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2014 ¡Welcome, Bienvenidos !. Who We Are. Chapter Board Members Training Staff Alumni . Tonight\'s Agenda. AMIGOS Video Overview of AMIGOS AMIGOS Projects Health & Safety in Latin America Chapter Training Program Financial Information Personal Stories Q & A.

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2014

¡Welcome, Bienvenidos!

who we are
Who We Are
  • Chapter Board Members
  • Training Staff
  • Alumni
tonight s agenda
Tonight\'s Agenda
  • AMIGOS Video
  • Overview of AMIGOS
  • AMIGOS Projects
  • Health & Safety in Latin America
  • Chapter Training Program
  • Financial Information
  • Personal Stories
  • Q & A
amigos mission statement
AMIGOS Mission Statement

Amigos de lasAméricas

inspires and builds

young leaders through

collaborative community

development and

immersion in cross-

cultural experiences.

overview o f amigos
Overview of AMIGOS
  • Started in 1965
  • 26 Chapters
  • 700+ Volunteers per year
  • 13 Summer Programs in9 Countries
    • 4-9 Weeks
  • 3 Gap Year Programs
amigos project structure
AMIGOS Project Structure
  • Projects led and managed by a team trained staff memberswith international and youth management experience
  • In Summer Programs, partnerships of 2-3 Volunteers live and work in small and semi-urban communities
  • Volunteers collaborate with community members and partner agencies (e.g. Plan International, Ministries of Health)
  • Focus of each project is unique to country and project area
what do volunteers do
What do Volunteers Do?
  • Live with a host family
  • Work on one or more community-led projects
  • Collaborate with local youth and community members
  • Facilitate educational day camps
project themes
Project Themes
  • Advance Health Initiatives
  • Collaborate for Environmental Sustainability
  • Launch Social Enterprises
  • Advocate for Human Rights
  • Inspire Creative Expression
  • Promote Sports and Fitness
2014 project countries
2014 Project Countries
  • Dominican Republic
  • Mexico
  • Panama
  • Costa Rica
  • Nicaragua
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Peru
  • Paraguay
  • Brazil (gap year only)
amigos volunteers gain
AMIGOS Volunteers Gain…
  • Leadership and public speaking skills
  • First-hand community development experience
  • Improved Spanish, Quechua, and
  • Guarani language abilities
  • Cultural awareness
  • Opportunity to return on
  • Project Staff to lead Projects
health safety in latin america
Health & Safety in Latin America
  • Volunteer safety is highest priority
  • Extensive health and safety training
  • Communities & host families screened
  • Individualized emergency communication plan for each Volunteer
  • 24/7 On-Call communication system
  • Standards of Personal Conduct and Community Behavior
  • Partnerships with reliable medical facilities
  • All Volunteers registered with U.S. Embassy
latin american medical facilities
Latin American Medical Facilities
  • High Level of Care available at Regional or National Health Facilities if needed.

Caption: Centro Medico San Juan in San Juan, Dominican Republic

preparing for an amigos summer
Preparing for an AMIGOS Summer

Pre-Summer Training on:

  • Health & Safety
  • Leadership Skills
  • Preparation for Life in

Latin America

chapter training structure
Chapter Training Structure
  • Regular Meetings
  • Retreats
  • Workshops
  • Service Learning
minimum requirements
Minimum Requirements
  • Be 16 years old before Sept. 1, 2013
  • Have taken 2 years of high school Spanish or equivalent
  • Complete the entire application process
  • Be committed to AMIGOS Program
how much does it cost to volunteer
How much does it cost to Volunteer?

Fundraising $X,000

Family Contribution + $X,000

Total Cost $X,000

what is included in the fee
What is included in the fee?
  • Organizational Support
    • Health, Safety, Supervision, Logistics
  • All airfare & transportation
  • Routine Medical Expenses
  • Project Supplies
  • Training Costs
family contribution
Family Contribution
  • $X,000
  • Pay $X per month or in-full
  • Financial Assistance is available based on verifiable income
fundraising in our chapter
Fundraising in our Chapter
  • Product Sales
  • Letter Writing Campaign
    • 75+ Letters to friends/family/supporters
  • Lots of support and help from us!
  • [FILL IN ADDITIONAL INFO]
why volunteers fundraise
Why Volunteers Fundraise
  • Provides experience communicating about AMIGOS
  • Reduces the family’s financial obligation
  • Preparation for facilitating fundraisers in Latin America
next steps
Next Steps
  • Fill Out On-line Application
  • Meeting Next Weds MM/DD X:30pm
    • Further details about Program and Commitments
  • $X Registration Fee (non-refundable)
  • Sign up for interview

www.amigoslink.org

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