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 Ohio 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 Ohio Chapter is currently planning their local information sessions. Please contact recruitment@amigos-ohio.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 Ohio Chapter will contact you to schedule your family interview.

 

CONTACT

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

ABOUT

The AMIGOS Ohio Chapter is part of a 20 Chapter Network that recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS volunteers and families in their local community. Volunteers from the Northeast Ohio 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!

Ohio Volunteers Attend:

Archbishop Hoban • Case Western Reserve • Chippewa • Green • Hawken • Hudson • Kent State • Norton • Solon • St. Vincent-St. Mary • Stow Munroe • Theodore Roosevelt • University of Akron • University of Mount Union

FEES & FUNDING

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

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

The Ohio 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. Volunteers receive considerable help with regard to fundraising strategies, and the experience gained in this effort will build important skills!

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

 

LETTER WRITING/Online Giving Campaign

Each volunteer is required to send out a combination of letters and emails to friends and family as well as local businesses, to request individual tax-deductible donations (the revenue from this effort is pooled). Letters are written by the student with considerable help provided by the chapter during the process. With the support of the chapter, volunteers also set up online giving platforms to collect additional donations through social media.

 

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 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 financial assistance to qualified applicants as deductions on the family fee.

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 Ohio Chapter will convene to determine their local Ohio Chapter financial assistance award amounts. Apply here!

Please contact the Chapter Treasurer at treasurer@amigos-ohio.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 Ohio 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.

 

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 Ohio Chapter is currently finalizing the Spring 2022 training calendar.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Gregg Courtad
Co-president
President@amigos-ohio.org
Melissa Creamer
Co-president
President@amigos-ohio.org
Claudia Brobst
Secretary
Jon Koral
Treasurer
Treasurer@amigos-ohio.org
Liz Erickson
Alumni Coordinator
info@amigos-ohio.org
Angela Lowery
Recruitment and Training
Recruitment@amigos-ohio.org
Barb Hilovsky
Fundraising Coordinator
Rachel Jamison
At Large Board Member
Liz Bray
Assistant Treasurer

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