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Leadership and Cultural Awareness Workshop

The AMIGOS Portland Chapter is excited to provide high school students with its Leadership and Cultural Awareness Workshop! This virtual workshop incorporates elements of training materials from Amigos de las Americas and is an excellent opportunity for high school students wanting to sharpen their leadership skills, practice Spanish language, strengthen an individual’s communication and cross-cultural understanding.

 

WORKSHOP DATES
The 2021 workshop will run for four sessions starting the last week of October ending the week of November 15th. The workshop is tentatively planned for Mondays from 4-6 p.m. PST. This could change depending on participants and leaders’ availability.

 

Requirements
There is a $40 cost for the Leadership and Cultural Awareness Workshop. The workshop is geared for students in the ages of 15 yrs. to 18yrs.

 

READY TO APPLY?

Register HERE or by using this QR code:

Summer 2022 Programs

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 or state 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 High School Programs.
READY TO APPLY?
  1. Click here to start your application.
  2. Complete your application.
  3. An AMIGOS representative from the Portland Chapter will contact you to set up an interview.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINES

December 6, 2021 is the Financial Assistance Application Deadline.

January 31, 2022 is the Final Application Deadline.

 

INFO SESSIONS

The Portland Chapter is hosting information sessions via zoom. Please register here.

  • Sunday, October 17th at 6 pm
  • Thursday, October 21st at 6 pm

In addition to attending a local Portland Chapter information session, we encourage you to attend one of our HQ led info sessions. Click here to register! Please be sure to attend a Summer Program Info Session.

 

INTERVIEWS

Interviews will be held on a rolling basis. Once you attend an information session and complete your application, a representative from the Portland Chapter will contact you to schedule your family interview.

 

CONTACT

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact recruitment@amigos-portland.org.

ABOUT

The AMIGOS Portland Chapter is part of a 20 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 or Colorado. Our board supports volunteers with packing, pre-departure immunizations, fundraising, and overall preparation. Learn more about our Summer Programs here!

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 cost to participate in an AMIGOS Latin America Summer Program in the Portland Chapter is $3,975*.

The cost to participate in an AMIGOS Western Colorado Program in the Portland Chapter is $5,075*.

The Portland Chapter covers AMIGOS program costs through a combination of tulip sales (April), donor contacts through letter writing (February 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.

*Flight costs are not included. Learn more about airfare and travel support here.

 

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.

 

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.

The Financial Assistance Application Deadline is December 6, 2021. The Financial Assistance Application is a separate application available to complete through your dashboard. Shortly after the December 6 deadline, the Houston Chapter will convene to determine their local Houston Chapter financial assistance award amounts. Apply here!

Please contact the Chapter Treasurer at sara.love.nd@gmail.com for more information.

FEES

Non-Refundable Application Fee: $50

Latin America Project Family Fee: $3,975*

Western Colorado Project Family Fee: $5,075*

*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 & 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.

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
  • Sunday, February 6: Orientation (3 hrs)
  • Saturday, February 25: Retreat 9am-5pm (8 hours)
  • Sunday, March 6: Letters Party (3 hours)
  • Sunday, April 3: Tulip training on Zoom (1 hour)
    • April 10-24: Tulip Sales
  • Saturday-Sunday, May 21-22: Chrysallis Farms Saturday 9am to Sunday (29 hours)
  • Sunday June 5: Despedida (2 hours)

BOARD

Jennifer Schmidt
Co-President (Parent Support)
Info@portlandamigos.org
Jeff Spalding
Co-President (Recruitment)
Peggy Bartelt
Summer Communications
Kirsten Gwynn
Paperwork Coordinator and Secretary
Paperwork@portlandamigos.org
Mark Cooksey and Sara Love
Treasurers
Dave Pribnow
Communications Coordinator
Kate English
Fundraising Coordinator (Letters)
Anne Nelson
Fundraising Coordinator (Grapefruit)
Kathleen Miller
Event Support
Molly Newgard
Alumni Relations

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