ABOUT

The AMIGOS Marin Chapter recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS participants and their families from Marin County. Our chapter accepts participants from the fall until early February prior to each summer experience. During the months of January through June, 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, and continue to have one of the largest, strongest chapters in the country.

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.

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 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. Training sessions are facilitated by the Training Team and include guest speakers from the community and the Marin Chapter Board of Directors.

 

 

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

 

Board of Directors

Kate Rider
Paperwork Coordinator & Interim President
415-342-5527
Paperwork@amigos-marin.org
Jessica Thrasher
Vice President
415-246-3264
vp@amigos-marin.org
DemiRae Bacho
Alumni Coordinator
415-342-5527
alumni-coordinator@amigos-marin.org
Judith Wright
Marketing Coordinator
415-389-1450
judith@wright-group.com
Marketing@amigos-marin.org
Brendan Hickey
Marketing Coordinator
415-389-1450
Marketing@amigos-marin.org
Carey Parent
Treasurer
415-637-3669
Treasurer@amigos-marin.org
Antonia Herald
Recruitment
925-899-8021
Recruitment@amigos-marin.org
Finis Smith
Parent-Coordinator
415-215-6263
Parent-Coordinator@amigos-marin.org
Caitlin Foulis
Secretary
415-717-9789
Secretary@amigos-marin.org
David Fried
Fund Development Coordinator
Outreach@amigos-marin.org
Ann Moreira
Hospitality
415-300-6759
Hospitality@amigos-marin.org
Lesley Ball
Product Sales
415-900-8950
Fundraising@amigos-marin.org
Zack Ostiller
Spanish Liaison
415-342-4722
coordinador-de-espanol@amigos-marin.org
Colin Phillips
Webmaster
Technical-support@amigos-marin.org

Training Team

Antonia Harold
Training Director
925-899-8021
Training@amigos-marin.org

EMAIL ENTIRE BOARD

HOW TO APPLY

READY TO START YOUR APPLICATION?

1. Click here to start your application. 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 (details below).

 

DEADLINES

February 2, 2018: Extended Chapter Application Deadline

 

Info Sessions

Tuesday January 9, 2018

Held from 6:30-7:30pm at The Elk’s Lodge
1312 Mission Ave., San Rafael CA

 

Interviews

After you compete your application, sign up for an interview here

All interviews will be held at the Elk’s Lodge from 7:30-8:30pm on info session days

PRICING

The Marin 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.

 

Priority Application Family Fee (Apply by November 13, 2017): $4,250

Standard Family Fee (Apply by February 2, 2018): $5,250

*Payment plans available.

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

Group Fundraising is required at all fee levels, but those paying higher fees will do less fundraising

 

FEES INCLUDES

  • Training materials and workshops
  • Round-trip domestic and international airfare
  • 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

FEES DO NOT INCLUDE

  • Immunizations and pre-travel medical examinations
  • Passport/visa fees

DUE DATES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS

  • Participants pay their family fees beginning December 15, 2017. The fee must be paid by April 15, 2018.
  • 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 $500-$1,000 to qualified applicants as deductions to the family fee. Participants who are returning for an additional summer receive a $500 discount.

FUNDRAISING

The cost of supporting an AMIGOS participant in Latin America is significant. The Marin Chapter covers these costs through a combination of product sales, donor contacts through an online campaign, a third fundraiser to be determined, 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.

PRODUCT SALES

AMIGOS Marin participants raise funds through the sale of cases of grapefruit and poinsettias. 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 definitely build important skills!

DONOR CONTACTS

Each participant will send letters via emails to friends, family, and other contacts, requesting individual tax-deductible donations (the revenue from this effort is pooled). Letters are written by the participant with considerable help provided by the chapter during the process.

Additional Fundraising Campaign

Each participant will also take part in a third fundraiser in the spring. Specifics are to be determined.

CALENDAR

Training Events

Sunday, January 21st: Parents Attend Entire Event

Orientation
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Marin Lutheran Church
Please note changes to time and location!

 

Sat. February 10th – Sun. February 11th

Day 1 & 2: Amigos 101 & Community Development
10:00 am Sat. – 12:00 pm Sun.
Location TBA

 

Sunday, March 4th:

Day 3: Youth Leadership & Multicultural Understanding
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Elks Lodge, San Rafael

 

Sunday, March 18th:

Day 4: Safety & Cultural Sensitivity
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Elks Lodge, San Rafael

 

Saturday, April 7th:

Youth Encuentro
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
San Francisco

 

Sunday, April 29th: Parents Attend (partial) 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Day 5: Packing & Preparation
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Elks Lodge, San Rafael

 

Saturday – Sunday, May 26th – 27th: Parents Attend (partial) 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Day 6: Overnight Retreat & Good Bye Party
11:00 am Sat. – 12:00 pm Sun.
Naturebridge, Sausalito

 

Sunday, August 19th: Parents Attend Entire Event

Welcome Home + Alumni Engagement Party
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Loch Lomond Yacht Club, San Rafael

MEDIA

The Marin Chapter’s 2016 Participants and Parents describe their Amigos preparation and experiences. Short version (top) and long version (below).

The latest short video from Amigos’ National Office

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