If you are looking for a fantastic summer experience, you’ve come to the right place! The Peninsula 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 from September into December. Our training program begins in December and winds up in May just before the summer projects kick off. We invite students and their parents to attend one of our Informational Meetings to learn 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: recruitment@amigos-peninsula.org.


NOTE: Our priority application deadline has passed – we are only accepting applicants who will not be seeking financial assistance or selling product.

Ready to start your application?

1. You and your parents should attend an Informational Meeting to learn about the AMIGOS program and the Peninsula Chapter. If you are unable to attend one of our Chapter Informational Meetings, sign up for one of AMIGOS Headquarters' online information sessions here.

2. Review the Chapter Calendar (click on Calendar tab above) to ensure that you can attend our training dates.

3. Click here to create your account and start your application. Be sure to choose Peninsula as your chapter.

4. Completion of the online application includes 1) creating your online account, 2) completing initial personal information, 3) paying the $50 application fee, and 4) selecting your project preference. You can return anytime to complete the application process by clicking here. (your username is your email address).

If you intend to apply for financial assistance to the Peninsula Chapter, or for one of our reduced family-fee options, you must complete your online application by November 5. If you join the Chapter, the application fee will be applied to your family fee. Once you complete those steps, we will contact you about scheduling an interview and next steps.

NOTE: If you are applying for financial assistance, Peninsula Chapter will waive the application fee. Please select "Application fee/deposit is waived" at the step where you are asked to pay the application deposit.

5. If you have any questions about the application or are encountering any problems, please email us at recruitment@amigos-peninsula.org.

6. Once you have submitted your application, we will be in touch to discuss next steps and arrange an in-person interview.


Priority Deadline - November 5, 2018: All applicants applying for financial assistance or applying for the Single or Double Product Sales Family Fee Option MUST apply by this date.

Final Deadline - December 3, 2018: Final deadline for Summer 2019 participants training through our chapter (No Product Sales Family Fee Option only)

NOTE: We strongly recommend that you complete your application on or before the priority deadline to ensure your project preference.

If you have any questions, please contact our Outreach Team


Sun. Sept. 30 3:00 pm
Hillsdale High School

Sun. Oct. 14 3:00 pm
Gunn High School

Wed. Oct. 24 7:30 pm
Carlmont High School

Sun. Nov. 4 3:00 pm
Gunn High School


Chapter Training Calendar

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We cover the program cost for each Peninsula Chapter participant through a combination of fundraising, and a family fee contribution (a portion of which is tax deductible). We provide families an opportunity to reduce their family fee by participating in product sales. We also provide financial assistance to families who otherwise cannot afford the family fee. We want to ensure that all eligible and enthused young leaders can experience the AMIGOS program regardless of family financial circumstances.

Fundraising Activities

All participants are required to send a combination of letters and emails to at least 100 friends and family, requesting tax-deductible donations to AMIGOS. Letters are written by the participant with considerable help from the chapter. Proceeds from this activity are pooled; there is no individual fundraising requirement.

Families can reduce their family fee by selling chapter-provided grapefruit, coffee, and fair-trade chocolates from Latin America. Participants are trained on sales strategies and provided with supporting materials. This effort primarily takes place in November and December to take advantage of the holiday season. Single and Double Product Sales Family Fee options require a product sales activity.

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. Assistance provided is applied to the family fee. All participants who receive financial assistance are required to participate in the Double Product Sales activity and letter-writng fundraising efforts of the Chapter. Applicants who request financial assistance must apply by November 5th, 2018. Please contact info@amigos-peninsula.org for additional information.

Additional funding opportunities

All alumni interested in volunteering again with AMIGOS will receive a credit of $500 towards their family fee and qualify to apply for the Alumni Award. More info here. Apply by Nov. 5th!

Do you qualify for financial aid? If so then we highly encourage you to apply for the AMIGOS Young Leaders Award here by November 12th. 


  • $3,500 – Double Product Sales**
    • 40 boxes of grapefruit, 40 chocolate bars, 50 lbs. coffee
  • $4,250 – Single Product Sales**
    • 20 boxes of grapefruit, 20 chocolate bars, 25 lbs. coffee
  • $4,800 – No Product Sales
  • Letter-writing fundraising participation required by all participants
  • Financial assistance recipients must participate in the Double Product Sales option)**
  • Returning participants receive a $1000 discount

**Applications must be received by the priority deadline of November 5, 2018 for participants who apply for financial assistance, standard, or double product sales options.

Fees and fundraising cover:

  • 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
  • Incidental medical expenses while in country
  • Cots and mosquito nets
  • 24-hour emergency support system

DOES NOT cover:

  • Immunizations and pre-travel medical examinations
  • Passport fees
  • Baggage fees
  • Airline change fees and surcharges that result from missed flights or early returns through the fault of the participant


The transformative AMIGOS experience starts before leaving home

With more than 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.


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:

  • Be involved in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of two Saturday morning educational programs for elementary school students.
  • Serve as mentors
  • Six parent/participant trainings on Sunday afternoons, 5 of which require parent participation for 1-2 hours
  • Two overnight retreats
  • Two Saturday morning service learning commitments
  • Four online assessments to determine readiness for the summer

Check out the Chapter Training Calendar for tentative training dates, by clicking on the Calendar tab above.


  • 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


PENINSULA CHAPTER Board of Directors

Ellen Curran
Daniel Ponti
Vice President
Kirsten Struve
Service Learning Coordinator
Alexandra James
Paperwork Coordinator
Mike Keeler
Poorti Marino
Alex Cheng
Product Sales Coordinator
Eitan Fenson
Robert Lerner
Product Sales
Keith Bromberg
Recruitment/Letterwriting Coordinator
Marlina Frederick
At Large

Training Team

Nani Friedman
Co-Training Director
Erin Kiekhaefer
Co-Training Director

Penchap Goings On

Check out what our 2018 Participants did during their summer!

Check out 2016 Participant Haley Takeda’s great video of her time in Costa Rica!