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THE PENINSULA CHAPTER IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER 2018
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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 December. Our training program begins in January 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: recruitment@amigos-peninsula.org

 

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Pricing

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

LETTER WRITING
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.
PRODUCT SALES

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. We offer Full and Partial product sales options which will be explained at our Chapter Informational Meetings.

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 full product sales and letter-writng fundraising efforts of the Chapter. Applicants who request financial assistance must apply by November 9th, 2017. Please contact info@amigos-peninsula.org for additional information.

FAMILY Fee

  • Full Fee: $4,750
  • w/ Partial Product Sales: $4,250**
  • w/ Full Product Sales: $3,650**
  • Financial assistance recipients must participate in the Full Product Sales option)**
  • Returning participants receive a $500 discount
  • The $50 application deposit will be credited toward family fee
  • Letter-writing fundraising participation required by all participants

***Applications must be received by November 9, 2018 from participants who apply for financial assistance or the 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
  • Airline change fees and surcharges that result from missed flights or early returns through the fault of the participant

Training

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.

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:

  • 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

Leadership

PENINSULA CHAPTER Board of Directors

Ellen Curran
President
president@amigos-peninsula.org
Daniel Ponti
Vice President/Webmaster
webmaster@amigos-peninsula.org
Kirsten Struve
Service Learning Coordinator
servicelearning@amigos-peninsula.org
Cary Vaughan
Paperwork Coordinator
paperwork@amigos-peninsula.org
Mike Keeler
Treasurer
treasurer@amigos-peninsula.org
Alexandra James
Secretary
Alex Cheng
Product Sales Coordinator
productsales@amigos-peninsula.org
Eitan Fenson
Development
Robert Lerner
Product Sales
Keith Bromberg
Recruitment Coordinator
recruitment@amigos-peninsula.org
Michael Hart
At Large
Sandy Bartlett
Letter Writing Coordinator
letterwriting@amigos-peninsula.org
Darian Andrade
Mentoring

Training Team

Nani Friedman
Training Director
training@amigos-peninsula.org

Penchap Goings On

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

 

Check out what our 2015 Participants did during their summer!