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 Programs.
How to apply:

AMIGOS has suspended our in-person programs for Summer 2020. However, we have developed an exciting new virtual program: The Community Impact Project! Through this 6-week initiative, you will connect across cultures, design positive service projects, and support your community during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on the Community Impact Project and how to register, visit our website.



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


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.



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!



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.


Application Fee: $50

Family Fee: $4,250

Group fundraising participation required


  • 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.


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. The Financial Assistance Application deadline has passed. 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.


  • The Financial Assistance Application deadline for Summer 2020 has passed.
  • 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.


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.


  • 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


  • 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 begins Spring 2020


Ray Howze
President and Events
Breanna Sanders
Vice President and Fundraising
Jay Mealy
Katie Story
Jennifer Schumaker-Parry
Parent Coordinator
Kathy Biele
Paperwork Coordinator
Aunalisa Arellano
Letter-Writing Coordinator