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, develop your leadership, improve your Spanish, and build your confidence. You develop 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 you are applying for the Kansas City Chapter
  2. Complete your application and pay your $50 application fee. If you are applying for financial aid, complete the financial aid section within the application.
  3. Attend an Info Session.
  4. Complete an interview!

 

APPLICATION DEADLINES

December 3rd: Final Deadline

 

Info Sessions

December 2nd,  4:00p
Holmeswood Baptist Church
9700 Holmes Rd, Kansas City, MO

 

INTERVIEW DAYS

We will conduct interviews on a rolling basis.

Once you apply, we will be in touch to arrange an in-person interview.

 

CONTACT

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact:
Carol Swezy
recruitment@amigos-kansascity.org
913-522-8891

ABOUT

The AMIGOS Kansas 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 Greater Kansas City Metro 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 June, Kansas City Chapter participants will take part in local training and fundraising events as they prepare for their AMIGOS experience.

 

Kansas City Volunteers Attend:

Bishop Miege • Blue Valley • Blue Valley North • Colorado College • Cornell College • Lincoln College Prep • Pembroke • Rockhurst • Shawnee Mission East • Shawnee Mission North • Shawnee Mission South • St. Theresa’s Academy • The Barstow School

FEES & FUNDING

The Kansas City Chapter covers AMIGOS program costs through a combination of family payments and fundraising activities. This approach allows us to keep costs to families low while teaching valuable fundraising and community outreach skills. 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. The Kansas City Chapter participates in a combination of letter writing and a Mexican Dinner.

LETTER WRITING/DONOR CONTACTS

Each participant is required to send out a combination of letters and emails to friends, family and supporters 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.

FEES

Application Fee: $50

Family Fee: $4,250

  • Alumni receive an additional $500 discount

Fundraising Goal: $2,500

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 15, 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 need-based financial assistance with distribution determined by family income, number of dependents and special financial circumstances. We provide funds to qualified applicants as deductions on the family fee, with a maximum assistance of 75%. Financial assistance applications are due November 10, 2018. Decision will be made on a rolling basis by November 28, 2018.

 

FINANCIAL Aid FAQ

  • Applicants must apply by November 10th to be considered for financial aid
  • Decisions made on a rolling basis by November 28th
  • Awards vary with a maximum of 75% 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 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 Kansas City 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 Team and include guest speakers from the community and the Kansas City Chapter Board of Directors..

SERVICE LEARNING

The Kansas City 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 will self identify and propose a “community based initiative” or CBI to serve the local area. Projects have ranged from tutoring, establishing a dance camp, setting up a blood drive, clean-up events or a special event held for a children’s home. Participants are able to learn the challenges of setting up a CBI while giving back to the local community.

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:
  • 35 hours of training on Sunday afternoons, beginning January 7, 2018
  • Monthly parent training/information sessions
  • One full day spring retreat
  • Service learning requirements
  • Four online assessments to determine readiness for the summer

 

TRAINING CALENDAR

Sunday, January 13th
1:00-4:00p
Parents & Volunteers

Sunday, January 27th
1:00-4:00p
Volunteers

Sunday, February 10th
1:00-4:00p
Volunteers

Sunday, February 24
1:00-4:00p
Parents & Volunteers

Sunday, March 24th
1:00-4:00p
Volunteers

Saturday, April 6th-Sunday April 7th
4:00p-8:00a
Overnight Retreat
TBA

Sunday, April 28th
8:00a-3:00p
Fiesta
Parents & Volunteers

Sunday, May 5th
1:00-4:00p
Parents & Volunteers

Sunday, May 19th
1:00-4:00p
Make up day

Sunday, June 2nd
TBA
Despedida Party

All training sessions will be held at:
Holmeswood Baptist Church
9700 Holmes Rd Kansas City, MO

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kent Erickson
President
President@amigos-kansascity.org
Tricia Wilson
Treasurer
Treasurer@amigos-kansascity.org
Carol Swezy
Recruitment Coordinator
Recruitment@amigos-kansascity.org
913-522-8891
Laura Mombello
Paperwork Coordinator
paperwork@amigos-kansascity.org
Katherine Stevenson
Fundraising Coordinator
fundraising@amigos-kansascity.org