HOW TO JOIN
READY TO APPLY?
- Explore our website. Check out our programs and review our admissions requirements.
- Learn more about the chapter path! Click around on the tabs above to learn more about our chapter’s history, funding and financial assistance, and local training.
- Submit your application (it should take around 30 minutes or less) and pay the $75 application fee to hold your spot. Questions or tech issues? Reach out to our Admissions team at [email protected].
- December 5, 2023 is the priority application and financial assistance deadline.
- January 16, 2024 is the final chapter deadline.
The Portland Chapter will host in-person information sessions:
- Session 1 on Wednesday, October 25 from 7-8PM Pacific at Grover Cleveland High School, Library (Room #275)
Session 2 on Thursday, November 30 from 7-8PM Pacific at Ida B Wells High School LibraryCANCELLED DUE TO PPS TEACHERS’ STRIKE
- Virtual Session on Thursday, November 30 from 7-8PM Pacific
- Zoom Login: https://amigosinternational-org.zoom.us/j/82572415379
- Meeting ID: 825 7241 5379
If you can’t make the scheduled info sessions, please watch the recording below.
The Portland Chapter will host virtual interviews. Applicants and parents/guardians will sign up for a time slot on a rolling basis. Interviews will take place between the following dates: November 1-17 and 27-30, December 1-17, and January 1-31.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact [email protected].
The AMIGOS Portland Chapter is part of a 10 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!
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.
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!
CLICK HERE to see photos from 2019!
AMIGOS actively recruits and supports inclusion of volunteers from diverse backgrounds. AMIGOS Portland provides need-based financial assistance (FA) with distribution determined by family income, number of dependents, and special financial circumstances.
- Priority Deadline: December 5, 2023 (for 1st round of awards/best chance for getting FA)
- Final Deadline: January 16, 2024
ADDITIONAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
All alumni interested in volunteering again with AMIGOS qualify to apply for the Alumni Award. We highly encourage you to apply for financial assistance.
- All alumni interested in volunteering again with AMIGOS qualify to apply for the Alumni Award.
- To learn more about program fees, check out the Fees and Financial Assistance webpage.
- Please reach out to Linda Ganzini, Portland FA Coordinator, via email at [email protected] with any questions about financial assistance.
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 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
- Health and safety training
- Opportunities to practice Spanish
- Creating a community of young people with shared values
Feb 4, 2024, 12:30-5:30PM: Orientation
Feb 10, 2024, 9:00AM-4:00PM: Training
Mar 3, 2024, 2:00-5:00PM: Letters Party (fundraising activity)
April 13, 2024, time TBA: Community Service at NEFP
May 18-19, 2024 (Sat 10:00AM-Sun 4:00PM): Retreat at Chrysalis Farms
June 2, 2024, 4:00-6:00PM: Departure Party
LETTER WRITING/DONOR CONTACTS
Each volunteer is required to send out 100 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 2023 CauseVox Campaign here.
Please note that airfare is not included in the Fee for Portland Chapter volunteers. Airfare estimates can be found here.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Co-President/Assistant Treasurer/Fundraising (Grapefruit)
Fundraising (Letters)/Financial Aid
Community Events/Financial Aid
Recruitment and Training Team