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 with a host family 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 Summer Programs.

 

READY TO APPLY?
  1. Click here to start your application.
  2. Complete your application. The application should take about 25-30 minutes to complete, and we encourage you to complete it in one sitting. You may need your parent(s) or guardian(s) to support with the application process.
  3. An AMIGOS representative from the San Diego Chapter will contact you to share more information and set up an interview.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE

January 17, 2023 is the final application deadline. It is also the financial assistance application deadline. However, financial assistance applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and we encourage you to apply as soon as possible!

 

INFOrmation SESSIONS and Interview days

We look forward to meeting students and their parent(s) or guardian(s) at our in-person admissions events! The San Diego Chapter will be hosting combined information session and interview days. During these meetings, we will share more details about chapter fees and funding, training, events, and expectations. The interviews are also an opportunity for the chapter to learn more about applicants and their interests.

  • Sunday, October 23, 3:00-5:00 PM
    • Location: Wave Soda Office, 1780 La Costa Meadows Dr Suite 105, San Marcos, CA 92078
  • Sunday, November 13, 3:00-5:00 PM
    • Location: Wave Soda Office, 1780 La Costa Meadows Dr Suite 105, San Marcos, CA 92078
  • Sunday, December 11, 3:00-5:00 PM
    • Location: TBD
  • Sunday, January 15, 3:00-5:00 PM
    • Location: TBD

 

CONTACT

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Cole Christian, via email at recruitment@amigos-sandiego.org.

ABOUT

The AMIGOS San Diego Chapter is part of a 13 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 and families with group fundraising, service learning, community building, and overall preparation. Learn more about our Summer Programs here!

 

History

Since the San Diego Chapter’s incorporation in 2002, over 500 youth from San Diego and its suburbs have volunteered through the chapter path, fundraising and training locally before the summer.

 

CURRENT VOLUNTEERS

San Diego Chapter 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, and many more!

FEES & FUNDING

The family fee to participate in an AMIGOS Summer Program in the San Diego Chapter varies by project.* Please see the Fees section to the right to review pricing.

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 $2,000. We will provide a template and provide support to volunteers throughout the process. In the past we have hosted letter writing parties.

To see some of our fundraising efforts from last year, check out our Summer 2022 CauseVox Campaign here.

 

Extra Fundraiser

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.

FEES

Non-Refundable Application Fee: $50

Summer program family fees vary by project length:

  • 3-week projects: $4,375
  • 4-week projects: $4,675
  • 6-week projects: $4,875

*Flight costs are not included. Learn more about airfare and travel support here.

 

FEES INCLUDE

  • 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.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

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.

The financial assistance application deadline is January 17, 2023. However, we encourage interested applicants to apply as soon as possible while funds are available. Financial assistance applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the deadline. After receiving an application, the San Diego Chapter will convene to determine their local San Diego Chapter financial assistance award amounts. Apply here!

Please contact the Chapter Treasurer at treasurer@amigos-sandiego.org for more information.

 

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 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

Training Calendar

We are excited for the 2023 training cycle! Most activities will take place on Saturday mornings. Exact times and locations are TBD.

  • Sunday, January 29 – 3:00PM Pacific – Welcome / Kick Off Event
  • Saturday, February 11 – Teambuilding Event
  • Saturday, February 25 – Training Activities
  • Saturday, March 18 – Sunday, March 19 – Overnight Retreat
  • Saturday, April 15 – Training Activities
  • Saturday, April 29 – Volunteer Event
  • Saturday, May 13 – Training Activities & Despedida

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mia Medina
Acting President
Roger Williams
Rakesh Patel
Medical Director
Jill Roth
Language Director

 

Share Your Time and Talent!

The San Diego Chapter of AMIGOS is always looking for volunteers, and we encourage you to join our fun community! If you are interested in contributing to our chapter either as a board member or as an ad-hoc volunteer, please email dmulack@amigosinternational.org.

Board Meeting Calendar

  • Tuesday, September 20, 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday, October 18, 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday, November 15, 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday, December 13, 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday, January 10, 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday, February 7, 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday, March 7, 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday, April 11, 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday, May 9, 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday, June 6, 5:30 PM

Board meetings are held virtually or in hybrid format.

TESTIMONIALS