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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.

 

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Pricing

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

LETTER WRITING
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.
PRODUCT SALES

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. 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.

FAMILY FEE

If you were signed up for our 2020 Summer Immersion programs, all fees, fundraising, and financial assistance from 2020 will carry over this year, and your price from 2020 is locked in!

If you were not signed up for amigos in 2020, click here to see our 2021 programs!

For any family reapplying from Summer 2020, Family Financial Agreements will need to be to be resigned.

Reach out to your Local Chapter for specifics about your financial agreement this year.

Fees and fundraising cover:

  • 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

Training

The transformative AMIGOS experience starts before leaving home

With over 55 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.

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. Volunteers will:

  • Be involved in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of two Saturday morning educational programs for elementary school students.
  • Serve as mentors

Training Calendar

Predeparture training for 2021 programs will be done through a combination of mandatory online modules and optional webinars. Training will also take place in country upon arrival. Once you apply, we will reach out with more information on the pre-departure training timeline and expectations.

Your Local Chapter may offer additional local opportunities to connect virtually with AMIGOS in your area. If you have questions about this, please reach out to chapters@amigosinternational.org.

 

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

Marlina Frederick
President
president@amigos-peninsula.org
Ellen Curran
Vice President
Mike Keeler
Treasurer
treasurer@amigos-peninsula.org
Poorti Marino
Secretary
secretary@amigos-peninsula.org
Daniel Ponti
Webmaster
webmaster@amigos-peninsula.org
Keith Bromberg
Direct Appeal Coordinator
letterwriting@amigos-peninsula.org
Alex Cheng
Product Sales Coordinator
productsales@amigos-peninsula.org
Robert Lerner
Product Sales
 

Alexandra James
Paperwork Coordinator
paperwork@amigos-peninsula.org

 

Kirsten Struve
Service Learning Coordinator
servicelearning@amigos-peninsula.org
Vivian Liu
Communications
Cynthia Diaz
South Bay Outreach Manager
cdiaz@amigosinternational.org

Training Team

Nani Friedman
Co-Training Director
training@amigos-peninsula.org
Micah Wheat
Assistant Training Director
training@amigos-peninsula.org

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!