ABOUT

THE PHOENIX CHAPTER IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER 2018

AMIGOS is a leader in international youth development, creating a world in which young people realize their full potential as leaders and global citizens. We provide extraordinary opportunities for youth to design and lead projects in collaboration with US and Latin American peers and partner organizations across the Americas. Our strong partner network, built over 50 years, enables authentic engagements in communities across the region.

The AMIGOS Phoenix Chapter recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS participants and their families from the Phoenix metro area. Our chapter accepts participants September through December of the fall prior to each summer experience. During the months of January through May, Phoenix Chapter participants will take part in local training and fundraising events as they prepare for their AMIGOS experience.

 

 

Board of Directors

Jesus Aponte

President

602-748-9648
President@amigos-phoenix.org

 

Ginna Carico

Vice President/Secretary

502-609-2090

 

 

Katie Hindman

Volunteer Fundraising Liason

503-501-9600

 

Lucinda Hopka

Treasurer

602-698-9800

Treasurer@amigos-phoenix.org

 

Faith Phillips

Recruitment Director

602-689-5763
Recruitment@amigos-phoenix.org

 

Florence McCutcheon

Recruitment Coordinator

602-989-6224

Recruitment@amigos-phoenix.org

 

Cheryl Cobb

Recruitment Assistant

602-616-6092
Recruitment@amigos-phoenix.org

 

Yvonne Ortega

Paperwork Coordinator

602-290-6403

 

Don Hanson

Parent Coordinator

602-809-0557

Parent-Coordinator@amigos-phoenix.org

 

Robert Cobb

Grant Coordinator

623-256-5595

 

HOW TO APPLY

READY TO START YOUR APPLICATION?

1. Click here to start your application. Make sure to select that you are applying for the Phoenix chapter.
2. Complete your application and pay your $50 application fee. If you are applying for financial aid, complete the financial aid section within the application.
3. Complete an interview (details below).

 

DEADLINES

January 5, 2018: Extended Chapter Application Deadline

 

INFO SESSIONs

Sign up for one of our online info sessions to learn more about how you can become an AMIGO!

Check back soon for more information on local info sessions.

 

INTERVIEWS

You must schedule an interview by calling Florence McCutcheon at (602) 989-6224

PRICING

The Phoenix 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.

PROGRAM PRICING

Family Fee: $3,300 (Payment plans available)

Application Fee: $50 (Non-refundable and not included in the Family Fee.)

Group Fundraising participation is required

FEES INCLUDES

  • Training materials and workshops
  • Round-trip international airfare
  • 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

FEES DO NOT INCLUDE

  • Immunizations and pre-travel medical examinations
  • Passport/visa fees

DUE DATES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS

  • Participants pay their family fees beginning December 15, 2017. The fee must be paid by April 15, 2018.
  • Fees can be paid online or by mail. Payment plans are available.

PRicing at-a-glance

Family Fee: $3,300 (payment plans available)

Application Fee: $50

*Includes domestic and international airfare

FINANCIAL AID

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 amounts TBA to qualified applicants as deductions on the family fee. Financial assistance applications are due on TBA. Please contact TBA for additional information. In addition, participants who are returning for an additional summer receive a $365 discount.

Financial aid deadline November 1

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 participants with the critical thinking, communication skills, and technical knowledge they need to make a meaningful impact across cultures while staying healthy and safe. The Phoenix Chapter AMIGOS training is youth-led, experiential learning that prepares participants for their AMIGOS experience, builds a community of youth and families with shared values, and develops life-skills to help participants succeed beyond AMIGOS. Training sessions are facilitated by the Training Director.

SERVICE LEARNING

The Phoenix 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.

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:
  • Nine Sunday afternoon trainings between January and May 2017 (Please see the calendar for details.)
  • Two weekend retreats – tbc
  • Four online assessments to determine readiness for the summer

FUNDRAISING

The Phoenix Chapter covers AMIGOS program costs through a combination of donor contacts through letter writing, yard sales, product sales, other fundraising, and a family fee contribution. We chose these activities to maximize our ability to provide the AMIGOS experience to all participants without regard to family financial circumstances. All participants 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.

YARD SALES

AMIGOS Phoenix participants raise funds through the monthly yard sales. Participants receive considerable help with regard to sales strategies, and the experience gained in this effort will definitely build important skills!

LETTER WRITING/DONOR CONTACTS

Each participant is also required to send out letters to friends and family, to request individual tax-deductible donations (the revenue from this effort is pooled). Letters are written by the participant with considerable help provided by the chapter during the process.

CALENDAR

January 7th, 2018
Training

Jan. 21st – 22nd, 2017
Overnight retreat

February 4th, 2017
Training

February 25th, 2017
Training

March: 11th, 2017
Training

March 25th, 2017
Training

April: 7th – 8th, 2017 (subject to change)
Overnight Retreat

April 22nd, 2017
Training

May: 6th (subject to change)
Party/Parent Meeting

Trainings from 1pm-5pm. Location TBA.

MEDIA