HOW TO APPLY

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 Summer Programs.

 

READY TO START YOUR APPLICATION?

  1. Click here to start your application.
  2. Complete your application.
  3. An AMIGOS representative will contact you to set up an interview.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINES

November 4th: Financial assistance application deadline

December 9th: Final deadline to join the Silicon Valley Chapter

April 7th: Deadline to join AMIGOS for Summer 2020

 

INFO SESSIONS

Please sign up to attend an info session here.

Sunday, September 29, 2019
3:00–4:30 pm
Location:
Campbell Community Center
1 W Campbell Ave C-33
Campbell, CA 95008

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
7:00–8:30 pm
Location:
Camden Community Center, Classroom 6
3369 Union Ave
San Jose, CA 95124

Sunday, October 20, 2019
3:00–4:30 pm
Location:
Campbell Community Center
1 W Campbell Ave C-33
Campbell, CA 95008

Sunday, November 3, 2019
3:00–4:30 pm
Location:
Campbell Community Center
1 W Campbell Ave C-33
Campbell, CA 95008

 

INTERVIEWS

Saturday, October 26, 2019 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Sunday, October 27, 2019 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Saturday, November 16, 2019 9:00 am–4:00 pm

Location:
1210 S Bascom Ave, Suite 114
San Jose, CA 95128

 

ABOUT

The AMIGOS Silicon Valley Chapter is part of a 25 Chapter Network that recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS volunteers and families in their local community. Volunteers from the South Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area train together as a group before leaving for their summer experience in Latin America. Our board supports volunteers with packing, pre-departure immunizations, fundraising, and overall preparation.

Silicon Valley VOLUNTEERS ATTEND:

Abraham Lincoln • Aptos • Archbishop Mitty • Bellarmine • Branham • Christopher • Cupertino • Del Mar • Downtown College Prep • DCP El Primero • Eastside College Prep • Leigh • Leland • Lincoln • Los Gatos • Lynbrook • Mountain View • Monta Vista • Napa • Notre Dame San Jose • Presentation • Prospect Santa Clara • Santa Cruz • Scotts Valley • St. Francis • Westmont

FEES & FUNDING

The Silicon Valley Chapter covers AMIGOS program costs through a combination of letter writing, online fundraising efforts, and a family fee contribution. We chose these activities to maximize our ability to provide the AMIGOS experience to all volunteers without regard to family financial circumstances. All volunteers are required to fully take part in each fundraising activity as fundraising skills are an important component of AMIGOS training program and raise awareness of AMIGOS programs in the community.

 

LETTER WRITING/DONOR CONTACTS

Each volunteer is required to send out a combination of letters and email messages to friends, family members, and donors to request individual tax-deductible donations (the revenue from this effort is pooled). Letters are written by the student with considerable help provided by the chapter during the process.

The Silicon Valley Chapter provides two optional training/check-in sessions to provide additional support with letter writing. Each volunteer’s goal is 100–120 letters and $3,000.

 

Additional funding opportunities

All alumni interested in volunteering again with AMIGOS qualify to apply for the Alumni Award. More info here.

Fees

Application Fee: $50 (Non-refundable and not included in the Family Fee)

Family Fee: $4,250 (payment plans available)

FEEs INCLUDE:

  • Round-trip international airfare
  • 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.

DUE DATES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS

  • Volunteers pay their family fees beginning in December. The fee must be paid by April 2020.
  • Fees can be paid online or by mail.
  • Payment plans are available.

 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Significant financial assistance is available. If this program is of interest to you, we would like to know about it and support you. Larger grants of financial assistance are given for those with lower family incomes, though financial assistance is awarded to most families who are able to demonstrate need.

Please apply to our program and submit a letter explaining your situation and interest in the program, a copy of the first two pages of last year’s family tax return, and a copy of your last semester grades by the financial assistance deadline of November 4, 2019.

Financial Assistance FAQ

  • Financial assistance applications are received on a rolling basis.
  • Applicants must apply by November 4th to be considered for financial assistance.

TRAINING

The transformative AMIGOS experience starts before leaving home.

With 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 Silicon Valley Chapter AMIGOS training is youth-led, experiential learning that prepares students for their AMIGOS experience, builds a community of youth and families with shared values, and develops life-skills to help volunteers succeed beyond AMIGOS. Training sessions are facilitated by our Training Directors, the Training Supervisors, and our chapter board of directors. 

 

SERVICE LEARNING

The Silicon Valley 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. Silicon Valley volunteers will work with families and children, often times communicating in Spanish, on six of the Sunday training meetings. We partner with the local nonprofit organization Sunday Friends, and we support the work that they do year-round with families attending their programs at Lowell Elementary School in San Jose. This long-term work with these families allows us to develop relationships with local children and parents, much as the AMIGOS summer immersion experience allows volunteers to deeply know a community abroad.

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRAINING PROGRAM INCLUDE:
  • 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

 

THE TIME COMMITMENT FOR TRAINING ACTIVITIES INCLUDES:
  • 11 training meetings including service learning
  • Three overnight retreats
  • Four online assessments to determine readiness for the summer

TRAINING CALENDAR

Sunday, December 14th
1:00-4:00p
Orientation #1: Country Fair & Letter Writing
*Family Fee Payment
Campbell Community Center

Saturday, January 11th–Sunday, January 12th
Overnight Camp-In #2
*Fundraising Collection
Location TBD

Sunday, January 26th
Service Learning Meeting #3
Letter Writing Mailing
Sunday Friends

Sunday, February 23rd
Service Learning Meeting #4
*Family Fee Payment
Sunday Friends

Sunday, March 22nd
Service Learning Meeting #5
*Fundraising Collection
Sunday Friends

Sunday, April 26th
Service Learning Meeting #6
*Fundraising Collection
*Family Fee Payment
Sunday Friends

Sunday, May 3rd
1:00-4:00p
Required Health and Safety Parent and Volunteer Meeting #7
*Fundraising Deadline
Campbell Community Center

Friday, May 15th–Sunday, May 17th
Camp-Out Training Meeting #8
Sandborn

Sunday, June 7th
12:00-3:00p
Despedida, Summer Communication and Packing #9
Location TBD

Sunday, July 19th
2:00-4:00p
Summer Parent Meeting/Early Arrival Get-Together
Location TBD

Saturday, August 15th–Sunday, August 16th
4:00p-10:00a
Volunteer Debriefing #10
Location TBD

Saturday, August 23rd
10:00a-12:00p
Parent and Volunteer: Return Fiesta Brunch
Location TBD

Sunday, August 30th
1:00-3:00p
Recruitment Training #11
Location TBD

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Arianne Renée Dilts
President
(408) 688-7106
president@amigos-siliconvalley.org
Chris Leverenz
Treasurer
treasurer@amigos-siliconvalley.org
Cynthia Diaz
South Bay Outreach Manager
cdiaz@amigosinternational.org

Training Team

Damaris Echevarria Soto
Training Director
training@amigos-siliconvalley.org

MEDIA

Amigos de Las Americas aims to inspire and builds young leaders through community development and summer immersion trips.

The Silicon Valley Chapter appeared on NBC and Telemundo’s Comunidad Del Valle.