AMIGOS is a leader in international youth development, creating a world in which young people realize their full potential as leaders and global citizens. We provide extraordinary opportunities for youth to design and lead projects in collaboration with US and Latin American peers and partner organizations across the Americas. Our strong partner network, built over 50 years, enables authentic engagements in communities across the region.
The AMIGOS Silicon Valley Chapter recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS participants and their families from the South Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area. Our chapter accepts participants August 11 through November 1 of the fall prior to each summer experience. During the months of October through May, Silicon Valley Chapter participants will take part in local training and fundraising events as they prepare for their AMIGOS experience.
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The cost of supporting an AMIGOS participant in Latin America is significant. Silicon Valley Chapter covers these costs through a combination of product sales, 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 participants without regard to family financial circumstances. All participants 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.
AMIGOS Silicon Valley participants raise funds through the sale of grapefruits. This effort primarily takes place in November and December for the holiday season. Participants receive considerable help with regard to sales strategies, and the experience gained in this effort will definitely build important skills!
LETTER WRITING/DONOR CONTACTS
Each participant is also 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 participant with considerable help provided by the chapter during the process.
Family fee $3,200
(payment plan options available)
Chapter deposit $750 (not included in family fee)
Group fundraising participation required
THE PROGRAM FEE INCLUDES:
- Chapter training materials and workshops
- Round-Trip International Airfare
- Secondary short-term international medical insurance
- Program excursions and trainings
- Food, lodging, and transportation in Latin America
- Supplies for community project and extracurricular activities
- 24-hour emergency support system
THE PROGRAM FEE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Immunizations and pre-travel medical examinations
- Passport/visa fees
AMIGOS actively recruits and supports inclusion of participants from diverse backgrounds. AMIGOS provides needs-based financial assistance with distribution determined by family income, number of dependents and special financial circumstances. We provide amounts of $500-$3,000 to qualified applicants as deductions on the family fee. Financial assistance applications are due on October 12th, 2015. Please contact Kent Campbell for additional information. In addition, participants who are returning for an additional summer receive a $365 discount.
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 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 Silicon Valley 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 our Training Directors, the Training Supervisors, and our chapter board of directors.
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 participants 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 participants 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:
- Ten Sunday afternoon training meetings including service learning
- Three overnight retreats
- Four online assessments to determine readiness for the summer
Board of Directors
Recruitment Director and Secretary