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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

  • 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


AMIGOS Mission Statement

Amigos de lasAméricas

inspires and builds

young leaders through

collaborative community

development and

immersion in cross-

cultural experiences.


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

  • 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?

  • 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

  • Advance Health Initiatives

  • Collaborate for Environmental Sustainability

  • Launch Social Enterprises

  • Advocate for Human Rights

  • Inspire Creative Expression

  • Promote Sports and Fitness


2014 Project Countries

  • Dominican Republic

  • Mexico

  • Panama

  • Costa Rica

  • Nicaragua

  • Colombia

  • Ecuador

  • Peru

  • Paraguay

  • Brazil (gap year only)


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

  • 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

  • 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

Pre-Summer Training on:

  • Health & Safety

  • Leadership Skills

  • Preparation for Life in

    Latin America


Benefits of joining an AMIGOS Chapter


Chapter Training Structure

  • Regular Meetings

  • Retreats

  • Workshops

  • Service Learning


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?

Fundraising $X,000

Family Contribution + $X,000

Total Cost$X,000


What is included in the fee?

  • Organizational Support

    • Health, Safety, Supervision, Logistics

  • All airfare & transportation

  • Routine Medical Expenses

  • Project Supplies

  • Training Costs


Family Contribution

  • $X,000

  • Pay $X per month or in-full

  • Financial Assistance is available based on verifiable income


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

  • Provides experience communicating about AMIGOS

  • Reduces the family’s financial obligation

  • Preparation for facilitating fundraisers in Latin America


Personal Stories about AMIGOS


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


Questions & Answers


Thank You!


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