Are you ready for an Adventure?

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, work on sustainable community service projects, and live with a host family. 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 2019 Summer Programs.

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 AMIGOS International website. Please come with a parent or guardian to one of our two fall INFORMATION SESSIONS shown below.

InfoRMATION Sessions

Tuesday, October 23rd, 7:00-8:30p
Cleveland High School Library
3400 SE 26th Avenue, Portland

Tuesday, October 30th, 6:15-7:30p
Hillsdale Branch Library
1525 SW Sunset Blvd, Portland

READY TO START YOUR APPLICATION?

1. Click here to start your application. Make sure you are applying to the Portland Chapter..
2. Complete your application and pay your $50 application fee. If you are applying for financial aid, complete the financial aid section within the application.
3. Complete an interview (details below).

Interviews

Sunday, October 28th, 9:30a-4:30p
Walsh Construction

Saturday, November 3rd, 9:30a-4:30p
Walsh Construction

Sign-up for Interviews by completing this form.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

November 5: Priority Deadline

December 3: Final Deadline

Contact

If you are unable to attend an info session or have any questions about the Portland Chapter, please contact info@portlandamigos.org.

ABOUT

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. Our chapter accepts participants October through November of the fall prior to each summer experience. During the months of November through June, Portland Chapter volunteers will take part in local training and fundraising events as they prepare for their AMIGOS experience.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Sunday, November 4th – Exploring AMIGOS Fair

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 participants without regard to family financial circumstances. 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 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.

Fees

Family Fee: $4,250 (Payment plans available. Alumni receive a $500 discount.)

Application Fee: $50 (Non-refundable and not included in the Family Fee.)

Group fundraising participation required

FEES INCLUDE

  • 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

  • Participants pay their family fees beginning January 6, 2019. The fee must be paid by April 15, 2019.
  • Fees can be paid online or by mail.
  • Payment plans are available.

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 December 12th. Please contact your Chapter Treasurer (Mark Cooksey) for additional information and forms. Veteran AMIGOS participants who are returning for an additional summer are given a $500 discount from the family fee.

Financial Aid Deadline

Click here to download National Office application for the AMIGOS Young Leaders Award 2019.  This applications is due by November 12, 2018

December 12th

TRAINING & CALENDAR

The transformative AMIGOS experience starts before leaving home.

With over 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 volunteers 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/second Sunday of the month (November through June)
  • Parent participation in supporting the group
  • Two overnight retreats
  • Service learning requirements
  • Online assessments to determine readiness for the summer
  • Spanish conversation

CALENDAR

Sunday, November 4th
3:00-5:00p
Explore Amigos Fair
Grapefruit Meeting

Monday, November 5th
11:30p
Priority Deadline for Application

Monday, November 12th
11:30p
Young Leaders Award Deadline Application

Sunday, December 2nd
2:30-5:30p
Orientation (Volunteers & Parents)
Letter Writing Training

Wednesday, December 6th
11:30p
Chapter Application Deadline

Saturday, December 8th
Grapefruit Delivery 1

Sunday, January 6th
1:00-3:30p
Training & Parent Meeting
3:30-7:00p
Letter Writing Party

Friday, February 1st-Saturday, February 2nd
7:00p-2:00p
Overnight Retreat
Location TBA

Saturday, February 2nd
12:00-1:00p
Parent Meeting

Saturday, March 2nd
Mercy Corps Training
Parent Meeting
Time and location TBA

Sunday, April 7th
1:30-2:30p
Health & Safety Presentation
2:30-6:00p
Training
Location TBA

Friday, May 10th-Sunday, May 12th
Fri 7:00p-Sun 12:00p
Chrysallis Farms

Sunday, May 12th
9:30-11:00a
Parent Meeting

Sunday, June 2nd
5:00-7:00p
Send Off Party
Location TBA

Sunday, August 25th
5:00-7:00p
Return Party
Location TBA

FUNDRAISING

BOARD

Jennifer Schmidt
President
Info@portlandamigos.org
Mark Cooksey and Anne Nelson
Treasurers
Peggy Bartelt
Past President and Summer Liason
Kirsten Gwynn
Paperwork Coordinator and Secretary
Paperwork@portlandamigos.org
Jeff Spalding
Vice President and Web Master
Dave Pribnow
Archive Coordinator
Kate English and Kathleen Miller
Parent and Training Liaison
Riley Stevenson

OutReach Coordinator

 

MEDIA

Amigos 2018 (Click to see photos)