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 2020 Summer Programs.

 

READY TO START YOUR APPLICATION?

  1. Click here to start your application.
  2. Complete your application.
  3. An AMIGOS representative will contact you to set up an interview.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINES

November 4th: Financial assistance application deadline

December 9th: Deadline to apply to the Salt Lake City Chapter

 

INFO SESSIONS

Join one of our in-person info sessions! Dates, times, and locations below:

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m.: Main Library
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m.: Anderson-Foothill Library
Thursday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m.: Marmalade Library
Monday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m.: Milcreek Library

 

INTERVIEWS

Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis. After attending an online info session and completing your application, an AMIGOS representative will contact you to set up an interview.

 

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 volunteers September through December of the fall prior to each summer experience. During the months of November through June, Salt Lake City Chapter volunteers 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 volunteers without regard to family financial circumstances. All volunteers 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. Volunteers 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 volunteer 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 student 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 volunteers 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 4th. Please contact the Salt Lake City Chapter for additional information. In addition, participants who are returning for an additional summer qualify to apply for the Alumni Award.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FAQ

  • Applicants must apply by November 4th to be considered for financial assistance.
  • 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 volunteers 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 volunteers for their AMIGOS experience, builds a community of youth and families with shared values, and develops life-skills to help students 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

Training begins Spring 2020

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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