ABOUT

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 Kansas City Chapter recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS participants and their families from the Greater Kansas City Metro area- serving both Kansas City and Missouri. Our chapter accepts participants September through October of the fall prior to each summer experience. During the months of October through June, Kansas City Chapter participants will take part in local training and fundraising events as they prepare for their AMIGOS experience.

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

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Amy Schuman, President                  President@amigos-kansascity.org

Carol Swezy, Recruitment                 Recruitment@amigos-kansascity.org             913-522-8891

Tricia Wilson, Treasurer                Treasurer@amigos-kansascity.org

Katherine Stevenson, Fundraising                fundraising@amigos-kansascity.org

Laura Mombello, Paperwork           Paperwork@amigos-kansascity.org

HOW TO APPLY

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!

 

DEADLINES

December 20, 2017: Extended Application Deadline

 

PRICING

PRICING

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.

 

Family Fee: $4,000 (Payment plans available)

Application Fee: $50 (Non-refundable and not included in the Family Fee.)

Group Fundraising is required

 

FEES INCLUDES

  • Training materials and workshops
  • Round-trip international airfare
  • 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

FEES DO NOT INCLUDE

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

DUE DATES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS

  • Participants pay their family fees beginning December 15, 2017. The fee must be paid by April 15, 2018.
  • Fees can be paid online or by mail. Payment plans are available.

Pricing At-A-Glance

Family Fee: $4,000

Application Fee: $50

*Round-trip international airfare included

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 funds to qualified applicants as deductions on the family fee. Financial assistance applications are due on December 1, 2016. Please contact your Chapter President for additional information. In addition, participants who are returning for an additional summer receive a discount.

FINANCIAL AID DEADLINE DEcember 1

FUNDRAISING

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 fruit sales, 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.

 

CALENDAR

Sunday, January 7, 2-5 pm
Welcome/Orientation
Country Expo
WITH PARENTS

Sunday, January 21, 1-5 pm
Training

Sunday, February 4, 1-5 pm
Training

Sunday, February 25, 1-5 pm
Training
Health and Safety
WITH PARENTS

Sunday, March 4, 1-5 pm
Training

Saturday, March 24 (2pm) – Sunday, March 25 (8am)
Overnight Retreat/Virtual Village

Sunday, April 15, 1-5 pm
Training

Sunday, April 29, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
AMIGOS FIESTA

Sunday, May 6, 1-5 pm
Training
Packing
WITH PARENTS

Sunday, June 3, 3-5 pm
DESPEDIDA Party

Sunday, July TBD
PARENT letter reading party

Sunday, August TBD, 3-5 pm
Welcome Home Party

All meetings held at Holmeswood Baptist Church
9700 Holmes Rd.
unless otherwise indicated

6 hours of community service at the Johnson
County Public Library are required (various
Saturdays)

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