Fund Your Experience

We want everyone passionate about AMIGOS to have access to our program. There are many options for funding your AMIGOS trip, and our staff will work with you to make it happen. Here’s how:

    1. AMIGOS offers financial aid to qualified applicants. If you’re applying to the Gap Program, submit your application by May 15 for Fall semester and September 15 for Spring semester to be eligible for this assistance. If you’re applying to the Summer Program as a National Participant, submit your application by February 15th and indicate on your application that you wish to be considered for financial aid. For Summer Program applicants applying to a chapter, contact your local chapter for information on their financial aid opportunities.
    2. Over 90% of AMIGOS fundraise for a portion of their program fee. We provide participants with fundraising resources and an online fundraising platform so that you will be able to raise money from your network and local community. If you apply through a chapter, you fundraise as a group to offset costs. Click here to learn more about chapters and if you are eligible.
    3. There are numerous grants and scholarships available for global experiences such as AMIGOS, and we have done some research for you:
      1. HSI Grant
      2. USA Gap Year Fairs Scholarship for Gap Program participants – Two awards of $2,000 each. Deadline June 1st.
      3. Go Overseas Scholarships Apply Now!
      4. Gap LIVFund: Learn, Intern & Volunteer in Latin America Two $500 awards given each month
      5. Christianson Grant – Awards of $2,500-10,000, deadlines vary

AMIGOS offers flexible payment plans. If you are unable to pay our program fee at once- that’s OK! We ensure our participants can pay for their experience on their own schedule, as long as the full payment is received by the final payment date.


How will financial aid distribution be determined?

The AMIGOS Headquarters staff will decide distribution based on need demonstrated by the financial aid application and commitment to the program.

How soon will I be notified of my financial aid status?

We will be informing our applicants of their financial aid status no more than two weeks after the application deadline.

I cannot afford to volunteer without financial aid, what if I don’t receive enough (or any) financial aid to fund my summer? Can I get a refund?

We do not currently have a significant amount of financial aid to distribute, thus your participation in our programs should not be dependent on receiving this aid. We highly encourage our participants to fundraise to offset the cost and we provide a comprehensive toolkit with strategies and tips for successful fundraising.

Who do I contact if I have more questions about AMIGOS financial aid?

You may contact your assigned Admissions Officer for more information about the financial aid process and policy.


Keep in mind that AMIGOS is a nonprofit organization, and your program fee funds community development projects in Latin America, leadership training for youth across the Americas, and administrative costs that keep our organization running!


LAUREN HAUSER, Managing Director of Recruitment & Outreach

T: 800-231-7796 ext. 162 | E: [email protected]