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, work on sustainable community service projects, and live 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 2019 Summer Programs.

 

READY TO START YOUR APPLICATION?

1. Click here to start your application. Make sure to select that you are applying for the San Diego chapter.
2. Complete your application and pay your $50 application fee. If you are applying for financial aid, complete the financial aid section within the application.
3. Complete an interview.
4. Pay your $50 Application fee.

 

Application DEADLINES

November 5th: Priority Application Deadline

December 3rd: Final Application Deadline

 

INFO SESSIONS

October 17th, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Carlsbad Public Library

 

INterviews

Interviews will be held during the Info Sessions listed above.

 

Contact

Please contact recruitment@amigos-sandiego.org or (858)761-3462.

ABOUT

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.

 

Upcoming Events

November 17th
Country Expo

 

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.

 

Extra Fundraiser

Volunteers will carry out a fundraiser of their choosing. Previosu examples of extra fundraisers include garage sales, restaurant nights, crafts, bake sales, car washes, or poinsettia sales.

 

FEES

Application Fee: $50

Family Fee: $4,250

  • Alumni receive an additional $500 discount

Fundraising Goal: $2,700

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 December 15, 2018. The fee must be paid by April 15, 2019.
  • Fees can be paid online or by mail.
  • Payment plans are available.

FINANCIAL AID

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 fundraising@amigos-sandiego.org for information and details about specific individual grants available. In addition, participants who are returning for an additional summer receive a $500 discount.

FINANCIAL AID FAQ

  • Must apply by November 5th to be considered for Financial Aid
  • We will request a tax return.
  • Financial Aid is for families who make $65,000 or less or for families with extenuating circumstances.
  • Awards vary with the expected range of 25-50% of the family fee

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 participants 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 participants for their AMIGOS experience, builds a community of youth and families with shared values, and develops life-skills to help participants 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

Training Calendar

December 8th
6 hours
Welcome Meeting

January 19th-January 20th
12:00p-2:00p
Overnight Retreat

March 9th-March 10th
10:00a-3:00p
Overnight Retreat

April 21st
10:00a-3:00p
Virtual Community/Health & Safety

May 19th
Despedida (Going Away Party)
3:00p-5:00p

August 24th-August 25th
5:00p-1:00p
Bienvenida (Overnight)

FUNDRAISING

All participants 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. Participants 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 participant 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 participant with considerable help provided by the chapter during the process.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Nicole Jackson
Acting President
Sarah Bertman
Vice President/Co-Recruitment Coordinator/Co-Training Director
Randy Proal
Fundraising Coordinator
Robin Rierdan
Treasurer
Erika Monasch
Co-Recruitment Coordinator/Co-Training Director
Jill Roth
Recruiting
Gracie Williams
Secretary/Assistant Training Director
Miranda Kuehn
Parent Liaison
Mike Nelson
At Large
Roger Williams
At Large
Thomas Goode
At Large
Lynn Karle
At Large

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