ABOUT

THE MINNEAPOLIS/ ST. PAUL CHAPTER IS 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.

AMIGOS is committed to recruiting and supporting inclusion of participants from diverse backgrounds across race, nationality, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, age, gender, and sexual orientation. The AMIGOS Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS participants and their families from the Twin Cities. Our chapter accepts participants August through November of the fall prior to each summer experience. During the months of December through May, Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter participants will take part in local training and fundraising events as they prepare for their AMIGOS experience.

Learn more at one of our upcoming info sessions:

Saturday, October 14, 12-1pm
Edina Library Meeting Room
5280 Grandview Square, Edina, MN 55436

Saturday, October 28, 11:30-1pm
Woodbury Lunds and Byerly’s Meeting Room
7050 Valley Creek Plaza, Woodbury, MN 55125

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 Minneapolis-St. Paul chapter.
2. Complete your application and pay your $50 application fee.
3. Attend one of our info sessions and complete an interview!

 

Interviews

Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis. Contact our Recruitment Coordinator

Interested in sharing this opportunity with others? Contact Rebecca (Recruitment@amigos-msp.org)to set up an informational presentation to learn more about the opportunities AMIGOS provides. Presentations can be completed in half English/half Spanish to create a listening activity in the classroom as well.

PRICING

The Minneapolis-St. Paul 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: $4,250 (Payment plans available)

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

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: $4,250 (payment plans available)

Application Fee: $50

Group fundraising participation required

THE PROGRAM FEE INCLUDES:

  • Chapter training materials and workshops
  • Round-Trip International Airfare
  • Secondary short-term international medical insurance
  • Program excursions and trainings
  • Food, lodging, and transportation in Latin America
  • Supplies for community project and extracurricular activities
  • 24-hour emergency support system

THE PROGRAM FEE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

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

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 Minneapolis/St. Paul 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 a training team mostly made up by previous participants.

SERVICE LEARNING

The Minneapolis/St. Paul 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. The Minneapolis/St. Paul 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. Participants will be expected to complete a required 20 service-learning hours outside of training. Service-learning projects can be a wide range of activities, but must incorporate at minimum 2 of the 3 of the following: working with youth, teaching, and using the Spanish language. We have some contacts around the Twin Cities for approved service-learning locations, but alternative locations are also welcome. We hope that this requirement will enable our participants to give back to our local 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:
  • Some Sunday afternoon trainings
  • 1-3 all day training days, TBA
  • One overnight retreat
  • 1 Service-learning day
  • Four online assessments to determine readiness for the summer

FUNDRAISING

The cost of supporting an AMIGOS participant in Latin America is significant. The Minneapolis/ St. Paul Chapter covers these costs through a combination of letter writing, product sales, 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. 

PRODUCT SALES

AMIGOS Minneapolis/ St. Paul participants also raise funds through the sale of Droolin’ Moose Chocolate. This effort primarily takes place in March and April in preparation for Mother’s Day. 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 required to send out a minimum of 75 letters or emails 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.

LEADERSHIP

Board of Directors

Jackie Olson
President
President@amigos-msp.org
Rebecca Lauer
Recruiting Coordinator
Recruitment@amigos-msp.org
Jane Mertz
Treasurer
Treasurer@amigos-msp.org
Ronda Harrity
At Large Board Member
Zoe Buettner
At Large Board Member
Laurel Hunt
Training Director
Abby Sprunger
At Large Board Member

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