What is a chapter?

AMIGOS is dedicated to making our programs accessible to everyone. We offer two flexible models for pre-departure activities and training: the National Chapter and local chapters.


what is a chapter


The National Chapter is open to students interested in Summer Programs and Gap Programs.

You’ll apply to the National Chapter, complete pre-departure training online, and may fundraise for your trip individually. 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.

Four reasons why joining AMIGOS and the National Chapter is easy and awesome:

Online Training

  • Trainings are mostly pre-recorded with two live Zoom sessions on health and safety and project specifics led by our in-country project staff.
  • Complete training from the comfort of your own home and on your own schedule!
  • This makes the National Chapter a great option for busy people who need flexibility in their schedules.

Fundraising to Support the Cost of Your Project

  • If you opt-in to fundraising (we highly recommend it), anything you raise will go towards your program cost!
  • We have online office hours to support you in starting a fundraiser in your community and staff standing by to help you through the process and help you make your fundraiser more successful and compelling!
  • Check out the success that our 2023 summer volunteers are already having here!
  • There is no requirement to fundraise when you join the National Chapter; it is your choice to do so.

New Projects are Open

  • We have added new projects for 2023 since the local chapter deadline passed
  • We have two new projects in Costa Rica for students with no or basic Spanish, and we have open projects for students with more Spanish experience
  • With these brand-new projects, more spots have opened up. And don’t forget to explore the deeper impact a longer project can have for you and the host community you work alongside.

Your AMIGOS Staff Team is Always Here

  • Our Community Outreach team is here to help you to find the right project for your summer. Project counseling and supporting youth is our passion!
  • Our amazing Admissions team is standing by to help with paperwork, logistics, travel and flight support, medical forms, and even getting college credit for your summer project. They know everything.
  • It’s easy to learn more!

Ready to go this summer?

Apply now to save your spot! It only takes about 30 minutes to hold your spot on a summer project.


what is a chapter


Local chapters are open to students interested in the Summer Program who live in an area near an AMIGOS chapter.

You can join one of 13 local chapters across the United States. You’ll fundraise, train, and receive local support from your chapter throughout the school year. Training generally takes place over several sessions throughout the spring semester. Because of this, the final deadline to apply to a local chapter is earlier than the National Chapter deadline and has passed for summer 2023 projects. Local chapter volunteers usually pay a program fee and work on a group fundraising campaign.

If you are considering a Summer Program and live near a local chapter, we encourage you to apply through them. Local chapters provide fantastic in-person support and represent the diversity and strength of the extended AMIGOS community. Each chapter is run by a volunteer board of directors and is a locally registered AMIGOS organization.

See all programs here!