ABOUT

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

FUNDRAISING

The cost of supporting an AMIGOS participant in Latin America is significant. Houston Chapter covers these costs through a combination of letter writing 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. Participants receive considerable help with regard to fundraising strategies, and the experience gained in this effort will definitely build important skills!

LETTER WRITING/DONOR CONTACTS

Each participant is required to send out 125 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 participant with considerable help provided by the chapter during the process. Materials are given out in December and the letters are due at the first training meeting in January.

FAMILY FEE $3,300

(payment plan options available)

Application fee $100 (non-refundable and not included as part of the family fee)

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

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 of $500-$2,800 to qualified applicants as deductions on the family fee. Financial assistance applications are due on November 1st, 2015. Please contact houston@amigosinternational.org 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 Houston 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 trainers, Tania d’Souza and Kristina Dickman.

SERVICE LEARNING

The Houston 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:
  • Monthly meetings Sunday afternoons 2:00 to 5:30
  • One overnight retreat
  • Service learning component
  • Supplemental Spanish activities
  • Four online assessments to determine readiness for the summer

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Matt Werner
Co-President
President@amigos-houston.org
Lydia Brantley
Co-President
President@amigos-houston.org
Brooke Chadeayne
Secretary
brookechadeayne@gmail.com
Ron Vlaskamp
Treasurer
Treasurer@amigos-houston.org
Andrew Green
Vice President
andytgreen@gmail.com
Chris Colucci Reuben
Parent Coordinator
Parent-Coordinator@amigos-houston.org
Kenneth Schneider
Fundraising Coordinator
Fundraising@amigos-houston.org
Connie Rodriguez
Diversity/Outreach
crod2010@att.net
Tom Brombacher
Hospitality Coordinator
tom.brombacher@gmail.com
Michael Brombacher
Webmaster
michael.brombacher@trafigura.com
Jacob Quinn
Asst. Treasurer
Treasurer@amigos-houston.org
Ann Crowley
Office Manager
houston@amigosinternational.org
Carol Lester
At Large
clester6@gmail.com
Andrew Nat
At Large
aan83@aya.yale.edu
Christy Esmahan
At Large
c.esmahan@gmail.com
LeeAnne Dilabio
At Large
ldilabio@yahoo.com
Paula Bottecelli
At Large
emailplb@gmail.com
Mendie Elliott
At Large
mendie_elliott@yahoo.com

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