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2018 info meeting presentation

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Tucson Amigos de Las Americas Chapter Information Meeting for 2018

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2018 info meeting presentation

  1. 1. Mission Statement Amigos de las Américas inspires and builds young leaders through collaborative community development and cross cultural experiences.
  2. 2. AMIGOS History • Founded in 1965 • 53 years of experience in Latin America • Over 28,000 alumni across the Americas
  3. 3. Tucson Chapter • Founded in 1968 • One of 25 chapters across the US • Successfully trained more than 600 volunteers to date • Consistently a top tier chapter for volunteer performance and satisfaction
  4. 4. Project Structure • Experienced Project Leadership Team • Partnerships of 2-3 volunteers • Volunteers collaborate with community members and local partner organizations • Each project has a theme
  5. 5. What do volunteers do? • Live with a host family • Collaborate on one or more community led projects • Engage local school children in activities related to the project theme
  6. 6. Volunteer Safety Chapter training Standards of Conduct Partner system and in-country staff Living areas Communties and host families are screened in advance CALM Plan Flexibility in program if necessary Volunteer Safety is #1
  7. 7. What are the living conditions? • Host family (screened by AMIGOS) • Small to medium sized communities • Range of rural to urban locations
  8. 8. Project Themes • Environmental sustainability • Conservation and biodiversity • Youth Entrepreneurship • Public Health/Nutrition • Sports and Leadership • Civic Participation and Youth Leadership
  9. 9. Can I pick my project? Select top 2 projects when you apply • 8 projects in 5 countries • 4-8 weeks National Office assigns final project • Costa Rica • Ecuador • Dominican Republic • Panama • Mystery??
  10. 10. AMIGOS volunteers gain... • Leadership skills • Confidence • Experience working with community members • Improved Spanish skills • Cultural sensitivity • Opportunities to stay involved with AMIGOS
  11. 11. What is training like? • Welcome Potluck (December 9) • 3 Monday night meetings per month (January - May) • 6:45 to 9:00 p.m. • 3 Weekend Retreats (Jan/Feb/Apr) • 3 Parent Meetings
  12. 12. Who can be an AMIGO? • 16 years old by December 2019 • Completed sophomore year of high school • 2 years of high school Spanish or equivalent • Passion and commitment
  13. 13. How much does it cost? • $2,997 Family Fee* • Broken into monthly payments • $3,900 Fundraising • Includes chapter training, travel, food, lodging, insurance for the duration of the project, and project supplies *Limited amount of financial aid available. Deadline to apply for financial aid is November 5th
  14. 14. How does fundraising work? • Letter writing campaign • Fundraising event such as a 5K Fun Run • Part of training program
  15. 15. Stories from past volunteers
  16. 16. A parent’s perspective
  17. 17. I’m interested, what do I do now?
  18. 18. Application process Apply • Complete the Online Application (choose 2 projects) • THE SOONER THE BETTER! • Priority and financial aid deadline is November 5th* Interview • Interview for applicant and parents • Spanish interview for applicant Accept • Notified of acceptance within 2 weeks of interview • Sign and return Chapter Agreement by Dec. 9th • Welcome Potluck Dec. 9th *including any/all financial aid paperwork
  19. 19. Contact Us Lucy Weeks Chapter President president@amigos-tucson.org Joe Black & Nicole Parks Training Directors trainingdirector@amigos-tucson.org Websites: tucson.amigosinternational.org www.amigosinternational.org
  20. 20. Questions?

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