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.


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.


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


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.



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.


  • 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.

Financial Assistance FAQ

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


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.


  • 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


  • 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
*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
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

Sunday, June 7th
Despedida, Summer Communication and Packing #9
Location TBD

Sunday, July 19th
Summer Parent Meeting/Early Arrival Get-Together
Location TBD

Saturday, August 15th–Sunday, August 16th
Volunteer Debriefing #10
Location TBD

Saturday, August 23rd
Parent and Volunteer: Return Fiesta Brunch
Location TBD

Sunday, August 30th
Recruitment Training #11
Location TBD


Arianne Renée Dilts
(408) 688-7106
Chris Leverenz
Michael Pickens
Jorge Meza
Shane Fay
Kent Campbell
Past President
Cynthia Diaz
South Bay Outreach Manager

Training Team

Damaris Echevarria Soto
Training Director

Amelia Grabinski
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.