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 2019 Summer Programs.



November 5, 2018: Priority Application Deadline (fee discount if you apply by this date)

December 3, 2018: Final Application Deadline


Info Sessions + INTERVIEWS

Please join our local chapter leaders at an upcoming informational meeting to meet alumni, board members and learn more about AMIGOS Marin! We will offer informal interviews at these information sessions for those ready to join the chapter.

Sunday, October 21st at 4:30 PM at 249 Crest Rd, Novato – the home of Cary Parent: current board member and parent of 2 AMIGOS alumni

Sunday, November 4th at 4:30 PM at 11 Eugene St., Mill Valley, CA – home of Kara Roche: alumni and parent of 2018 alumni

 RSVP to attend an info session 



1. The summer 2019 Application is now available here! Make sure to select that you are applying for the Marin 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.



Please email if you have questions or would like more information.


The AMIGOS Marin Chapter is part of a 25 Chapter Network that recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS volunteers and families in their local community. Our chapter accepts participants during the fall prior to each summer experience. During the months of November through May, Marin Chapter participants will take part in local training and fundraising events as they prepare for their AMIGOS experience.

The Marin Chapter has been in existence since 1971. Anne Kimball of Marin was the first and the only Marin teenager to travel to Central America with AMIGOS in the summer of 1970 to conduct inoculation clinics in Honduras. She commuted to San Mateo that year to train, but the following year her enthusiasm led her to the enlistment of 15 Marin teens and the formation of the Marin Chapter. Since then, we have sent nearly 1,000 participants into the field!

AMIGOS is a leader in international youth development, creating a world in which young people realize their full potential as leaders and global citizens. We provide extraordinary opportunities for youth to design and lead projects in collaboration with US and Latin American peers and partner organizations across the Americas. Our strong partner network, built over 50 years, enables authentic engagements in communities across the region.


Marin Volunteers Attend:

Branson • Credo • Marin Catholic • Novato • Redwood High • San Domenico • San Marin • San Rafael • Sir Francis Drake • Tamalpais High • Tamiscal High


The Marin Chapter covers AMIGOS program costs through a combination of product sales, donor contacts through an online campaign, 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 participants 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.


AMIGOS Marin participants raise funds through the sale of grapefruit, poinsettias, and chocolate. This effort primarily takes place in November and December, with follow-up phone calling in the spring. Participants receive considerable help with regard to sales strategies, and the experience gained in this effort will build important skills.



Each participant will set up a fundraising web page and send letters via email to friends, family, and other contacts, requesting individual tax-deductible donations (the revenue from this effort is pooled). Ample support is provided at each step of the process.




Priority Application Family Fee (Apply by November 5, 2018): $3,950

Final Deadline Family Fee (Apply by December 3, 2018): $4,250

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


  • 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.


  • Participants pay their family fees beginning December 15, 2018. The fee must be paid by April 15, 2019.
  • Fees can be paid online or by mail.
  • Payment plans are available.


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 $250-$2,000 to qualified applicants as deductions to the family fee. Participants who are returning for an additional summer receive a $500 discount.


  • Must apply by November 5th to be eligible for financial aid
  • Awards vary and range from $250 – $2,000
  • Aid is not generally awarded to applicants whose families have a gross income of more than $65,000 a year unless there are special circumstances


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 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 Marin Chapter AMIGOS training is youth-led, experiential learning that prepares participants for their AMIGOS experience, builds a community of youth and families with shared values, and develops life-skills to help participants succeed beyond AMIGOS.


  • 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



All training sessions are held at the Elks Lodge, 1213 Mission Street in San Rafael, unless otherwise indicated


Saturday, November 10, 2018 , 2:00 – 5:00 pm (parents attend entire event)

Welcome and Product Sales Kickoff meeting


Sunday, January 13, 2019, 1:00 – 4:00 pm (parents attend first hour)



Saturday, January 26 – Sunday, January 27, 10:00 am Saturday – noon Sunday

Overnight at the Point Bonita YMCA


Sunday, February 10, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Fundraising meeting


Sunday, March 3, 11:00am – 4:00 pm



Sunday, March 17, 11:00am – 4:00 pm



Saturday in April, TBD

Youth Encuentro in San Francisco with volunteers from other Bay Area AMIGOS chapters


Sunday, April 28, 11:00am – 4:00 pm (parents attend from 2:00 to 4:00)



Sunday, May 19, 10:00am – 4:00 pm (parents attend from 2:30 to 4:00)

Final Training, Farewell Party


Sunday, August 18, 2:00 – 4:00 pm (parents attend entire event)

Welcome Home Party


Kate Rider
Carey Parent
Caitlin Foulis
Judith Wright
Marketing Coordinator
Brendan Hickey
Marketing Coordinator
Cinda Voutselas
Kara Roche & Tami Jackson
Recruitment Coordinators
Finis Smith
Parent Liaison
Cutter Dawes
Spanish Liaison
David Fried
Fund Development Coordinator
Ann Moreira
Ronda Dunn
Product Sales

Training Team


Miriam Wyatt
Training Director



Learn more about the AMIGOS experience through the stories of our 2018 alumni:


Relive the adventures of AMIGOS 2018 through this beautiful slideshow!

The latest short video from Amigos’ National Office

Some more great info on the Amigos’ program from National Office