HOW TO APPLY

AMIGOS gives you an exciting chance to have an adventure and explore the world outside of a classroom. You will live in a new country and work on sustainable community service projects while living with a host family. These experiences prepare you for your future, improve your Spanish, and build your confidence. You develop leadership skills that will set you apart in college and throughout your career. With AMIGOS, you will learn about the world by living in it. Click here to explore our 2019 Summer Programs.

 

READY TO START YOUR APPLICATION?

1. Click here to start your application. Make sure you are applying to the Salt Lake City Chapter.
2. Complete your application and pay your $50 application fee. If you are applying for financial aid, complete the financial aid section within the application.
3. Complete an interview (details below).

 

Application Deadlines

October 24th: Application Deadline
November 15th: Financial Aid Deadline

 

Info Sessions

Tuesday, September 25th, 7:00p
Marmalade Library

Thursday, October 4th, 7:00p
Anderson-Foothill Library

Monday, October 15th, 7:00p
Millcreek Library

 

Interviews

Wednesday, October 24th, 6:00p
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Thursday, October 25th, 6:00p
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

 

CONTACT

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Recruitment Coordinator, Alex Junge.

ABOUT

The AMIGOS Salt Lake City Chapter is part of a 25 Chapter Network that recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS volunteers and families in their local community. Volunteers from the Salt Lake City area train together as a group before leaving for their summer experience in Latin America. Our board supports volunteers with packing, pre-departure immunizations, fundraising, and overall preparation. Our chapter accepts participants September through December of the fall prior to each summer experience. During the months of November through June, Salt Lake City Chapter participants will take part in local training and fundraising events as they prepare for their AMIGOS experience.

 

Salt Lake City Volunteers Attend:

East High School • Highland • Judge Memorial Catholic • Murray • Rowland Hall • Salt Lake Center for Science Education • Skyline • West High School

FEES & FUNDING

The Salt Lake City Chapter keeps the family fee low through a combination of product sales, donor contacts through letter writing, and a family fee contribution. We chose these activities to maximize our ability to provide the AMIGOS experience to all participants without regard to family financial circumstances. All participants are required to fully take part in each fundraising activity as fundraising skills are an important component of AMIGOS training program and raise awareness of AMIGOS programs in the community.

 

PRODUCT SALES

AMIGOS Salt Lake City participants also raise funds through the sale of grapefruit, poinsettias, and pecans or coffee. This effort primarily takes place in November and December. Participants receive considerable help with regard to sales strategies, and the experience gained in this effort will definitely build important skills!

 

LETTER WRITING/DONOR CONTACTS

Each participant is required to send out 125 letters to friends and family, to request individual tax-deductible donations (the revenue from this effort is pooled). Letters are written by the participant with considerable help provided by the chapter during the process.

Fees

Application Fee: $50

Family Fee: $4,250

Group fundraising participation required

FEES INCLUDE

  • Round-trip international airfare
  • Training materials and workshops
  • Secondary short-term international medical insurance
  • Program excursions
  • Food, lodging, and transportation in Latin America
  • Supplies for community project and extracurricular activities
  • 24-hour On Call Emergency Management System
  • Travel hotline and support

Click here for more information about our Fees & Funding.

FINANCIAL AID

AMIGOS actively recruits and supports inclusion of participants from diverse backgrounds. AMIGOS provides needs-based financial assistance with distribution determined by family income, number of dependents and special financial circumstances. We provide amounts of $500-$1000 to qualified applicants as deductions on the family fee. Financial assistance applications are due on November 15th. Please contact the Salt Lake City Chapter for additional information. In addition, participants who are returning for an additional summer receive a $500 discount.

Financial aid FAQ

  • Applicants must apply by November 15th to be considered for financial aid.
  • Must submit 2 letters of recommendation and a letter explaining “Why I want to be an AMIGO.”
  • Awards vary with a maximum of 85% assistance with family fee.

TRAINING

The transformative AMIGOS experience starts before leaving home.

With 50 years of experience preparing young people for travel and service abroad, AMIGOS training offers unparalleled global youth leadership development. Pre-departure training equips participants with the critical thinking, communication skills, and technical knowledge they need to make a meaningful impact across cultures while staying healthy and safe. The Salt Lake City Chapter AMIGOS training is youth-led, experiential learning that prepares participants for their AMIGOS experience, builds a community of youth and families with shared values, and develops life-skills to help participants succeed beyond AMIGOS. Training sessions are facilitated by the Salt Lake Chapter’s training team and board of directors.

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRAINING PROGRAM INCLUDE:
  • Unparalleled leadership development
  • Cross-cultural awareness and understanding
  • Hands-on training for technical aspects of the program
  • Extensive health and safety training
  • Opportunities to practice Spanish
  • Creating a community of young people with shared values

 

THE TIME COMMITMENT FOR TRAINING ACTIVITIES INCLUDES:
  • 2 two-hour trainings per month
  • One fall and one spring overnight retreat
  • Service projects
  • Four online assessments to determine readiness for the summer

TRAINING CALENDAR

Wednesday, November 7th
6:30-8:00p
Training 1

Wednesday, November 14th
6:30-8:00p
Training 2

Friday, December 7th – Saturday, December 8th
6:00p-12:00p (Overnight)
Retreat 1

Wednesday, December 9th
6:30-8:00p
Training 3

Wednesday, January 9th
6:30-8:00p
Training 4

Wednesday, January 23rd
6:30-8:00p
Training 5

Wednesday, February 6th
6:30-8:00p
Training 6

Wednesday, February 20th
6:30-8:00p
Training 7

Friday, March 8th – Saturday, March 9th
6:00p-12:00p (Overnight)
Retreat 2

Wednesday, March 20th
6:30-8:00p
Training 8

Wednesday, April 3rd
6:30-8:00p
Training 9

Wednesday, April 17th
6:30-8:00p
Training 10

Training Locations will be announced later in the fall. 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Ray Howze
President
amigosslc@gmail.com
Kathy Biele
Secretary & Paperwork Coordinator
amigosslc@gmail.com
Jay Mealy
Treasurer
amigosslc@gmail.com
Alex Junge
Recruitment Coordinator & Training Director
amigosslc@gmail.com

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