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. 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 Programs.
How to apply:

We are excited to announce that AMIGOS will be offering in-person projects in Latin America and the United States during Summer 2021! Check out our summer projects here

If you were a volunteer in 2020, we invite you to complete your application here. Once you complete your application, we will connect you directly to your Local Chapter with next steps! All fees, fundraising, and financial assistance from 2020 will carry over to this year, and your price from 2020 is locked in!

If you are a new volunteer who was not signed up for an AMIGOS program in 2020, you will be applying through our National Chapter. Once you complete your application, you will receive an email from our Admissions team outlining next steps! Learn more about the National Chapter here.

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. Due to restrictions related to COVID-19, any new volunteers from the Kansas City area applying to 2021 programs should apply through the AMIGOS National Chapter.

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 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.

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.

FEES

If you were signed up for our 2020 Summer Immersion programs, all fees, fundraising, and financial assistance from 2020 will carry over this year, and your price from 2020 is locked in!

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

For any family reapplying from Summer 2020, Family financial agreements will need to be to be resigned. Reach out to your Local Chapter for specifics about your financial agreement this year.

If you were not signed up for amigos in 2020, click here to see our 2021 programs!

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 has passed.

 

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

Predeparture training for 2021 programs will be done through a combination of mandatory online modules and optional webinars. Training will also take place in country upon arrival. Once you apply, we will reach out with more information on the pre-departure training timeline and expectations.

Your Local Chapter may offer additional local opportunities to connect virtually with AMIGOS in your area. If you have questions about this, please reach out to chapters@amigosinternational.org.

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