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 with a host family 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 Summer Programs!
READY TO APPLY?
  1. Click here to start your application.
  2. Complete your application. The application should take about 25-30 minutes to complete, and we encourage you to complete it in one sitting. You may need your parent(s) or guardian(s) to support with the application process.
  3. An AMIGOS representative from the Houston Chapter will contact you to share more information and set up an interview.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE

January 17, 2023 is the final application deadline. It is also the financial assistance application deadline. However, financial assistance applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and we encourage you to apply as soon as possible!

 

INFORMATION SESSIONS

The Houston Chapter is finalizing its information session schedule. More details will be posted soon! In the meantime, please contact Emma Reagan, Texas Outreach Manager, at ereagan@amigosinternational.org to schedule an informational phone call.

 

INTERVIEWS

The Houston Chapter is finalizing its interview schedule. More details will be posted soon!

 

CONTACT

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Emma Reagan, Texas Outreach Manager, via email at ereagan@amigosinternational.org.

ABOUT

The AMIGOS Houston Chapter is part of a 13 Chapter Network that recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS volunteers and families in their local community. Volunteers from around Houston train together as a group before leaving for their summer experience in Latin America or Colorado. Our board supports volunteers and families with group fundraising, service learning, community building, and overall preparation. Learn more about our Summer Programs here!

 

HISTORY

Since the Houston Chapter’s incorporation in 1965, over 1,800 youth from Houston and its suburbs have volunteered through the chapter path, fundraising and training locally before the summer.

 

CUrrent volunteers

Houston Chapter volunteers attend Awty International, Bellaire, Carnegie Vanguard, Chinquapin Preparatory, Cinco Ranch, Clear Creek, Cristo Rey, Cypress Creek, Cypress Falls, East Early College, Eastwood Academy, Elkins, Elsik, Energized for STEM Academy, Friendswood, Harmony Schools, HSPVA, KIPP Schools, Lamar, Memorial, Debakey Health Professions, Rice University, School of the Woods, Seven Lakes, St. Agnes, St. John’s, St. Thomas, Strake Jesuit, The John Cooper School, Kinkaid, The Village School, Woodlands College Park, Xavier Academy, YES Prep Schools, and many more!

FEES & FUNDING

The family fee to participate in an AMIGOS Summer Program in the Houston Chapter varies by project.* Please see the Fees section to the right to review pricing.

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

 

LETTER WRITING FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

Each volunteer is required to send out 100 letters to family, friends, and other personal contacts 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. Volunteers may opt out of fundraising by paying the full family fee and fundraising goal out of pocket.

 

ADDITIONAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

All alumni interested in volunteering again with AMIGOS qualify to apply for the Alumni Award.

 

HOW CAN I HELP?

Randalls Food Market is in partnership with the Houston Chapter of Amigos de las Americas through its Good Neighbor Program. You can designate the organization by linking our account number (#1447) to your Remarkable Card. To do this, simply ask a cashier how to do it (you may be referred to the Courtesy Booth). It’s fast and easy, and just a one-time effort that will pay continuous dividends to our chapter.

Shopping on Amazon? Use this Amazon Smile link and a portion of each purchase will go back to AMIGOS Houston Chapter!

FEES

Non-Refundable Application Fee: $50

Summer program family fees vary by project length:

  • 3-week projects: $4,375
  • 4-week projects: $4,675
  • 6-week projects: $4,875

*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

The Houston Chapter of AMIGOS is dedicated to supporting the inclusion of students from diverse backgrounds. Each year, about 25% of volunteers receive financial assistance ranging from $500 to $3,800.

We provide need-based financial assistance with distribution determined by family income, number of dependents, and special financial circumstances. Qualified applicants are selected and received assistance as deductions on family fee payments. To apply for financial assistance, indicate yes on your application and be prepared to provide proof of income. Apply here!

The financial assistance application deadline is January 17, 2023. However, we encourage interested applicants to apply as soon as possible while funds are available. Financial assistance applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the deadline.

Please contact the Chapter Treasurer at treasurer@amigos-houston.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 Houston Chapter training is youth-led, experiential learning that prepares volunteers for their experiences, builds a community of youth and families with shared values, and develops life-skills to help students succeed beyond AMIGOS.

 

SERVICE LEARNING

The Houston Chapter incorporates service learning 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

TRAINING CALENDAR

The Houston Chapter is finalizing its training calendar for the 2022-2023 cycle. More details will be posted soon!

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jarrod Ford
President
President@amigos-houston.org
Mike Brombacher
Vice President
Vice-President@amigos-houston.org
Melissa Alvarez
Secretary
Secretary@amigos-houston.org
Ron Vlaskamp
Treasurer
Treasurer@amigos-houston.org
Ann Crowley
Chapter Office
Houston@amigosinternational.org
Emma Reagan
Texas Outreach Manager
Ereagan@amigosinternational.org
Linda Piland
Fundraising Coordinator
Fundraising@amigos-houston.org
Tom Brombacher
Hospitality Coordinator
Anil Kapoor
At Large
April Hearne
At Large
Mary Condron
At Large
Alessandra Ferrajoli
At Large
Brenda Rios
At Large
Cameron Goff
At Large
Kenneth Held
At Large
Martha Lewis
At Large
Sabrina Kesler
At Large

Training Team

Amber Corder
Training Director
Training@amigos-houston.org

TESTIMONIALS