ABOUT

THE PORTLAND CHAPTER IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER 2017
TO APPLY THROUGH THE INTERNATIONAL OFFICE, CLICK “APPLY” ABOVE

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. Our strong partner network, built over 50 years, enables authentic engagements in communities across the region.

The AMIGOS Portland Chapter recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS participants and their families from the Pacific Northwest/Portland, Oregon area. Our chapter accepts participants October through November of the fall prior to each summer experience. During the months of November through May/June, Portland Chapter participants will take part in local training and fundraising events as they prepare for their AMIGOS experience.

Are you interested? We hope so! Find out more now by exploring other pages here on our Portland Chapter website and especially by checking out the International AMIGOS website pages linked at the top of this page (ABOUT and PROGRAMS).

If you have any questions specifically about the Portland Chapter of AMIGOS, please send us an email info@portlandamigos.org

CALENDAR

 

Next INTERVIEWS will be held on October 29th 9AM – 3PM at Augustana Church

2710 NE 14th, Portland, OR

Different Interview times may be scheduled, if needed – email info@portlandamigos.org

FUNDRAISING

The cost of supporting an AMIGOS participant in Latin America is significant. Portland Chapter covers these costs through a combination of citrus fruit sales (December and January), donor contacts through letter writing (December through May), an additional fundraiser, as needed (March/April), 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. Detailed financial information, including family fees, financial assistance and fundraising are discussed at our Information Sessions and then again more completely at Candidate and Parent Interviews.

PRODUCT SALES

AMIGOS Portland participants raise funds through the sale of grapefruits. This effort primarily takes place in December and January for the holiday season; an additional fundraiser may be done in March/April. Participants receive considerable help with regard to sales strategies, and the experience gained in this effort will definitely build important skills that can be applied in summer projects!

LETTER WRITING/DONOR CONTACTS

Each participant is also required to send out letters to friends, family and other contacts, requesting individual tax-deductible donations to the Chapter (the revenue from this effort is pooled). Letters are written by the participant with considerable help provided by the Chapter during the process.

FAMILY FEE

Chapter deposit/application fee $100 (included as part of the family fee)

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

FINANCIAL AID

AMIGOS 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 assistance to qualified applicants as deductions on the family fee. Financial assistance applications are due n February 1st, 2016. Please contact your Chapter Treasurer for additional information. Veteran AMIGOS participants who are returning for an additional summer are given a $365 discount from the family fee.

FINANCIAL AID DEADLINE February 1, 2017

TRAINING

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 Portland 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 Portland Chapter Board of Directors.

SERVICE LEARNING

The Portland 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:
  • Trainings generally on the first Saturday of the month (November through May/June)
  • Parent participation in supporting the group
  • Two overnight retreats
  • Service learning requirements
  • Online assessments to determine readiness for the summer
  • Spanish conversation

LEADERSHIP

Board of Directors

Jennifer Schmidt
President
Info@portlandamigos.org
Mark Cooksey
Treasurer
Holly VanderSchaf and Peggy Bartelt
Past Presidents
Dave Pribnow
Paperwork/Application Coordinator
Paperwork@portlandamigos.org
Kathleen Miller, Kirsten Gwynn and Jeff Spalding
Recruitment
Dick Stokes, Kirsten Gwynn
Secretaries
Kate English
Parent and Training Liaison

MEDIA