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 to select that you are applying for the Tucson chapter.
2. Complete your application online, Tucson Chapter recommendation forms, and pay your $50 application fee
3. If you are applying for financial assistance: Complete the financial aid section within the online application and the separate Tucson Chapter Financial Aid form. Click the “waive” the application fee box on the online application. Click on the “Fees & Funding” tab above and, in the lower right section of that page, click to download the Tucson Amigos Chapter Financial Aid Application Form.
4. Complete an interview (dates below). You will be notified about your interview time and date after online application is complete.

 

DEADLINES

November 5th: Financial Aid and Priority Deadline

December 3rd:  Final Chapter Deadline

 

INfo SEssions

We have concluded our in person informational meetings. Once you submit your application online we will follow up with you about next steps including signing up for your interview on November 17th.

Please view one of our online info sessions for more information about AMIGOS.

 

INTERVIEWS

Saturday, November 17th
Univ of Arizona Speech and Hearing Sciences Bldg, 1131 E. 2nd Street.
Applicants will be contacted in regards to interview time.

 

Interviews will be individually scheduled for students applying after the Priority Application Deadline.

ABOUT

The AMIGOS Tucson Chapter is part of a 25 Chapter Network that recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS volunteers and families in their local community. Volunteers from the Tucson 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 January through May, Tucson Chapter volunteers will take part in local training and fundraising events as they prepare for their AMIGOS experience.

Tucson Volunteers Attend:

Amphitheater • Basis Tucson North • Canyon del Oro • Catalina Foothills • Cienega • Sabino • Salpointe Catholic • Sonoran Science Academy • St. Gregory College Prep • Tucson High Magnet • University High

FEES & FUNDING

Family fee payments can be made online, with several payment options available. Please contact chapter leadership with any questions you have.

The cost of supporting an AMIGOS participant in Latin America is significant. Tucson Chapter covers these costs through a combination of letter writing, small group fundraisers, 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. Participants receive considerable help with regard to fundraising strategies, and the experience gained in this effort will definitely build important skills!

LETTER WRITING/DONOR CONTACTS

Each participant is required to send out a combination of letters and emails to friends, family, and a limited number of previous donors, 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. For more information, contact info@amigostucson.org.

 

Additional funding opportunities

All alumni interested in volunteering again with AMIGOS will receive a credit of $500 towards their family fee and qualify to apply for the Alumni Award. More info here. Apply by Nov. 5th!

Do you qualify for financial aid? If so then we highly encourage you to apply for the AMIGOS Young Leaders Award here by November 12th. 

FAMILY FEE $2,997

(payment plan options available)

  • Group fundraising participation required.
  • Group letter writing campaign with individual goal of $3900 (all revenue pooled as part of group fundraising).

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.

DUE DATES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS

  • Participants pay their family fees beginning December 2018. The fee must be paid by April 15, 2019.
  • Fees can be paid online or by mail.
  • Payment plans are available.

 

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 $100-$1,000 to qualified applicants as deductions on the family fee. Financial assistance applications are due with the application. Please contact president@amigos-tucson.org for additional information. In addition, participants who are returning for an additional summer receive a $365 discount.

FINANCIAL AID FAQ

  • Must apply by November 5th
  • Click here to download the 2018-2019 Tucson Chapter financial aid form.
  • Click here to download National Office application for the AMIGOS Young Leaders Award 2019.

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 Tucson 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 Training Director, Senior Staff, and a team of volunteer trainers as well as local speakers from the community. 

What does Tucson Chapter training look like?

SERVICE LEARNING

The Tucson Chapter incorporates service learning into the AMIGOS training to add depth and first-hand experience to the curriculum. Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities. Participants are trained on nutrition education through our partners at Tucson Village Farm. They are expected to complete four hours of service in English or Spanish working on the farm, educating youth on the benefits of healthy eating.

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:
  • Three meetings per month (6:45pm-9:00pm) from January to mid-May
  • Three overnight retreats
  • Four hours of service learning
  • Online assessments to determine readiness for the summer

 

TRAINING CALENDAR

Sunday, December 9th
Volunteer & Family Welcome Potluck

 

Trainings will be held 3 Mondays each month from:
Monday, January 7th – May 6th
Highlands Common Building, University of Arizona

 

Weekend Retreats will be held Saturday morning – Sunday at noon on:
January 26th-27th
February 16th-17th
April 13th-14th

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Lucy Weeks
President
president@amigos-tucson.org
Becky Vance
Vice-President (Adjunct)
Ben Anhoury
Treasurer
treasurer@amigos-tucson.org
Harry McDermott
Medical Director
Laura Mosier
Assistant Treasurer
Hannah Ball
Recruitment Coordinator
recruitment@amigostucson.org
Jennifer Minnear
Secretary & Events Coordinator
Susan Francis
Parent Coordinator
parent-coordinator@amigos-tucson.org
Abby Mogollon
Letter Writing Co-Chair
fundraising@amigostucson.org
Ken Sanders
Transportation Coordinator
Laurie Loux
Financial Aid Mentor
Laura Fennema
Paperwork Coordinator
paperwork@amigostucson.org
John D’Andrea
Webmaster
webmaster@amigos-tucson.org 

Training Team

Nicole Parks & Joe Black
Co Training Directors
training@amigos-tucson.org
Jeff Crane
Training Liaison (Adjunct)
jeffreypcrane@gmail.com

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