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AMIGOS gives you an exciting chance to have an adventure and explore the world outside of a classroom. You will live in a new country and work on sustainable community service projects while living with a host family. These experiences prepare you for your future, improve your Spanish, and build your confidence. You develop leadership skills that will set you apart in college and throughout your career. With AMIGOS, you will learn about the world by living in it. Click here to explore our programs.
How to Apply:
AMIGOS has suspended our in-person programs for Summer 2020. However, we have developed an exciting new virtual program: The Community Impact Project! Through this 6-week initiative, you will connect across cultures, design positive service projects, and support your community during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on the Community Impact Project and how to register, visit our website.
We cover the program cost for each Peninsula Chapter volunteer 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. Volunteers 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 volunteers 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 volunteers who receive financial assistance are required to participate in the Double Product Sales activity and letter-writing fundraising efforts of the chapter. Applicants who request financial assistance must apply by November 4th, 2019. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Additional funding opportunities
All alumni interested in volunteering again with AMIGOS qualify to apply for the Alumni Award. More info here.
- $3,500 – Double Product Sales**
- 50 boxes of grapefruit, 40 chocolate bars, 50 lbs. coffee
- $4,250 – Single Product Sales**
- 25 boxes of grapefruit, 20 chocolate bars, 25 lbs. coffee
- $5,000 – No Product Sales
- Letter-writing fundraising participation required by all volunteers
- Financial assistance recipients must participate in the Double Product Sales option)**
**Applications must be received by the priority deadline of November 4, 2019 for volunteers 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 volunteer
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 volunteers 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 volunteers for their AMIGOS experience, builds a community of youth and families with shared values, and develops life-skills to help students 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. Volunteers 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/volunteer 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
2019–2020 Training Calendar
|Sunday, 11/17/2019||1:00–3:00 pm||Training (Pre-Product Sales)||Eastside College Preparatory School|
|Sunday, 12/15/2019||1:00–2:30 pm||Family Welcome||Library at Henry M Gunn High School||Parents required for entire meeting|
|Saturday, 1/11/2020– Sunday, 1/12/2020||10:00 am–12:00 pm||Retreat #1||Introduction to Amigos & Service Learning||TBD||*11:30 am start for attendees of 11/17/19|
|Sunday, 1/26/2020||1:00–4:30 pm||Training||Introduction to Community Development||Library at Henry M Gunn High School||3pm–4:30pm Parent Panel & Introduction to Letter Writing|
|Sunday, 2/9/2020||12:00–4:30 pm||Training||Virtual Community & Introduction to Letter Writing||Library at Henry M Gunn High School|
|Sunday, 3/1/2020||3:30–6:00 pm||Training||Potluck & Letter Stuffing||EPA Boys and Girls Club||Parents required for entire meeting|
|Sunday, 3/15/2020||12:00–5:00 pm||Training||Health & Safety||Library at Henry M Gunn High School||Parents required to attend from 3:00–5:00 pm|
|Saturday, 3/28/2020– Sunday, 3/29/2020||10:00 am–12:00 pm||Retreat #2||Redwood Glenn|
|Sunday, 4/19/2020||1:00–4:00 pm||Training||TBD|
|Sunday, 5/3/2020||1:00–3:30 pm||Training||Packing, Summer Communications, & Postcards||EPA Boys and Girls Club||Parents required for entire meeting|
|Sunday, 5/17/2020||4:30–6:30pm||Despedida Party||TBD|
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
Direct Appeal Coordinator
Product Sales Coordinator
Service Learning Coordinator
South Bay Outreach Manager
Assistant Training Director