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 opportunities for youth to design and lead projects in collaboration with US and Latin American peers and partner organizations across the Americas.
The AMIGOS East Bay Chapter recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS participants and their families from all over the East Bay. Our chapter recruitment begins in the fall prior to each summer experience.
HOW TO APPLY
READY TO START YOUR APPLICATION?
1. Click here to start your application. The East Bay Chapter is no longer accepting applications, but you can still apply to be a National Office Participant!
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. Complete an interview (details below).
Family Fee: $3,950 (Payment plans available.)
Late Family Fee: $5,000
Application Fee: $50 (Non-refundable and not included in the Family Fee.)
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
Family Fee: $3,950
Late Family Fee: $5,000
Application Fee: $50
AMIGOS-East Bay chapter actively recruits and supports inclusion of participants from diverse backgrounds.
AMIGOS provides needs-based financial assistance with distribution determined by family income, number of dependents, and special financial circumstances. We provide amounts of $500-$3400 to qualified applicants as reductions on the family fee.
Financial assistance applications are due on October 22, along with the standard AMIGOS application.
In addition, Participants who are returning for an additional summer receive a $650 discount on their Family Fee.
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 East Bay 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 East Bay Chapter Board of Directors.
The East Bay Chapter incorporates service learning into the AMIGOS training to add depth and first-hand experience to the curriculum. Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities.
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:
- Training meetings
- Service learning requirements
- Four online assessments to determine readiness for the summer
OVERVIEW OF FUNDRAISING
The cost of supporting an AMIGOS participant in Latin America is significant. East Bay Chapter covers these costs through a combination of fundraising (product sales and letter writing) and a family fee contribution. We have all chapter participants fundraise 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.
AMIGOS East Bay participants raise funds through the sale of products. This effort primarily takes place in November, December and January. Participants receive considerable help with regard to sales strategies, and the experience gained in this effort will definitely build important skills!
Each participant is also required to send letters 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.
To learn more about the leadership benefits of becoming an AMIGOS participant with the East Bay Chapter of AMIGOS, sign up to attend an informational session in late September and early October by visiting the chapter website: