar (3 weeks)$4,375$5,875
Costa Rica: Cartago y Caribe (3 weeks)$4,375$5,875
Costa Rica: Olas y Cerros (3 weeks)$4,375$5,875
Costa Rica: La Brunca (3 weeks)$4,375$5,875
Ecuador: La Costa (3 weeks)$4,375$5,875
Ecuador: La Sierra (3 weeks)$4,375$5,875
Ecuador: Santa Elena (6 weeks-$6,875
Nicaragua: Nueva Segovia (3 weeks)$4,375$5,875
Panama: Valle y Veraguas (3 weeks)$4,375$5,875
Panama: Discover AMIGOS (2 weeks)-$3,975

*Flight costs are not included. Learn more about flights and travel here.

For the National Chapter, a program deposit is required to save your spot on a program. This deposit is paid upon notification of an invitation to join us. Deposits can be refunded within 30 days if you chose not to do the program.

Interested in joining a local chapter?

Due to group fundraising, local chapters offer lower program fees. Click below to get more information about chapters and to find one near you.

What do my program fees include?

Before you leave

Your fee includes the costs of all pre-departure training, onboarding, and travel support.

Once you land

All on-site training and orientation, food, lodging and transportation costs, full-time program staff, 24-hour On-Call Safety Team, global travel medical insurance, and program excursions are included.

Post-program

You’ll receive credit for service hours, as well as access to the AMIGOS alumni network, leadership opportunities, and beyond!

What is NOT included in the program fee?

  • International and domestic airfare* (Learn more about travel support and flight cost estimates here.)
  • Airline baggage fees
  • Airline unaccompanied minor fees (applies to volunteers younger than age 15 at the time of travel)
  • Required immunizations and medical examinations
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Personal equipment (i.e. mosquito net, backpack, clothing)
  • Discretionary purchases in Latin America (i.e. souvenirs, food outside of meal plan)
  • College credit – two credits are available for $340 for students who complete the three-week summer program or the gap program. Find out more here!

Is there an application fee?

  • Yes, there is a $50 application fee to finish your Summer Program application. For the National Chapter, a program deposit is then required to save your spot on a Summer Program. For Gap Programs, there is no application fee but a deposit is required and is paid after the interview for gap applicants. Deposits can be refunded if requested within 30 days if you chose not to do the program.

Do you offer payment plans?

AMIGOS offers flexible payment plans. If you are unable to pay the program fee all at once, that’s okay! We make sure our volunteers can pay for their experience on their own schedule, as long as the full payment is received by the final payment date and before travelAll local chapters have a scheduled payment plan for families that will be communicated at the interview or welcome meeting. 

What is your refund policy?

We hope you never change your mind, but we do offer refunds in certain cases.

National Chapter

The deposit is refundable if requested within 30 days of payment. You can be issued a partial refund for payments made after the deposit. If you can’t join us due to documented health concerns, you also can choose to hold over your funds to use the next year. Please contact our Admissions Office at [email protected] for more details.

Local Chapters

Please contact your local chapter to learn more about their refund policies

COVID-19

For information about COVID-19 refund policies, click here.

Why is the chapter fee different?

The chapter fee is different because the local chapter program supports each participant in required group fundraising activities that lower the program fees for local families 

National Chapter volunteers may fundraise as individuals to offset their program fee. AMIGOS staff provide support, tips, and a peer-to-peer donation platform for volunteers to use.

What will I have to pay for with AMIGOS?

We are proud to say that our program fees are close to all-inclusive. They cover: 

  • Supplemental health insurance that covers you outside of the US 
  • Housing 
  • Food 
  • Travel support 
  • Your onboarding 
  • Training and project expenses–both before and during your program! 
  • Transportation costs in-country 
  • Excursions and all excursion costs 
  • Spanish classes (when they are part of the program model) 
  • COVID-19 tests in-country 
  • Full-time in-country program staff 
  • Access to our 24/7 On-Call Safety Team 
  • Credit for service hours after you complete the program 

However, to assist our students and families in planning, we like to share a list of costs families always or frequently accrue in addition to the program fee. Keep in mind a lot of the final costs will depend on your individual situation. Do you need to get multiple vaccines or just one? Are you flying from a major metro area like Houston or from a small, rural airport? Do you already have a valid passport? Do you have a backpack you can use or one you can borrow from your local chapter or a friend who loves to camp? All the replies to these questions, and more, vary from student to student and will impact your final cost.   

Always an additional cost 

  • Domestic and International airfare: learn more about travel support and flight cost estimates here. 
  • COVID-19 PCR test 72 hours before arrival: ranges from $100-$150 on average 
  • Notary fees: some of our forms must be signed in front of a notary who then stamps them. This ranges from $15-$45 depending on where you live, if your state charges by person or by signature, and how many forms you need to complete. A quick Google search can give you a better idea for your situation.  

Frequently an additional cost, depending on your needs and situation 

  • Airline unaccompanied minor fees (applies to volunteers younger than age 15 at the time of travel if AMIGOS does not have a waiver arrange with the airline provider): on average is $300 round trip  
  • Vaccinations and medical examinations: depends on insurance coverage 
  • Passport/visa fees: ranges from $110  to $170 (depends on renewal v. first-time application, if you pay for expedited service, if you need a photo, etc.) 
  • Discretionary purchases in Latin America (i.e. souvenirs, food outside of meal plan): we recommend planning for $100 USD for all additional expenses for every 3 weeks you’ll be gone 
  • Airline baggage fees: depending on your final destination and airline provider, you may have to pay for your checked bag. This ranges from $30-$45 for the first bag.  
  • Additional travel insurance, if your family wants to purchase this: depends on your plan 
  • Personal equipment (i.e. mosquito net, backpack, clothing): on average $200 (backpacks are around $150, mosquito nets range for $15-$25, clothes depend on need) 

 

Can I pay for AMIGOS with a 529 College Savings Plan?

