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 with a host family 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 Summer Programs.
READY TO APPLY?
  1. Click here to start your application.
  2. Complete your application. The application should take about 25-30 minutes to complete, and we encourage you to complete it in one sitting. You may need your parent(s) or guardian(s) to support with the application process.
  3. An AMIGOS representative from the Portland Chapter will contact you to share more information and set up an interview.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINEs

January 17, 2023 is the final application deadline.

In order to be considered for financial assistance, applications must be submitted by January 4. If you apply for financial aid, please select “I would like to request a fee waiver” when prompted to pay your application fee. Your request for a waiver will be granted. We plan to notify all applicants about their financial assistance on January 11. Applications are not reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications received after January 4 will be reviewed for financial assistance only if there are remaining funds.

 

Information Sessions

The Portland Chapter is finalizing its information session schedule. More details will be posted soon! In the meantime, please contact Ashley Stiles, Outreach Coordinator, at recruitment@amigos-portland.org to schedule an informational phone call.

 

INTERVIEWS

Interviews will be held every Monday and Tuesday from November through January over Zoom. Your Portland Outreach Coordinator will reach out with an interview sign-up link after you submit your application.

 

CONTACT

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Ashley Stiles, Outreach Coordinator, via email at recruitment@amigos-portland.org.

ABOUT

The AMIGOS Portland Chapter is part of a 13 Chapter Network that recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS volunteers and families in their local community. Volunteers from the Pacific Northwest/Portland, Oregon area train together as a group before leaving for their summer experience in Latin America.  Our board supports volunteers and families with group fundraising, service learning, community building, and overall preparation. Learn more about our Summer Programs here!

 

HISTORY

Since the Portland Chapter’s incorporation in 1997, over 500 youth from Portland and its suburbs have volunteered through the chapter path, fundraising and training locally before the summer.

 

CURRENT VOLUNTEERS

Portland Chapter volunteers attend Abiqua School, Churchill, Cleveland, De La Salle, Franklin, Grant, Lake Oswego, Lincoln, Milwaukie, North Clackamas, Oregon Episcopal, Riverdale, Roosevelt, Southridge, St. Mary’s, Tigard, Tualatin, Wilson, and many more!

FEES & FUNDING

The family fee to participate in an AMIGOS Summer Program in the Portland Chapter varies by project.* Please see the Fees section to the right to review pricing.

The Portland Chapter covers AMIGOS program costs through a combination of tulip sales (April), donor contacts through letter writing (February through March), an additional fundraiser, as needed (April/May), and a family fee contribution. We chose these activities to maximize our ability to provide the AMIGOS experience to all volunteers without regard to family financial circumstances. The individual fundraising goal is approximately $2,500.

All volunteers 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 volunteers raise funds through the sale of tulips. This effort primarily takes place in April. Students 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 volunteer 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 volunteer with considerable help provided by the chapter during the process.

To see some of our fundraising efforts from last year, check out our Summer 2022 CauseVox Campaign here.

 

Additional funding AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE opportunities

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

AMIGOS actively recruits and supports inclusion of volunteers from diverse backgrounds. AMIGOS provides need-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.

In order to be considered for financial assistance, applications must be submitted by January 4. If you apply for financial aid, please select “I would like to request a fee waiver” when prompted to pay your application fee. Your request for a waiver will be granted. We plan to notify all applicants about their financial assistance on January 11. Applications are not reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications received after January 4 will be reviewed for financial assistance only if there are remaining funds. Apply here!

Please contact the Portland Chapter Treasurer at jeff@spaldingshome.com for more information.

FEES

Non-Refundable Application Fee: $50

Summer program family fees vary by project length:

  • 3-week projects: $4,075
  • 4-week projects: $4,375
  • 6-week projects: $4,575

*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.

 

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 Portland 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 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
TRAINING CALENDAR

The Portland Chapter is finalizing its training calendar for the 2022-2023 cycle. More details will be posted soon!

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jennifer Schmidt
President
info@portlandamigos.org
Jeff Spalding
Treasurer
Peggy Bartelt
Secretary
Linda Ganzini
Financial Aid and Fundraising (Letters)
Anne Nelson
Fundraising (Grapefruit)
Kirsten Gwynn
Community Events and Fundraising (CauseVox)
Susan Douglass
Training Coordinator
Dave Pribnow
Communications Coordinator
Riley Stevenson
Recruitment and Newsletter Coordinator
Ashley Stiles
Outreach Coordinator
recruitment@amigos-portland.org

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