Learn about the Peninsula-Silicon Valley Chapter

Pennsula-Silicon Valley Information Video

Information Session Slide Show

Info Session Slide Deck

This year the Peninsula Chapter and the Silicon Valley Chapter have joined together under the Peninsula Chapter banner to create a singular chapter experience for Peninsula and South Bay families.


Our combined chapter is a part of a 20 Chapter Network that recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS volunteers and families in their local community. Volunteers from the Peninsula and South Bay Areas train together as a group before leaving for their summer experience in Latin America or Colorado. Our board supports volunteers with fundraising and overall preparation. Learn more about our Summer Programs here!


This year the Peninsula Chapter and the Silicon Valley Chapter have joined together under the Peninsula Chapter banner to create a singular chapter experience for Peninsula and South Bay families.


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 or state and work on sustainable community service projects. 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 Summer Programs.
  1. Click here to start your application. Note: Please select Peninsula as your chapter.
  2. Complete your application.
  3. An AMIGOS representative from the chapter will contact you to set up an interview.



January 31, 2022 is the Final Application Deadline.



The Peninsula Chapter is currently planning their local information sessions. Please contact recruitment@amigos-peninsula.org to receive more information. Before attending a local information session, we encourage you to attend one of our HQ led info sessions. Click here to register! Please be sure to attend a Summer Program Info Session.



Interviews will be held on a rolling basis. Once you attend an information session and complete your application, a representative from the Peninsula Chapter will contact you to schedule your family interview.



If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact recruitment@amigos-peninsula.org.


The cost to participate in an AMIGOS Latin America Summer Program in the Peninsula Chapter is $4,375**.

The cost to participate in an AMIGOS Western Colorado Program in the Peninsula Chapter is $5,475**.

The Peninsula Chapter covers AMIGOS program costs through a combination of family fee payments and fundraising activities. We also offer financial assistance (details below). The Peninsula Chapter engages in a significant fundraising campaign to help support families, and especially seeks to provide the AMIGOS experience to all volunteers without regard to family financial circumstances.

** Flight costs are not included. Learn more about airfare and travel support here.

Each volunteer is required to participate in a group fundraising effort by sending a combination of letters and emails to friends and family members to support their effort by making a tax deductible donation to AMIGOS. The chapter will provide considerable support to help each volunteer complete this letter writing project. All alumni interested in volunteering again with AMIGOS qualify to apply for the Alumni Award.

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 and/or airfare. All volunteers who receive financial assistance are required to participate in the letter-writing fundraising efforts of the chapter.

The Financial Assistance Application is a separate application available to complete through your dashboard. Apply here! The Chapter also requires a separate, short application and will be in touch with you once you have completed the financial assistance application above.

Please contact info@amigos-peninsula.org for more information.


Non-Refundable Application Fee: $50*

Latin America Project Family Fee: $4,375**

Western Colorado Project Family Fee: $5,475**

* Applicants applying for financial assistance may request to have their application fee waived.

** Flight costs are not included. Learn more about airfare and travel support here.

If you have any questions, please contact info@amigos-peninsula.org.



  • Training materials and workshops
  • Secondary short-term international medical insurance
  • Program excursions
  • Food, lodging, and transportation in Latin America
  • Supplies for community project and extracurricular activities
  • 24-hour On Call Emergency Management System
  • Travel hotline and support

Click here for more information about our Fees & Funding.



  • info@amigos-peninsula.org


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 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.

  • 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

Training dates and events

  • February 13, 1 – 4 pm (Chapter kick-off. Parents required 1 – 2 pm)
  • March 13 , 1 – 4 pm (participants); 3 – 4 pm (parents)
  • April 10, 1 – 4 pm (participants)
  • May 15, 1 – 4 pm (participants)
  • June 5, 2 – 4 pm (Despedida party; participants and parents)



PENINSULA CHAPTER Board of Directors

Arianne Renée Dilts
Mike Keeler
Keith Bromberg
Daniel Ponti
Vivian Liu
Robert Lerner

Michael Pickens


Chris Leverenz
Charlotte Doughty
Outreach Coordinator
Damaris Echevarría Soto
Training Director