Welcome to the Peninsula Chapter

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If you are looking for a fantastic summer experience, you've come to the right place!

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.

During the school year, the chapter prepares high school and college students from Mountain View / Los Altos north to San Bruno for immersing themselves in Latin American culture, and to designing and leading community inspired projects in collaboration with US and Latin American peers and partner organizations over the summer. Get out of your element and experience the world!

The Peninsula Chapter recruits Amigos participants during September and early October. Our training program begins in early November and winds up in May just before the summer projects kick off. Our participants receive training in cross-cultural sensitivity, community organizing, technical skills, personal health & safety, and the culture of Latin America. In June, the volunteers travel to their assigned countries. At their project orientation, they join with other AMIGOS volunteers from throughout the United States and Latin America. Participants are then placed, with one or two partners, in a rural or semi-rural community to live and work for the summer. Check back next fall and attend one of the Informational Meetings we hold in September to learn more about the Amigos experience and the chapter training program. If you have any questions about the Peninsula Chapter, please don't hesitate to contact us at: info@amigos-peninsula.org

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FUNDRAISING

Peninsula Chapter covers  the cost to support our participants’ projects in Latin America through a combination of product sales, direct appeal donations, and a family fee contribution – a portion of which is tax deductible. 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 the AMIGOS training program and to raise awareness of AMIGOS programs in the community.

PRODUCT SALES

AMIGOS Peninsula participants raise funds through the sale of grapefruit and fair-trade chocolates and coffee from Latin America. This effort primarily takes place in November and December for the holiday season. Participants receive considerable help with regard to sales strategies, and the experience gained in this effort will definitely build important skills!

For more information, contact productsales@amigospenchap.org.

LETTER WRITING/DONOR CONTACTS

Each participant is also required to send out a combination of letters and email invitations to donate through an online fundraising page to at least 120 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.

For more information, contact letterwriting@amigospenchap.org.

FAMILY FEE $3,450

  • Group fundraising participation required
  • Payment plan options and financial assistance available
  • Returning participants receive a $365 discount

THE PROGRAM FEE INCLUDES:

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

THE PROGRAM FEE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Immunizations and pre-travel medical examinations
  • Passport fees

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

AMIGOS actively recruits and supports inclusion of participants from diverse backgrounds across race, nationality, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, age, gender, and sexual orientation. AMIGOS provides needs-based financial assistance with distribution determined by family income, number of dependents and special financial circumstances. We provide amounts of up to $3450 to qualified applicants as deductions to the family fee. All participants are required to participate in the fundraising efforts of the chapter. Financial assistance applications are due on October 13th, 2015. Please contact info@amigos-peninsula.org for additional information.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE APPLICATION DEADLINE – October 13

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 Peninsula 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 Team and include guest speakers from the community and the Peninsula Chapter Board of Directors.

SERVICE LEARNING

The Peninsula 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:

  • Design an individualized tutoring program for an elementary school student to provide academic assistance
  • Serve as mentors
  • Be involved in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of two Saturday morning educational programs for elementary school students.
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:
  • Six parent/participant monthly meetings (1-2 hours weeknights, usually on Thursday)
  • Six Sunday workshops for participants (2-6 hours)
  • Two overnight and one full-day weekend retreats
  • Two Saturday morning service learning commitments, 6 hours of private tutoring, and a wrap-up Science Fair/party on a weeknight
  • Four online assessments to determine readiness for the summer

Check out the Chapter Training Calendar for tentative training dates

PENINSULA CHAPTER Board of Directors

Daniel Ponti
President
president@amigos-peninsula.org
Keith Bromberg
Vice President
info@amigos-peninsula.org
Ellen Curran
Service Learning Coordinator
Cary Vaughan
Paperwork Coordinator
paperwork@amigos-peninsula.org
Mike Keeler
Treasurer
treasurer@amigos-peninsula.org
Michael Hart
Secretary
Alex Cheng
Product Sales Coordinator
Eitan Fenson
Development
Robert Lerner
Product Sales
Sandy Bartlett
Direct Appeal Coordinator

Training Team

Erin Griffard
Co-Training Director
training@amigos-peninsula.org
Zach Sorenson
Co-Training Director
training@amigos-peninsula.org
TBD
Senior Training Staff

Penchap Goings On

A Penchap participant writes of her experiences in Nicaragua

Check out what our 2015 Participants did this past summer!