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.

The application to join through the Ohio Chapter has closed, but there is still time to apply through our National Chapter! Click here to learn more about the National Chapter and apply.


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


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.


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.


  • 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.



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 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.


  • 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


All training sessions will take place virtually via Zoom.

February 6th from 1-5pm – Session 1 and Intro to Letter-Writing

March 6th from 1-5pm Session 2

April 3rd from 1-5pm Session 3

May 1st from 1-5pm Session 4


Claudia Brobst
Vice President
Jon Koral
Melissa Creamer
Recruitment and Training Chair
Liz Bray
Assistant Treasurer
Liz Erickson
At Large Board Member
Nadia Gibson
Outreach Coordinator and Training Director
Carleton Whitmore
At Large Board Member
Neecie Hyatt
At Large Board Member