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 you are applying for the San Francisco 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. Attend an Info Session.
  4. Complete an interview!

 

Application Deadlines

November 5th: Priority Application Deadline

December 3rd: Final Application Deadline

 

Info Sessions

Sunday, September 30th, 3:30p
Location TBD

Sunday, October 7th, 4:00p
1296 La Playa St, San Francisco, CA 94122
RSVP here

 

ABOUT

The AMIGOS San Francisco Chapter is part of a 25 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 with packing, pre-departure immunizations, fundraising, and overall preparation. Our chapter accepts participants September through December of the fall prior to each summer experience. During the months of January through June, San Francisc Chapter participants will take part in local training and fundraising events as they prepare for their AMIGOS experience.

 

OUR CHAPTER’S IDENTITY

The San Francisco chapter seeks to embody our city and its communities. We’ve identified the following values as central to our chapter identity:
SF AMIGOS Values

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEES & FUNDING

The San Francisco chapter covers AMIGOS program costs through a combination of family fee payments and fundraising activities. We also offer financial aid (details below). The San Francisco chapter engages in a significant fundraising campaign to help support families, and especially seeks to provide the AMIGOS experience to all participants 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 participants and the needed amount of financial aid. All participants 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 participants and families throughout the fundraising process.

 

LETTER WRITING

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.

 

FEES

Application Fee: $50

Family Fee: $4,250

  • Alumni receive an additional $500 discount

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. Financial aid is need-based, and is applied to the SF chapter fee ($4,250). This means that if a family receives financial aid, it is not exempt from the group fundraising/letter writing described above. Financial aid applications are due at the final application deadline or December 3rd, and decisions will be communicated before the end of December. The amount of total available financial aid depends on the year, and the amount per participant varies depending on demonstrated family need, the amount of aid applications and total participants the chapter has in a given year.

Financial aid FAQ

  • The full application and a copy of the 1040 US Tax Form must be provided at the time of the participant’s interview to be considered for financial aid
  • The amount of the financial aid award will be provided in the participant’s acceptance letter to the San Francisco Chapter
  • The exact amount of the award will vary, but awards can be anywhere between $200-$1500

TRAINING

The transformative AMIGOS experience starts before leaving home.

With over 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 Francisco Chapter AMIGOS training is 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 Francisco 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:
  • Seven weekend afternoon trainings
  • Two overnight retreats
2019 TRAINING CALENDAR

Sunday, Jan/27
Training #1: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Saturday-Sunday, Feb/9-10
Overnight Retreat/Training #2
5:00pm – 11:00am

Sunday, Feb/24
Training #3: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Sunday, Mar/10
Training #4: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Sunday, Mar/24
Training #5: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Sunday, Apr/7
Training #6: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Saturday, Apr/20
Training #7: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Saturday-Sunday, May/4-5
Overnight Retreat/Training #8
5:00pm – 11:00am

Sunday, May/19 – Despedida

(Dates and times are subject to change)

TEAM

San Francisco CHAPTER BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kelly Diggins
Co-President
president@amigos-sanfrancisco.org
Jane Irwin
Co-President & Financial Aid
president@amigos-sanfrancisco.org
Jesse Ostroff
Vice President
info@amigos-sanfrancisco.org
David Shack
Treasurer
treasurer@amigos-sanfrancisco.org
Claire Knowles
Letter Writing Coordinator
Social Media Guru
info@amigos-sanfrancisco.org
Tenaya Smith
Secretary
Recruitment Coordinator
recruitment@amigos-sanfrancisco.org
Jody LeWitter
Events Coordinator
info@amigos-sanfrancisco.org
Jose Luna
Recruitment Coordinator
recruitment@amigos-sanfrancisco.org

TRAINING TEAM

Johnny Menhetten
Training Director
training@amigos-sanfrancisco.org

MEDIA

Join our San Francisco alum Clodagh M. and Adrienne L. on their AMIGOS journey to Azuero, Panama and Chimborazo, Ecuador.

Discover who would you become when leading as a social catalyst in Latin American communities!