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 and work on sustainable community service projects while living 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 Summer Programs.

READY TO START YOUR APPLICATION?

  1. Click here to start your application.
  2. Complete your application.
  3. An AMIGOS representative will contact you to set up an interview.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINES

November 4th: Financial assistance application deadline

December 9th: Deadline to join the San Francisco Chapter

April 7th: Final deadline to join AMIGOS for Summer 2020

 

INFO SESSIONS

Join us at an in-person info session! RSVP here!

Dates, times, and locations are below.

Monday, Sept 30th
6:00–7:00 PM
Google Community Space
188 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105

Sunday, October 13th, 2019
4:00–5:30 PM
The Lounge at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Thursday, October 24th
6:00–7:00 PM
AP Giannini Middle School – Room 209
3151 Ortega St, San Francisco, CA 94122

Sunday, November 3rd, 2019
4:00–5:30 PM
The Lounge at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Sunday, November 24th, 2019
4:00–5:30 PM
The Lounge at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Thursday, Dec 5th, 2019
6:00–7:00 PM
AP Giannini Middle School – Room 209
3151 Ortega St, San Francisco, CA 94122

 

INTERVIEWS

Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis. After attending an online info session and completing your application, an AMIGOS representative will contact you to set up an interview.

 

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 volunteers September through December of the fall prior to each summer experience. During the months of January through June, San Francisco Chapter volunteers 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 assistance (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 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.

Additional funding opportunities

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

FEES

Application Fee: $50

Family Fee: $4,250

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 2019. The fee must be paid by April 15, 2020.
  • Fees can be paid online or by mail.
  • Payment plans are available.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

The San Francisco 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 SF chapter fee ($4,250). This means that if a family receives financial assistance, it is not exempt from the group fundraising/letter writing described above. The San Francisco Chapter regularly awards financial assistance in the range of $250–$3,800 for qualified applicants.

Financial Assistance FAQ

  • The full application and a copy of the 1040 US Tax Form must be provided at the time of the volunteer’s interview to be considered for financial assistance
  • The amount of financial assistance will be provided in the volunteer’s acceptance letter to the San Francisco Chapter
  • The exact amount of the award will vary, but awards can be anywhere between $250–$3,800

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 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 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
TRAINING CALENDAR

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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!