How to apply:
If you are a new volunteer who was not signed up for an AMIGOS program in 2020, you will be applying through our National Chapter. Once you complete your application, you will receive an email from our Admissions team outlining next steps! Learn more about the National Chapter here.
The AMIGOS Portland Chapter is part of a 25 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 with packing, pre-departure immunizations, fundraising, and overall preparation. Due to restrictions related to COVID-19, any new volunteers from the Portland area applying to 2021 programs should apply through the AMIGOS National Chapter.
Portland 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
FEES & FUNDING
The Portland Chapter covers AMIGOS program 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 volunteers without regard to family financial circumstances. The individual fundraising goal is approximately $3,000. 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.
AMIGOS Portland volunteers raise funds through the sale of grapefruits. Orders can be submitted by clicking on this link. This effort primarily takes place in December and January for the holiday season; an additional fundraiser may be done in March/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.
Additional funding opportunities
All alumni interested in volunteering again with AMIGOS qualify to apply for the Alumni Award. More info here.
AMIGOS actively recruits and supports inclusion of volunteers 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.
- 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
For any family reapplying from Summer 2020, Family Financial Agreements will need to be to be resigned.
Reach out to your Local Chapter for specifics about your financial agreement this year.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE DEADLINE
The Portland Chapter has approximately $10,000 to award to qualified applicants. Each volunteer is expected to apply for the National Young Leaders Award. At this time, the financial assistance application deadline has passed.
TRAINING & CALENDAR
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.
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
Co-President (Parent Support)
Paperwork Coordinator and Secretary
|Mark Cooksey and Sara Love
Fundraising Coordinator (Letters)
Fundraising Coordinator (Grapefruit)
Amigos 2019 (Click to see photos)