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 or state 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 High School Programs.
READY TO APPLY?
  1. Click here to start your application.
  2. Complete your application.
  3. An AMIGOS representative from the Kansas City Chapter will contact you to set up an interview.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINES

December 6, 2021 is the Financial Assistance Application Deadline.

January 31, 2022 is the Final Application Deadline.

 

INFO SESSIONS

The Kansas City Chapter is currently planning their local information sessions. Please contact recruitment@amigos-kansascity.org to receive more information. Before attending a local information session, we encourage you to attend one of our HQ led info sessions. Click here to register! Please be sure to attend a Summer Program Info Session.

 

INTERVIEWS

Interviews will be held on a rolling basis. Once you attend an information session and complete your application, a representative from the Kansas City Chapter will contact you to schedule your family interview.

 

CONTACT

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact recruitment@amigos-kansascity.org.

ABOUT

The AMIGOS Kansas City Chapter is part of a 20 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 or Colorado. Our board supports volunteers with packing, pre-departure immunizations, fundraising, and overall preparation. Learn more about our Summer Programs here!

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 cost to participate in an AMIGOS Latin America Summer Program in the Kansas City Chapter is $4,375*.

The cost to participate in an AMIGOS Western Colorado Program in the Kansas City Chapter is $5,475*.

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 volunteers 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.

*Flight costs are not included. Learn more about airfare and travel support here.

 

LETTER WRITING/DONOR CONTACTS

Each volunteer 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 volunteer with considerable help provided by the chapter during the process.

 

ADDITIONAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

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

FEES

Non-Refundable Application Fee: $50

Latin America Project Family Fee: $4,375*

Western Colorado Project Family Fee: $5,475*

*Flight costs are not included. Learn more about airfare and travel support here.

FEES INCLUDE

  • 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 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%.

The Financial Assistance Application Deadline is December 6, 2021. The Financial Assistance Application is a separate application available to complete through your dashboard. Shortly after the December 6 deadline, the Kansas City Chapter will convene to determine their local Kansas City Chapter financial assistance award amounts. Apply here!

Please contact the Chapter Treasurer at treasurer@amigos-kansascity.org for more information.

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 Kansas City Chapter AMIGOS 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 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. Volunteers 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. Volunteers 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

 

TRAINING CALENDAR

The Kansas City Chapter is currently finalizing the Spring 2022 training calendar.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kent Erickson
President
President@amigos-kansascity.org
913-526-7396
Tricia Wilson
Treasurer
Treasurer@amigos-kansascity.org
Lisa Erickson
Vice President
913-269-5206
Kent Lage
Secretary
Carol Swezy
Recruitment Coordinator
Recruitment@amigos-kansascity.org
913-522-8891
Laura Mombello
Paperwork Coordinator
paperwork@amigos-kansascity.org
913-579-8676
Sheila Dougherty
Co-Fundraising Coordinator
fundraising@amigos-kansascity.org
Nacona Ward
Co-Fundraising Coordinator
fundraising@amigos-kansascity.org
Becca Wing-Moreno
Training Coordinator
training@amigos-kansascity.org
Rachel Swezy
Webmaster
Molly Manske
Service Learning
Kathleen Coode
Member-at-Large, Financial Assistance
Eric Wilson
Member-at-Large, Asst. Treasurer