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 with a host family and work on sustainable community service projects. 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 Summer Programs.
READY TO APPLY?
  1. Make sure that you’ve reviewed our General Health Criteria and our 2023 immunization requirements.
  2. Click here to start your application.
  3. Complete your application. The application should take about 25-30 minutes to complete, and we encourage you to complete it in one sitting. You may need your parent(s) or guardian(s) to support with the application process.
  4. An AMIGOS representative from the Tucson Chapter will contact you to share more information and set up an interview.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE

November 30, 2022 is the priority deadline and financial assistance application deadline.

January 17, 2023 is the final application deadline.

 

INFORMATION SESSIONS

The Tucson Chapter is hosting a virtual Information Session in November. Please email Lucy Weeks and Twyla Haggerty for more details regarding date and time at recruitment@amigos-tucson.org.

Before attending the virtual information session, make sure that you’ve reviewed our General Health Criteria and our 2023 immunization requirements.

 

INTERVIEWS

The Tucson Chapter will host family interviews on Sunday, December 11, 2022. The Tucson Chapter will contact you after you complete your application to share more information. The chapter is flexible on a case by case basis if applicants are not available that day.

 

CONTACT

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Lucy Weeks and Twyla Haggerty, via email at recruitment@amigostucson.org.

ABOUT

The AMIGOS Tucson Chapter is part of a 13 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 and families with group fundraising, service learning, community building, and overall preparation. Learn more about our Summer Programs here!

 

History

Since the Tucson Chapter’s incorporation in 1999, over 600 youth from Tucson and its suburbs have volunteered through the chapter path, fundraising and training locally before the summer.

 

Current Volunteers

Tucson Chapter 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, and many more!

FEES & FUNDING

The family fee to participate in an AMIGOS Summer Program in the Tucson Chapter varies by project.* Please see the Fees section to the right to review pricing.

The cost of supporting an AMIGOS volunteer 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 volunteers without regard to family financial circumstances.

Full participation in all chapter fundraising activities is required. Amigos de las Américas advocates the concept that fundraising develops skills useful in the field and that group fundraising furthers the goals of, and commitment to, the program. Group fundraising also keeps the Family Fee as low as possible and makes participation in AMIGOS programs more widely accessible. While the group needs to raise an average of $4,200 per participant, what each volunteer will be measured by and held accountable to is 100% participation in planned activities. The success of this approach requires the good-faith effort and commitment of each volunteer and family.

In accordance with IRS tax regulations relating to charitable donations to Amigos as a Section 501(c)(3) charitable organization, no portion of the funds raised by a volunteer as a part of this group fundraising effort may be credited against any volunteer’s Family Fee or be directly attributed to any volunteer.

 

LETTER WRITING/DONOR CONTACTS

Each volunteer is required to send out a combination of 110 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 student with considerable help provided by the chapter during the process. For more information, contact info@amigostucson.org.

To see some of our fundraising efforts from last year, check out our Summer 2022 CauseVox Campaign here.

 

Additional funding opportunities

All alumni interested in volunteering again with AMIGOS qualify to apply for the Alumni Award.

FEES

Non-Refundable Application Fee: $50 (fee waived for financial assistance applicants)

Summer program family fees vary by project length:

  • 3-week projects: $2,997*
  • 4-week projects: $3,297*
  • 6-week projects: $3,497*

*All family fees are contingent upon full fundraising participation. Lack of participation may cause removal from program.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the Chapter Treasurer at treasurer@amigos-tucson.org.

FEES INCLUDE

  • Round trip 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 ASSISTANCE

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 $100-$1,000 to qualified applicants as deductions on the family fee.

The financial assistance application deadline is November 30, 2022. However, we encourage interested applicants to apply as soon as possible while funds are available. Financial assistance is applied equally to the family fee payment schedule.

TRAINING

The transformative AMIGOS experience starts before leaving home.

With over 55 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 Tucson Chapter 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 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.

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

 

TRAINING CALENDAR

The Tucson Chapter is finalizing its training calendar for the 2022-2023 cycle. More details will be posted soon!

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

David Mogollon
HQ Point of Contact/Co-Letter Writing Coordinator
president@amigos-tucson.org
Kim Hauff
Treasurer
treasurer@amigos-tucson.org
Twyla Haggerty
Training and Outreach Liaison
recruitment@amigos-tucson.org
Susy Rotkis
Parent Coordinator
parent-coordinator@amigos-tucson.org
Matt Besich
Webmaster
Ivonne Ramirez
Financial Aid Mentor
Harry McDermott
Medical Director
Isaac Ponce-Alvarez
Equipment Coordinator

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