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. 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:

We are excited to announce that AMIGOS will be offering in-person projects in Latin America and the United States during Summer 2021! Check out our summer projects here

If you were a volunteer in 2020, we invite you to complete your application here. Once you complete your application, we will connect you directly to your Local Chapter with next steps! All fees, fundraising, and financial assistance from 2020 will carry over to this year, and your price from 2020 is locked in!

If you are a new volunteer who was not signed up for an AMIGOS program in 2020, you will be applying through our National Chapter. Once you complete your application, you will receive an email from our Admissions team outlining next steps! Learn more about the National Chapter here.

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. Due to restrictions related to COVID-19, any new volunteers from the Silicon Valley area applying to 2021 programs should apply through the AMIGOS National Chapter.

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

If you were signed up for our 2020 Summer Immersion programs, all fees, fundraising, and financial assistance from 2020 will carry over this year, and your price from 2020 is locked in!

If you were not signed up for amigos in 2020, click here to see our 2021 programs!

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

For any family reapplying from Summer 2020, Family Financial Agreements will need to be to be resigned.

Reach out to your Local Chapter for specifics about your financial agreement this year.

 

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.

Financial Assistance FAQ

  • Financial assistance applications are received on a rolling basis.
  • The financial assistance deadline has passed.

TRAINING

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 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

TRAINING CALENDAR

Predeparture training for 2021 programs will be done through a combination of mandatory online modules and optional webinars. Training will also take place in country upon arrival. Once you apply, we will reach out with more information on the pre-departure training timeline and expectations.

Your Local Chapter may offer additional local opportunities to connect virtually with AMIGOS in your area. If you have questions about this, please reach out to chapters@amigosinternational.org.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Arianne Renée Dilts
President
(408) 688-7106
president@amigos-siliconvalley.org
Chris Leverenz
Treasurer
treasurer@amigos-siliconvalley.org
Michael Pickens
Fundraising
fundraising@amigos-siliconvalley.org
Jorge Meza
Director
director@amigos-siliconvalley.org
Shane Fay
Secretary
secretary@amigosinternational.org
Kent Campbell
Past President
pastpresident@amigosinternational.org
Cynthia Diaz
South Bay Outreach Manager
cdiaz@amigosinternational.org

Training Team

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

Amelia Grabinski
Assistant Training Director

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.