HOW TO APPLY
How to apply:
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.
Application Fee: $50 (Non-refundable and not included in the Family Fee)
Family Fee: $4,250 (payment plans available)
- 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.
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.
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.
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
Sunday, December 15th
Orientation #1: Country Fair & Letter Writing
*Family Fee Payment
Campbell Community Center
Saturday, January 11th–Sunday, January 12th
Overnight Camp-In #2
Sunday, January 26th
Service Learning Meeting #3
Letter Writing Mailing
Sunday, February 23rd
Service Learning Meeting #4
*Family Fee Payment
Sunday, March 22nd
Service Learning Meeting #5
Sunday, April 26th
Service Learning Meeting #6
*Family Fee Payment
Sunday, May 3rd
Required Health and Safety Parent and Volunteer Meeting #7
Campbell Community Center
Friday, May 15th–Sunday, May 17th
Camp-Out Training Meeting #8
Sunday, June 7th
Despedida, Summer Communication and Packing #9
Sunday, July 19th
Summer Parent Meeting/Early Arrival Get-Together
Saturday, August 15th–Sunday, August 16th
Volunteer Debriefing #10
Saturday, August 23rd
Parent and Volunteer: Return Fiesta Brunch
Sunday, August 30th
Recruitment Training #11
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
|Arianne Renée Dilts
South Bay Outreach Manager
Damaris Echevarria Soto
Assistant Training Director
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.