AMIGOS accepts 529 College Savings Plans to pay for your program fee for eligible programs. Our partnership with Western Colorado University allows families to use 529 College Savings Plans to pay for AMIGOS. Students do not have to be enrolled at Western Colorado University (or in college at all) to use a 529 College Savings Plan to pay the program fee. Find out more information here.

How can I earn and pay for college credit?

You can earn two college credits through Western Colorado University if you complete a three-week summer program or our gap program. The fee for each credit is $170 ($340 total for two credits). Find out more information here.

Fundraising Opportunities

Fundraising is a key part of making an AMIGOS experience possible and an opportunity to begin building key skills you will need for success during your time abroad. We offer guided support to help you succeed.

Whether you are fundraising as a group with your local chapter or creating your own individual online fundraising page, we have the resources for you! Please email [email protected].org to be sent a fundraising guide.

How can I fundraise toward my fees?

  • AMIGOS offers a fundraising webinar and an online fundraising platform for students interested in participating in individual fundraising through the National Chapter.
  • In the local chapters, participants fundraise as a group with the support of the chapter. This allows chapter participants to pay a lower fee for participating in AMIGOS summer programs. The AMIGOS chapters believe in student-led fundraising because:
    • Fundraising builds leadership skills that empower youth, and
    • Fundraising lifts the financial burden off of families.

Are donations tax-deductible?

Donations made to local chapter volunteers are tax-deductible since they are participating in group fundraising and all contributions go directly to the chapter. Contributions made to National Chapter volunteers are not tax-deductible per IRS regulations since they are tied to a specific individual and not the organization as a whole.  

Financial Assistance

AMIGOS is committed to making our programs accessible to anyone who wants to join. We offer need-based financial assistance and fundraising opportunities for local chapters and the National Chapter.

All volunteers and their families will be provided ongoing and individualized support by the AMIGOS HQ team and/or their local chapter Board throughout their experience. We recognize that many volunteers require additional support to ensure success in their AMIGOS experience including but not limited to: reaching their target fundraising goals, packing and travel preparation, accessing digital and in-person trainings, and submitting paperwork. Our team is here to help every volunteer succeed.

Whether through a local chapter or the National Chapter, we work closely with every family to understand need before determining financial assistance packages. Financial assistance applications are considered on a rolling basis and funds are available until exhausted.

Depending on your program, these options are available:

 

Gap Program

To apply, submit an application here and note that you are applying for financial assistance. You will need to provide some kind of proof of income (1040, for example). The priority deadline to apply is March 15, 2022. Financial assistance awards are based on the sliding scale below:

Income (in USD)Estimated Fee Range (in USD)
$0–$49,999$3,000–$6,999
$50,000–$99,999$7,000–$10,499
$100,000+$10,500–$12,475

Please reach out to our Admissions Team at [email protected] if you have any questions about financial assistance.

 

Summer Programs

Colorado Centennial Award

AMIGOS is excited to once again offer the Centennial Award for volunteers on the Colorado: Western Slope Summer Program. Multiple scholarships of $500–$1,000 will be awarded this year to volunteers who are passionate about service and conservation. Find out more here!

National Chapter Financial Assistance

The final financial assistance deadline for 2022 programs has passed. Financial assistance for the National Chapter will be distributed via the sliding scale below until all funds are exhausted.

Local Chapter Financial Assistance

In addition to offering a lower family fee, local chapters throughout the United States offer financial assistance packages. Please reach out to your local chapter to discuss your options. If you need help connecting to your local chapter, please reach out to [email protected].

High School Summer Programs Fee Scale

Program PriceIncome (in USD)Estimated Fee Range (in USD)
$5,875$0–$49,999$800–$2,899
$50,000–$99,999$2,900–$4,899
$100,000+$4,900–$5,875
$6,975$0–$49,999$1,000–$2,999
$50,000–$99,999$3,000–$4,999
$100,000+$5,000–$6,975

 

Middle School Summer Programs Fee Scale

Program PriceIncome (in USD)Estimated Fee Range (in USD)
$3,975$0–$49,999$1,000–$2,000
$50,000–$99,999$2,001–$3,000
$100,000+$3,001–$3,975

Please reach out to our Admissions Team at [email protected] if you have any questions about financial assistance.

How do I apply for financial assistance?

In the online application, there is an option for you to state whether or not you’d like to apply for financial assistance.

Local chapters determine their own financial assistance processes, so please reach out to them directly to find out what type of financial assistance package is available to you from your local chapter and how to apply. Find your local chapter here.

For questions about National Chapter financial assistance, please contact our Admissions team directly at [email protected]. 

When do I learn if I received financial assistance?

National Chapter: After the National Chapter Early Decision Summer Program Financial assistance deadline of December 6th, decisions will be shared within 2 weeks to students. The final National Chapter financial assistance deadline is March 15th, 2022 and decisions for students applying by this deadline will be shared out within 2 weeks of it. 

Local Chapter: Financial assistance announcements vary. Please visit your local chapter webpage to learn more. 

Who do I contact if I have questions about financial assistance?

Please contact our Admissions team at [email protected].

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Alumni Awards

Each year, AMIGOS gives out awards to exceptional alumni leaders to participate for a second summer. Awards range from $250- $3,000. Apply for the Alumni Award here! Alumni awards are based on merit and need.

Grants & Travel Award Options

AMIGOS volunteers have received outside funding and grants from numerous organizations. We recommend All People Be HappyGo Overseas Scholarships, and looking into what options are available at your school or educational institution.

Others we recommend:

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