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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

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


Benefits of joining an amigos chapter

Benefits of joining an AMIGOS Chapter


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


Personal stories about amigos

Personal Stories about AMIGOS


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


If our chapter is not right for you join through the international office

If our Chapter is not right for you… Join through the International Office


Questions answers

Questions & Answers


Thank you

Thank You!


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