Welcome to the San Francisco Chapter of Amigos de las Américas.
AMIGOS is a leader in international youth development, creating a world in which young people realize their full potential as leaders and global citizens. We provide extraordinary volunteer abroad opportunities for youth to design and lead projects in collaboration with US and Latin American peers and partner organizations across the Americas. Our strong partner network, built over 50 years, enables authentic engagements in communities across the region.
The AMIGOS San Francisco Chapter recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS high school participants and their families from San Francisco area. Our chapter accepts participants September through December of the fall prior to each summer experience. During the months of January through June, San Francisco 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:
Upcoming AMIGOS San Francisco High School Latin America Summer Programs Info Session events! Tune in and Register!
THE AMIGOS JOURNEY
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!
FUNDING YOUR TRIP
The cost of supporting an AMIGOS participant in Latin America is significant. The San Francisco Chapter covers these costs through a combination of fundraising events, donor contacts through letter writing, online fundraising efforts, and a family fee contribution. We chose these activities to maximize our ability to provide the AMIGOS experience to all participants without regard to family financial circumstances. 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!
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.
PROGRAM fee $4,250
Deposit/application fee $50
Payment plan options available
Group fundraising participation required
THE PROGRAM FEE INCLUDES:
- Chapter training materials and workshops
- Round-Trip International Airfare
- Secondary short-term international medical insurance
- Program excursions and trainings
- Food, lodging, and transportation in Latin America
- Supplies for community project and extracurricular activities
- 24-hour emergency support system
THE PROGRAM FEE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Immunizations and pre-travel medical examinations
- Passport/visa fees
AMIGOS actively recruits and supports inclusion of participants from diverse backgrounds. AMIGOS provides need-based financial assistance with distribution determined mostly by financial need and a limited allocation based on merit. The financial assistance application is provided to each participant upon completion of chapter participation application and is due at the time of the participant’s interview. Please contact email@example.com for additional information.
HISPANIC/LATINO YOUNG LEADERS AWARD
Generous AMIGOS donors have contributed to the Hispanic/Latino Youth Leadership Fund. As was done last year, AMIGOS will distribute 10 financial assistance packages of $2,000 to chapter participants. Eligible participants must be approved by the chapter to be eligible to receive financial assistance and must come from a Hispanic/Latino background. Application instructions will be distributes to eligible participants soon. Stay tune!
SF CHAPTER BOARD FUNDRAISING EVENTS
Join the SF chapter mixology fundraising event at Bullit in San Francisco! Mingle with Latin America culture fans, Spanish language advocates and cross-cultural connections supporters. All tips raised will support our chapter scholarship program for high school students participating in a cross-cultural exchange experience in Latin America. You’ll also have a chance to win some fantastic raffle prizes! We look forward to seeing you there! RSVP HERE
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 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 Sunday afternoon trainings
- Two overnight retreats
2018 TRAINING CALENDAR
Jan/18 – Welcome & Training Day #1
Feb/10-11 – Overnight Retreat
Feb/25 – Training Day #2
Mar/11 – Training Day #3
Mar/25 – Training Day #4
Apr/8 – Training Day #5
Apr/22 – Training Day #6
May/5-6 – Overnight Retreat
May/20 – Training Day #7
(Dates can change without notice.)
AMIGOS San Francisco Chapter Board
SAN FRANCISCO AMIGOS COMMUNITY
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