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.


  1. Explore our website. Check out our programs and review our admissions requirements.
  2. Learn more about the chapter path! Click around on the tabs above to learn more about our chapter’s history, funding and financial assistance, and local training.
  3. Submit your application (it should take around 30 minutes or less) and pay the $75 application fee to hold your spot. Questions or tech issues? Reach out to our Admissions team at [email protected].


  • December 5, 2023 is the priority financial assistance deadline.
  • January 16, 2024 is the final chapter deadline.



The San Francisco-North Bay Chapter is having an in-person information session on Thursday, November 30 from 6-7:30PM Pacific at Potrero Hill in San Francisco. The address will be shared with confirmed attendees. Space is limited at 20 people; RSVPs are required. RSVP through this link!

The chapter is also finalizing a pre-recorded information session. Check back soon to watch the recording and learn more about the benefits of joining the local chapter!

To learn more about project specifics, please attend one of our HQ led online information sessions or schedule a 1:1 counseling call!



The San Francisco-North Bay Chapter is hosting an Interview Day on Saturday, January 27 at the Presidio Sports Basement, Time TBD. Please note that the volunteer and at least one parent or guardian is required to attend. The chapter will also offer Zoom interviews for families with scheduling conflicts.



If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Charlotte Doughty at [email protected].


The AMIGOS San Francisco-North Bay Chapter is part of a 10 Chapter Network that recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS volunteers and families in their local community. Volunteers from San Francisco 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!

San Francisco-North Bay Chapter Summer 2023 volunteers!

Since the San Francisco-North Bay Chapter’s incorporation in 2013, over 150 youth from San Francisco and its surrounding suburbs have volunteered through the chapter path, fundraising and training locally before the summer.


Current Volunteers

San Francisco-North Bay Chapter volunteers attend Lowell High School, Marin Academy, Marin Catholic, Redwood High School, Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, San Francisco University High School, San Rafael High, School of the Arts, San Francisco Waldorf School, and many more!



The San Francisco-North Bay Chapter seeks to embody our city and its communities. We’ve identified the following values as central to our chapter identity:



It is our mission to support every student that wants to participate in AMIGOS, regardless of family income. We offer a range of financial assistance packages on a case-by-case basis and encourage you to apply and work with us to find a price point that works best for your family.

While this income scale represents a potential range for family fee, each financial assistance application is reviewed for special circumstances that may not be represented in family income. Our goal is to make the Amigos program as accessible as possible.

The San Francisco-North Bay Chapter will waive the $75 application fee for financial assistance applicants. On the application, students should select that they intend to apply for financial assistance. Then, at the end of the application, they should select, “I request a fee waiver”.

Financial assistance applications are reviewed on a rolling basis starting in December until the deadline. The Financial Assistance Application is a separate application available to complete through your dashboard. Please contact the Chapter Treasurer at [email protected] for more information.



All alumni interested in volunteering again with AMIGOS qualify to apply for the Alumni Award. We highly encourage you to apply for financial assistance.

  • Please reach out to the AMIGOS San Francisco-North Bay Treasurer with any questions regarding financial assistance via email at [email protected].


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 Francisco Chapter AMIGOS training is 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 students succeed beyond AMIGOS. Training sessions are facilitated by the Training Team and include guest speakers from the community and the San Francisco-North Bay Chapter Board of Directors.

Volunteers learning about the AMIGOS vision and mission.
  • 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

All training meetings, except for the overnight, will be held at the Presidio Sports Basement in The Dairy from 1-5pm (610 Old Mason Street San Francisco, CA 94129)

  • February 4
  • February 18
  • March 2-3 – Overnight Retreat (Details TBD)
  • March 17
  • April 7
  • April 21
  • April 28
  • May 5
  • May 18 – Despedida, Sports Basement Presidio, Time TBD



AMIGOS San Francisco-North Bay provides chapter discounts, offers financial assistance, and covers local program costs through fundraising activities. The chapter engages in a significant fundraising campaign to help support families, and especially seeks to provide the AMIGOS experience to all volunteers without regard to family financial circumstances.

The fundraising proceeds are pooled between all chapter families as a group through a letter writing campaign. Thus, the targeted fundraising amount will vary by year, depending on the number of volunteers and the needed amount of financial assistance. All volunteers are required to fully take part in fundraising, which is an important component of the pre-summer training program. The chapter provides significant support to students and families throughout the fundraising process.


Each volunteer is required to send out a combination of 75 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. The campaign will take place between February and April 2024. Please note that stamps are not an expense that is covered by the chapter.

To see some of our fundraising efforts from last year, check out our Summer 2023 CauseVox Campaign here.


Lucy Schaefer
[email protected]


Bill Rusitzky
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Suzanne Bryan


Andrea Richerson


Krista Boscoe
[email protected]


Charlotte Doughty
Recruitment and Training
[email protected]


San Francisco-North Bay Chapter board members, alumni, and friends!