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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 early 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 (held in the fall) 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: email@example.com
ALL DONATIONS TO SUPPORT OUR PARTICIPANTS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
THE TIME COMMITMENT FOR TRAINING ACTIVITIES INCLUDES:
- 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.
TRAINING PROGRAM Highlights
- 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
Service Learning Coordinator
Product Sales Coordinator