Requirements & Cost

Basic Requirements to Participate in AMIGOS



Discover AMIGOS Program

Gap Program

US State Department Grant Programs- Youth Ambassadors & American Youth Leaders

  • Be a 9th, 10th or 11th grader in the San Francisco Bay Area or Houston Area.
  • Be between the ages of 15-17 at the start of the program.
  • Be a US citizen.

Additional requirements may apply for specific projects.  See our current projects for more details.


AMIGOS Program Costs

Program fees for all AMIGOS programs are comprehensive and include:

  • Round-trip international airfare
  • Costs of all pre-departure training & materials
In Country
  • On-site training and orientation
  • All food, lodging and transportation costs
  • Full time program staff
  • 24- hour emergency on-call communication systems
  • Global travel medical insurance
  • Program excursions
  • Credit for service hours
  • Individual evaluation of performance and growth
  • Access to the AMIGOS alumni network

The program fee does NOT include:

  • Immunizations and medical examinations
  • Passport/visa fees
  • For participants training through the National Office, round trip airfare to attend pre-departure training (Houston, TX)
  • Airfare change fees for early returns
  • Personal equipment (i.e. mosquito net, backpack, clothing)
  • Discretionary purchases in Latin America (i.e. souvenirs, food outside of meal plan)

Program Fees

Summer Program- High School & College

The program fee for chapter participants varies, please visit your local chapter’s website to see its fee. Group fundraising allows chapter participants to pay a lower family fee for participating in AMIGOS summer programs.

The program fee for participants training through the National Office:

  • $6,275 for all summer projects (except Discover AMIGOS)
  • $6,775 for the 9 week project in Barranquilla, Colombia.  This fee includes registration at Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla.
  • Participants who return for a second summer receive a $500 discount.

Discover AMIGOS Program

  • $3,175 for Discover A (June 21 – July 5) or Discover B (July 12 – July 26)

Gap Program

  • Full Year: $24,900 in Nicaragua; $26,900 in Ecuador
  • Semester: $12,950 in Nicaragua; $13,950 in Ecuador
  • Apply by the early bird deadline (March 15) to receive a $500 discount.
  • AMIGOS summer program alumni also receive a $500 discount per Gap semester!

US State Department Grant Programs – Youth Ambassadors

  • These programs are fully funded for all selected participants.
  • Financial aid is available for immunizations, medical examinations, and passport/visa fees

More information on funding your AMIGOS trip.