ABOUT

The Tucson Chapter is now accepting applications for Summer 2018!
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AMIGOS is a leader in international youth development, creating a world in which young people realize their full potential as leaders and global citizens. We provide extraordinary opportunities for youth to design and lead projects in collaboration with US and Latin American peers and partner organizations across the Americas. Our strong partner network, built over 50 years, enables authentic engagements in communities across the region.

The AMIGOS Tucson Chapter recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS participants and their families from the Tucson area. Our chapter accepts participants July through October of the fall prior to each summer experience. During the months of January through May, Tucson Chapter participants will take part in local training and fundraising events as they prepare for their AMIGOS experience.

 

 

Board of Directors

Lucy Weeks
President & Recruitment
president@amigostucson.org
Becky Vance
Vice-President & Recruitment
Laura Mosier & Nate Hattersley
Co-Treasurers
treasurer@amigostucson.org
Harry McDermott
Medical Director
Jim Vance
Adjunct Treasurer
Renee Guerin
Recruitment Coordinator
recruitment@amigostucson.org
Jennifer Minnear
Secretary
Open Position
Events Coordinator
Susan Francis
Parent Coordinator
parent-coordinator@amigostucson.org
Desiree Maultsby & Shawn Mulligan (adjunct)
Letter Writing
fundraising@amigostucson.org
Joel Bacalia
Transportation Coordinator
Laurie Loux
Financial Aid Mentor
Open Position
Audio-Visual Coordinator
Open Position
Equipment Coordinator
Laura Fennema
Paperwork Coordinator
paperwork@amigostucson.org
John D’Andrea
Webmaster
webguy@amigostucson.org 

Training Team

Ariana Garcia
Training Director
training@amigos-tucson.org
Chloe Walczak
Training Liaison

HOW TO APPLY

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 “Pricing” tab above, and, in the lower right section of that page, click to download the Tucson Amigos Chapter Financial Aid Application Form.
4. Along with the online application, the Tucson Chapter requires each applicant to submit two recommendation letters. Click here to download the Recommendation Form.
5. Complete an interview (dates below). You will be notified about your interview time and date after online application is complete.

DEADLINES

December 20, 2018:  Extended Chapter Application Deadline

INTERVIEWS

Applicants will be contacted by the Chapter to schedule an interview. All Tucson Amigos interviews will be held at the Speech and Hearing Sciences building on the U of A main campus at 1131 E 2nd St, 2nd floor. You may also click on this web site’s Calendar tab and then on the date to obtain detailed location information.

 

PRICING

FAMILY FEE $2,997

(payment plan options available)

  • Group fundraising participation required.
  • Group letter writing campaign with individual goal of $3800 (all revenue ultimately pooled as part of group fundraising).

THE PROGRAM FEE INCLUDES:

  • Chapter training materials and workshops
  • Round-Trip International Airfare
  • Secondary short-term international medical insurance
  • Program excursions and trainings
  • Food, lodging, and transportation in Latin America
  • Supplies for community project and extracurricular activities
  • 24-hour emergency support system

THE PROGRAM FEE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Immunizations and pre-travel medical examinations
  • Passport/visa fees

 

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@amigostucson.org for additional information. In addition, participants who are returning for an additional summer receive a $365 discount.

FINANCIAL AID DEADLINE – October 28, 2017

Click here to download the financial aid form.

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

 

FUNDRAISING

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.

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