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.


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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.

Fundraising Activities

All volunteers 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 volunteer 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. 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.

Financial Assistance

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 info@amigos-peninsula.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
  • 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

Date Time Event Focus Location Notes
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


  • 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

Marlina Frederick
Ellen Curran
Vice President
Mike Keeler
Poorti Marino
Daniel Ponti
Keith Bromberg
Direct Appeal Coordinator
Alex Cheng
Product Sales Coordinator
Robert Lerner
Product Sales

Alexandra James
Paperwork Coordinator


Kirsten Struve
Service Learning Coordinator
Vivian Liu
Cynthia Diaz
South Bay Outreach Manager

Training Team

Nani Friedman
Co-Training Director
Micah Wheat
Assistant Training Director

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Check out what our 2018 Participants did during their summer!

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