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, 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 Summer Programs.

 

READY TO START YOUR APPLICATION?

  1. Click here to start your application.
  2. Complete your application.
  3. An AMIGOS representative will contact you to set up an interview.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINES

December 9th: Final deadline to join the Kansas City Chapter

April 7th: Final deadline to join an AMIGOS Summer 2020 program through the National Chapter

 

INFO SESSIONS

 

INTERVIEWS

Rolling interviews. Sign up after attending an info session or contact Carol Swezy at recruitment@amigos-kansascity.org (913) 522-8891 to set up an interview.

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 volunteers September through December of the fall prior to each summer experience. During the months of January through June, Kansas City Chapter volunteers 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 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. The Kansas City Chapter participates in a combination of letter writing and the Fiesta event on April 5th. Volunteers must assist with setup, decorating, serving, and clean up on the day of the event as well as selling raffle tickets beforehand

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

Application Fee: $50

Family Fee: $4,250

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

  • Fees can be paid online or by mail.
  • Payment plans are available.

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%. Financial assistance applications are due November 4, 2019.

 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FAQ

  • Applicants must apply by November 4th to be considered for financial assistance
  • To apply for assistance, students should write a letter to the board about why they want to join AMIGOS and submit their parent or guardian’s 1040 tax form. Extra family burdens are always taken into consideration.
  • Decisions made on a rolling basis
  • Awards vary with a maximum of 75% assistance with family fee
  • Late applicants may be eligible for financial assistance on a case-by-case basis if funds are still available.

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 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
THE TIME COMMITMENT FOR TRAINING ACTIVITIES INCLUDES:
  • 35 hours of training on Sunday afternoons
  • Monthly parent training/information sessions
  • One full day spring retreat
  • Service learning requirements
  • Four online assessments to determine readiness for the summer

 

TRAINING CALENDAR

1/12/20 Training #1 1:00–4:00 pm (Holmeswood Baptist Church)

1/26/20 Day Retreat/Training #2 Time TBD, 5 hours in length (William Jewel College Campus)

2/9/20 Training #3 1:00–4:00 pm (Holmeswood Baptist Church)

2/23/20 Training #4 1:00–4:00 pm (Holmeswood Baptist Church)

3/1/20 Training #5 1:00–4:00 pm (Holmeswood Baptist Church)

3/28/20-3/29/20 Overnight retreat/Training #6 Holmeswood Baptist Church). Time TBD.

4/5/20 FIESTA lunch served 11:00am-2:00pm. Volunteers and parents 8:00 am–3:00 pm

4/26/20 Training #7

5/17/20 Make-up/Snow day

5/31/20 Despedida

Parents will attend meetings on Jan 12, Feb 23, April 26

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