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 attend one of our online info sessions. Be sure to watch the Info Session titled “Summer Program.” Once you watch this, please fill out this form and we will contact you with more information.

 

INTERVIEWS

Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis. After attending an online info session and completing your application, an AMIGOS representative will contact you to set up an interview.

 

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 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 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.

 

PRODUCT SALES

AMIGOS Silicon Valley volunteers raise funds through the sale of grapefruits. This effort primarily takes place in November and December for the holiday season. Students receive considerable help with regard to sales strategies, and the experience gained in this effort will definitely build important skills!

We are now taking pre-orders for boxes of grapefruit. You can fill out the form here to be contacted by a volunteer this winter for your grapefruit delivery.

 

LETTER WRITING/DONOR CONTACTS

Each volunteer 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 student with considerable help provided by the chapter during the process.

 

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)

Fundraising Family Fee Option: $4,200 (payment plans available)

  • Available to all that apply by November 4th
  • Must fundraise by selling 50 cases of grapefruit in November and December
  • Financial assistance applications due November 4th. Contact treasurer@amigos-siliconvalley.org for the application.

Buyout Family Fee Option: $5,200

  • Available to those that apply by December 9th
  • No grapefruit sales

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

  • Participants 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

AMIGOS actively recruits and supports inclusion of volunteers from diverse backgrounds. AMIGOS provides needs-based financial assistance with distribution determined by family income, number of dependents and special financial circumstances. We provide awards to families in the amounts of $500–$3,000 to qualified applicants as deductions on the family fee. Financial assistance applications are due on November 4th. Please contact treasurer@amigos-siliconvalley.org for the Financial Assistance Application.

Financial ASSISTANCE FAQ

  • Financial assistance applications are received on a rolling basis.
  • Applicants must apply by November 4th to be considered for financial assistance.
  • Awards vary. Each year, about 25% of volunteers receive financial assistance ranging from $500 to $3,000
  • Contact treasurer@amigos-siliconvalley.org for more information.

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:
  • Ten Sunday afternoon training meetings including service learning
  • Three overnight retreats
  • Four online assessments to determine readiness for the summer

TRAINING CALENDAR

Saturday, August 17th-Sunday, August 18th
4:00p-10:00a
Volunteer Debriefing 11
Location TBD

Saturday, August 18th
10:00a-12:00p
Parent and Volunteer Return Fiesta Brunch
Location TBD

Sunday, August 25th
1:00-3:00p
Recruitment Training
Location TBD

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kent Campbell
President
(408)757-7323
president@amigos-siliconvalley.org
Chris Leverenz
Treasurer
treasurer@amigos-siliconvalley.org
Ana Quinones
Recruiting and Marketing Specialist
recruitment@amigos-siliconvalley.org
Marie Jobson
Fundraising
fundraising@amigos-siliconvalley.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.