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 or state 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 High School Summer Programs.
READY TO APPLY?
  1. Click here to start your application.
  2. Complete your application.
  3. An AMIGOS representative from the San Francisco-North Bay Chapter will contact you to set up an interview.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINES

December 6, 2021 is the Financial Assistance Application Deadline.

January 31, 2022 is the Final Application Deadline.

 

INFO SESSIONS

The San Francisco-North Bay Chapter is currently planning their local information sessions. Please contact Krista Boscoe at kboscoe@amigosinternational.org to receive more information. Before attending a local information session, we encourage you to attend one of our HQ led info sessions. Click here to register! Please be sure to attend a Summer Program Info Session.

 

INTERVIEWS

The San Francisco-North Bay Chapter will be offering family interviews on one weekend in January and another in February. Families will have the choice between an in-person or virtual interview. The chapter will finalize a sign up form for the January interview weekend by the end of this year and distributing directly to all applicants.

 

CONTACT

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Krista Boscoe at kboscoe@amigosinternational.org.

ABOUT

The AMIGOS San Francisco-North Bay Chapter is part of a 20 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 or Colorado. Our board supports volunteers with packing, pre-departure immunizations, fundraising, and overall preparation. Learn more about our Summer Programs here!

 

OUR CHAPTER’S IDENTITY

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:
SF AMIGOS Values

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEES & FUNDING

The cost to participate in an AMIGOS Latin America Summer Program in the San Francisco-North Bay Chapter is $4,375*.

The cost to participate in an AMIGOS Western Colorado Program in the San Francisco-North Bay Chapter is $5,475*.

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

The San Francisco-North Bay Chapter covers AMIGOS program costs through a combination of family fee payments and fundraising activities. We also offer financial assistance (details below). The San Francisco-North Bay 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.

 

LETTER WRITING

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. The campaign will take place between February and April 2022. Please note that stamps are not an expense that is covered by the chapter.

 

Additional funding opportunities

All alumni interested in volunteering again with AMIGOS qualify to apply for the Alumni Award.

FEES

Non-Refundable Application Fee: $50

Latin America Project Family Fee: $4,375*

Western Colorado Project Family Fee: $5,475*

*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

The San Francisco-North Bay Chapter has a history of being passionately committed to access and affordability for all families. Financial assistance is need-based, and is applied to the Family Fee. This means that if a family receives financial assistance, they are not exempt from the group fundraising/letter writing described above. The San Francisco-North Bay Chapter regularly awards financial assistance in the range of $250–$3,800 for qualified applicants.

The Financial Assistance Application Deadline is December 6, 2021. The Financial Assistance Application is a separate application available to complete through your dashboard. Shortly after the December 6 deadline, the San Francisco-North Bay Chapter will convene to determine their local San Francisco-North Bay Chapter financial assistance award amounts. Apply here!

Please contact the Chapter Treasurer at treasurer@amigos-sanfrancisco.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 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.

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

 

Late March / Early April

Service Day – TBD

 

Sunday, April 10 1-4PM

Who: All volunteers

San Francisco Location at Sports Basement – Stonestown Location

3251 20th Avenue, Suite 390

San Francisco, CA 94132

(415) 934-2922

Marin Location – Mill Valley Public Library

 

Sunday, April 24 1-4PM

Who: All volunteers

San Francisco Location at Sports Basement – Stonestown Location

3251 20th Avenue, Suite 390

San Francisco, CA 94132

(415) 934-2922

Marin Location – TBD

 

Sunday, May 8th    1-4PM

Who: All volunteers

Where: Sports Basement, Presidio Location

610 Old Mason Street

San Francisco, CA 94129

(415) 934-2900

 

Sunday, May 15 2-5PM

Goodbye Potluck Picnic

Who: Chapter Board Members, Parents, and Volunteers

Where: Presidio Wall Playground

TEAM

San Francisco-North Bay CHAPTER BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Lucy Schaefer
President
president@amigos-sanfrancisco.org
Ted Alper
Treasurer
treasurer@amigos-sanfrancisco.org
Tenaya Smith
Secretary
Jody LeWitter
Alumni Fundraising Coordinator
info@amigos-sanfrancisco.org
Krista Boscoe
Senior Director of Recruitment
kboscoe@amigosinternational.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!

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