HOW TO APPLY

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 and work on sustainable community service projects while living 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 Summer Programs.

 

READY TO START YOUR APPLICATION?

  1. Click here to start your application.
  2. Complete your application.
  3. An AMIGOS representative will contact you to set up an interview.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINES

The Sacramento-Davis Chapter has extended their deadline!

January 15th: Deadline to join the Sacramento-Davis Chapter

April 7th: Final deadline to join AMIGOS through the National Chapter

 

INFO SESSIONS

Please attend one of our online info sessions. Be sure to watch the Info Session titled “Summer Program.” Once you watch this, please fill out this form and we will contact you with more information.

 

INTERVIEWS

Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis. After attending an online info session and completing your application, an AMIGOS representative will contact you to set up an interview.

 

ABOUT

The AMIGOS Sacramento-Davis Chapter is part of a 25 Chapter Network that recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS volunteers and families in their local community. Volunteers from the Sacramento-Davis 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 September through December of the fall prior to each summer experience. During the months of January through June, Sacramento-Davis Chapter volunteers will take part in local training and fundraising events as they prepare for their AMIGOS experience.

FEES & FUNDING

The Sacramento-Davis Chapter covers AMIGOS program costs through a combination of family payments and fundraising activities. This approach allows us to keep costs to families low while teaching valuable fundraising and community outreach skills. All volunteers are required to fully take part in fundraising activities as fundraising skills are an important component of AMIGOS training program and raise awareness of AMIGOS programs in the community.

LETTER WRITING/DONOR CONTACTS

Each volunteer is required to send out a combination of letters and emails to friends, family and supporters to request individual tax-deductible donations(the revenue from this effort is pooled). Letters are written by the volunteer with considerable help provided by the chapter during the process.

FEES

Application Fee: $50

Family Fee: $4,250

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 December 15, 2019. The fee must be paid by April 15, 2020.
  • Fees can be paid online or by mail.
  • Payment plans are available.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

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. Please click here for more information on financial assistance and other ways of funding your trip.

TRAINING

The transformative AMIGOS experience starts before leaving home.

With 50 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 Sacramento-Davis Chapter holds training events that 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 Sacramento-Davis Chapter Board of Directors. Training takes place throughout winter and spring, but the Sacramento-Davis Chapter is here much before that as a resource and support.

 

SERVICE LEARNING

The Sacramento-Davis Chapter encourages service learning into the pre-AMIGOS experience 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. Our Sacramento-Davis AMIGOS nationally based program, Backyard Program, is available to pair up with other local youth doing community development in their own 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, August 25th
4:00-6:30p
Welcome Home Party (Volunteers & Parents)

Training schedule and locations will be announced later in the fall. 

FUNDRAISING

The Sacramento-Davis Chapter covers AMIGOS program costs through a combination of donor contacts through letter writing, yard sales, other fundraising, 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. 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.

YARD SALES

AMIGOS Sacramento-Davis volunteers raise funds through yard sales. Students receive considerable help with regard to sales strategies, and the experience gained in this effort will definitely build important skills!

LETTER WRITING/DONOR CONTACTS

Each volunteer is also required to send out letters to friends and family, to request individual tax-deductible donations (the revenue from this effort is pooled). Letters are written by the volunteer with considerable help provided by the chapter during the process.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Cindy Goodale
President
Jim Gaston
Treasurer
Phil Cunningham
At Large
Stanley Benedict
At Large
Sidney Faust
Training & Recruitment Director
Contact the Board at
info@amigos-sacdavis.org

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