National Chapter

The National Chapter is a part of an extensive international network of professional staff, volunteers, educators, and alumni who support AMIGOS volunteers and their families. More than 4,000 volunteers have participated with AMIGOS through the National Chapter since its inception in 1971.

The National Chapter is a great option if you do not live near a local chapter or have a schedule that conflicts with local, in-person activities. Anyone can join the National Chapter, regardless of where they live.

The National Chapter is open to students interested in our:

You’ll apply to the National Chapter, complete pre-departure training, and may fundraise for your trip individually. National Chapter training is customized for each program and will include online webinars as well as in-person training depending on each program’s requirements.

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Let us help you get ready for your AMIGOS adventure!

Your online application will take approximately 30–40 minutes and includes questions to get to know you better, as well as your choice of project location and country. Start your application here.

Discover AMIGOS and Summer Immersion Programs

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 is the final deadline to apply for Discover AMIGOS Sessions B and C. The deadline to apply for the 4- to 8-week Summer Immersion Program has passed.

The program fee for the Summer Immersion Program through the National Chapter is $6,350.

The program fee for the two-week Discover AMIGOS Program is $3,750.

Application Details: The $50 application fee and $425 deposit are required for your application to be considered fully submitted and ready for your interview! The deposit is refundable if requested within 30 days of payment.

 

Gap Program

Monday, July 1, 2019 is the deadline to apply for a Gap Program starting in fall 2019.

For our Gap Program, the $50 application fee and $425 deposit will be paid after your interview. The fee for a semester-long Gap Program is $13,950 and the full year program is $26,900.

Learn more about the admissions process here.

 

Summer Immersion and Discover Programs

The program fee for AMIGOS Summer Immersion Program through the National Chapter is $6,350.

The program fee for the two-week Discover AMIGOS Program is $3,750.

Gap Program

The fee for a semester-long Gap Program is $13,950 and the full year program is $26,900.

Payment plans and financial aid are available. Learn more here.

What is included in your fee?

Before you leave

Your fee includes your round-trip international airfare and the costs of all pre-departure training, events, and materials provided to prepare you for your program.

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, an individual evaluation of your personal performance and growth, as well as access to the AMIGOS alumni network, opportunities in your local chapter and beyond. You’ll also get some AMIGOS gear and a discount on your next AMIGOS program!

 

Financial Aid & Fundraising

Financial Aid

We provide need-based financial aid on a rolling basis for our Summer Immersion and Gap Programs. To apply, complete your application and indicate that you would like to be considered for financial aid. Be sure to include your family financial information in the section that asks for it. You will be notified within 2 weeks if you have received an award. Summer Immersion Program applicants must pay the $50 application fee and $425 deposit to complete your application. This is refundable if requested within 30 days of payment. If you have questions, please contact Admissions Manager Meghan Ford at mford@amigosinternational.org.

Fundraising

Many volunteers choose to fundraise to offset their program fee. Once you’re accepted into an AMIGOS program, we’ll set you up with an online fundraising platform, give you tips and advice, and apply any donations you receive to your program fee. Volunteers typically raise an average of $2,000.

 

More questions about fees and funding?

Check out this page or email Meghan Ford at mford@amigosinternational.org.

National Chapter training is customized and conducted by our professional staff, depending on each program’s requirements. Check out this blog about National Chapter training!

General Information

As a volunteer through the National Chapter, your training happens in two parts. First, you will go through a pre-departure online training to familiarize yourself with the program. The second part of your training happens either in Houston, Texas or in-country.

Training is a chance to dive into the core values of AMIGOS and our corresponding curriculum. We cover topics ranging from community development, cultural adjustment, and resource mobilization. You’ll get to practice your Spanish, begin to develop your leadership skills, and make new friends from all over the U.S.!

The Project Information Packet (PIP) is released in two parts in the spring and will have specific information about your country, partner organizations, and packing instructions. Your Project Staff Team will also release a pre-recorded webinar going over the PIP and then host a live question and answer session. Further instructions and scheduling of these webinars will be shared in the spring.

Program-Specific Information

Summer Immersion Program

AMIGOS staff will support each volunteer with online training in health and safety, cultural understanding, what to expect in country, packing instructions, and parent-specific information.

Scheduling Note: All National Chapter volunteers on the Summer Immersion Program will have a 4 day in-person intensive training with other National Chapter volunteers immediately before the in-country briefing and program start date. This training will expand your travel dates and change your program start date. Please scroll down to see these additional dates of training per project.

Discover AMIGOS Program

AMIGOS staff will support each volunteer with online training in health and safety, cultural understanding, what to expect in country, packing instructions, and parent-specific information.

For Discover AMIGOS volunteers in the San Francisco Bay Area, there will be an additional optional in-person family training in May to review packing and preparation as well as answer any pre-departure questions. Details will be emailed to all local families.

Gap Program

AMIGOS staff will support each volunteer with online training in health and safety, cultural understanding, what to expect in country, packing instructions, and parent-specific information. In-person training will be begin in country upon arrival and will be ongoing throughout.

 

Training dates and locations for 2019 are:

San Juan, Dominican Republic Session A

June 1–5, 2019 – Dominican Republic

 

Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica Session A

Coclé, Panama

Santa Elena, Ecuador

June 7–11, 2019 – Houston, Texas

 

Azuero, Panama

Chimborazo, Ecuador

June 21–25, 2019 – Houston, Texas

 

Palmares, Costa Rica

San Juan, Dominican Republic Session B

July 5–9, 2019 – Houston, Texas

 

Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica Session B

July 12–16, 2019 – Costa Rica

 

Discover AMIGOS

Training modules are online and are ongoing while you’re abroad.

 

Gap Program

In-country training upon arrival abroad.