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.
HOW TO APPLY FOR AMIGOS:
The San Diego Chapter is no longer accepting Chapter volunteers. However, the National Chapter is still accepting applications!
- Watch the Summer Program Online Information Session. Then, check out the National Chapter page!
- Apply online.
- AMIGOS staff will contact you to schedule your interview.
April 7th: Final deadline to join AMIGOS through the National Chapter
The AMIGOS San Diego Chapter is part of a 25 Chapter Network that recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS volunteers and families in their local community. Volunteers from San Diego and outlying areas 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.During the months of December through June, San Diego Chapter participants will take part in local training and fundraising events as they prepare for their AMIGOS experience.
San Diego Volunteers Attend:
Canyon Crest Academy • Chaparral • El Camino • El Capitan • Francis Parker • Great Oak • La Costa Canyon • Mater Dei • Murrieta Mesa • Murrieta Valley • Pacific Ridge • Pacific Trails • Point Loma • Sage Creek • San Diego High School of International Studies • San Dieguito Academy • Santa Monica • Torrey Pines • Troy High • Vistamar • Westview
FEES & FUNDING
The San Diego Chapter covers AMIGOS program costs through a combination of family payments and fundraising activities. This approach allows us to keep costs to families low while teaching valuable fundraising and community outreach skills. 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/Online Giving Campaign
Each volunteer is required to send out a combination of letters and emails to friends, family and supporters 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. Each volunteer is expected to fundraise $2,700. We will provide a template and provide support to volunteers throughout the process. In the past we have hosted letter writing parties.
We have also hosted restaurant nights, garage sales, and other creative events to raise money. We are always open to ideas!
Additional funding opportunities
All alumni interested in volunteering again with AMIGOS qualify to apply for the Alumni Award. More info here.
Application Fee: $50
Family Fee: $4,250
Fundraising Goal: $2,700
- 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 December 2019. The fee must be paid by April 15, 2020.
- Fees can be paid online or by mail.
- Payment plans are available.
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–$2,000 to qualified applicants as deductions on the family fee. Please contact email@example.com for information and details about specific individual grants available.
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 San Diego Chapter AMIGOS training is a youth-led, experiential learning that prepares volunteers 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 the Training Team and include guest speakers from the community and the San Diego Chapter Board of Directors.
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:
- Four weekend day trainings
- Three overnight retreats (includes one post-summer)
- Service learning project
- Four online assessments to determine readiness for the summer
San Clemente SB
Encinitas Community Center
Virtual Community and Health and Safety Presentation
Encinitas Community Center
Bienvenida/Welcome Home Party
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. Volunteers receive considerable help with regard to fundraising strategies, and the experience gained in this effort will definitely build important skills!
LETTER WRITING/DONOR CONTACTS
Each volunteer is required to send out a combination of letters and emails to friends and family, 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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Vice President/Co-Training Director
Interim Treasurer/Co-Fundraising Coordinator
Co-Recruitment Coordinator/Parent Liaison