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2019 info-meeting-presentation

2019 Presentation given at the first informational meeting of Amigos de las Americas Tucson chapter

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2019 info-meeting-presentation

  1. 1. Get Out of Your Element with AMIGOS!
  2. 2. Mission Statement Amigos de las Americas inspires and builds young leaders through collaborative community development and immersion in cross cultural experiences.
  3. 3. AMIGOS History • Founded in 1965 • 54 years of experience in Latin America • Over 28,000 alumni across the Americas
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. What are the living conditions? • Host family (screened by AMIGOS) • Small to medium sized communities • Range of rural to urban locations
  9. 9. Project Themes • Engaging Local Resources • Protect biodiversity Through National Park Conservation • Equality Through Sports and Team Work • Supporting Microenterprise • Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security • Youth Empowerment: Inspiring Growth in Community • Community and Environmental Health
  10. 10. Summer Programs 2020 o Costa Rica o Palmares- 6 weeks o Perez Zeledon- two 4 week options o Dominican Republic o Barahona- two 4 week options o Ecuador o Chimborazo- 6 weeks o Cuenca- 8 weeks o Santa Elena- 6 weeks o Panama o Azuero- 6 weeks o Cocle- 4 and 6 weeks o Peru o 6 and 8 week options o Mystery project- more details to come!
  11. 11. AMIGOS volunteers gain... • Leadership skills • Confidence • Experience working with community members • Improved Spanish skills • Cultural sensitivity • Opportunities to stay involved with AMIGOS
  12. 12. What is training like? • Welcome Potluck December 15th • 3 Monday night meetings per month (January - May) • 6:45 to 9:00 p.m. • 3 Weekend Retreats (Jan/Feb/Apr) • 3 Parent Meetings
  13. 13. • 15 years old by project start date • Completed sophomore year of high school • 2 years of high school Spanish or equivalent • Passion & commitment Who can be an AMIGO?
  14. 14. How much does it cost? • $2,997 Family Fee* • Broken into monthly payments • $3,900 Fundraising goal • Includes chapter training, travel, food, lodging, insurance for the duration of the project, and project supplies *Limited amount of financial assistance available. Deadline to apply for financial aid is November 4th
  15. 15. How does fundraising work? • Letter writing campaign • Support running event in April • Both activities part of training program
  16. 16. Stories from past volunteers
  17. 17. A parent’s perspective
  18. 18. I’m interested, what do I do now?
  19. 19. Application process Apply • Complete the Online Application (choose your top project) • THE SOONER THE BETTER! • Priority and financial assistance deadline is November 4th * 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. 15th • Welcome Potluck Dec. 15th *including any/all financial aid paperwork
  20. 20. Contact Us! Lucy Weeks Chapter President Nicole Parks Training Director Hannah Ball Recruitment Coordinator Websites:
  21. 21. Questions?