HOW TO APPLY
READY TO APPLY?
- Click here to start your application.
- 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.
- An AMIGOS representative from the Portland Chapter will contact you to share more information and set up an interview.
January 24, 2023, is the final application deadline.
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. Applications received after Jan 24 can be processed if there is time for an interview to be completed before Feb 1.
Contact Jenny Schmidt, Outreach Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
For more information, go to the Fees and Fundraising tab above.
Interviews will be held over Zoom, starting at 6:30pm. Interviews last one hour and the applicant and at least one parent or guardian are required to attend. Your Portland Outreach Coordinator will reach out with an interview sign-up link after you submit your application.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Jenny Schmidt, Outreach Coordinator, via email at email@example.com.
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!
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!
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.
AMIGOS Portland volunteers raise funds through the sale of tulips. This effort to sell 2 boxes 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 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 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 24. 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. Applications received after January 24 will be reviewed for financial assistance only if there are remaining funds. Apply here!
Please contact the Portland Chapter Treasurer at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Non-Refundable Application Fee: $50 (fee waived for financial assistance applicants)
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.
- 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.
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
- Feb 5, 12:30-5:30pm — Orientation
- Feb 11, 9am-4pm — Training
- March 5, 2pm-5pm — Letters Addressing Party
- April — Tulip sale & Possible Community Event
- May 20-21, Sat 10am-Sun 4pm — Overnight retreat
- June 4, 4-6pm — Departure Party
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Financial Aid and Fundraising (Letters)
Community Events and Fundraising (CauseVox)
Recruitment and Newsletter Coordinator