The AMIGOS Marin Chapter recruits, trains, and supports AMIGOS participants and their families from Marin County. 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.
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.
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
Paperwork Coordinator & Interim President
|Kara Roche & Tami Jackson
Fund Development Coordinator
HOW TO APPLY
READY TO START YOUR APPLICATION?
1. The summer 2019 Application will be available soon. 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).
November 5, 2018: Priority Application Deadline
December 3, 2018: Final Application Deadline
Info Sessions + INTERVIEWS
We will be hosting local informational meetings for interested families.
Dates and locations TBD!
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 5, 2018): $3,950
Final Deadline Family Fee (Apply by December 3, 2018): $4,250
*Payment plans available.
Application Fee: $50 (Non-refundable and not included in the Family Fee.)
- 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 or packing materials (i.e. cot, backpack, etc.)
- Passport/visa fees
DUE DATES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS
- Participants pay their family fees beginning December 15, 2018. The fee must be paid in full 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 $500-$1,000 to qualified applicants as deductions to the family fee. Participants who are returning for an additional summer receive a $500 discount.
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.
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!
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.
Sunday, August 19th, 2018: Parents Attend Entire Event
Welcome Home + Alumni Engagement Party
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Loch Lomond Yacht Club, San Rafael
Summer 2019 Training Dates:
Training for summer 2019 will run from mid-January, 2019 to mid-May, 2019. The local training will consist of 7 to 8 weekend training events during that period.
Full schedule to be shared soon.
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