I made friends and memories that I will never forget, and gained a sense of purpose I hope I’ll never lose. The skills gained from immersion, language lessons, consulting work, campaigns and working with truly inspiring people help to push the limits of how you view situations and view their solutions.

- Michelle M., Duke University, Guatemala

Social Impact Immersion

Social Entrepreneur Corps in Guatemala has evolved enormously over time since its early days, when our organization got its start in the sleepy indigenous town of Nebaj in the western highlands.  Our program offers an important opportunity to work and learn alongside expert local leadership, leveraging the relationships we’ve built over more than 10 years of community engagement to create platforms for deep and sustainable social change.  Working from our regional field site offices, scattered throughout the western highlands, you will travel along twisty mountain roads past cornfields, cows, and spectacular views of volcanos and the Cuchumatanes Mountains.

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Eight Week Program

Our local program manager, Justina, who resides in country, will be in contact with you in the months and weeks leading up to the program to provide you with the itinerary, a country guide, packing & preparation lists and project specific information. 

Upon arrival you will travel to the colonial city of Antigua, Guatemala. All interns spend the first two weeks living in a nearby community with homestay families, studying Spanish intensively, participating in development and social entrepreneurship education discussions, project content and technical training, safety and security orientation sessions and visiting communities, and development and relief organizations in nearby towns and cities. This “ramp up” segment is essential to ensure that interns can work as effectively as possible with our development professionals and constituents in the field.
To truly embed yourself in Guatemalan culture and improve your Spanish along the way through you will live with homestay families throughout your time in Guatemala. You will be matched with a homestay family that has been selected and trained by the Social Entrepreneur Corps team. Engage in conversations, learn about the rich history of Guatemala, and maybe even learn a few words and phrases in one of the country’s 21 different indigenous languages.
Upon conclusion of the Foundation Building segment in Antigua, interns work in small teams and each team travels to the field sites of Sololá, Xela, Huehue, and Nebaj, each team moving through two different field sites in two week blocks. You will work alongside our local team members and community partners and can bring your energy, enthusiasm, and skills to a challenge, growth opportunity or new social innovation that can create impact with communities through engaging local partners Social Entrepreneur Corps has formed relationships with. Through hands-on fieldwork, meetings, and work sessions with your intern team, you will create solutions, deliverables, and strategic recommendations to help take the next steps forward. Learn more about what we do by looking at recent projects below or reading about our work.

Enjoy your last few days together as a group to share your projects with local counterparts and the rest of the intern team. Work with our team to create long-term plans for how they will implement your projects and incorporate recommendations. Engage and reflect with Social Entrepreneur Corps leadership about the transition back home and how to present your experience professionally and informally.

Details

Cost: $4,150

Begins/Ends: Antigua Guatemala

Dates: May 24 – July 17

Eligible for Columbia Business School Certificate

Social Entrepreneurship: Changemaking

additional $200

Four Week Program

Our local program manager, Justina, who resides in country, will be in contact with you in the months and weeks leading up to the program to provide you with the itinerary, a country guide, packing & preparation lists and project specific information. 

Upon arrival you will travel to the colonial city of Antigua, Guatemala. All interns spend the first week living in a nearby community with homestay families, studying Spanish intensively, participating in development and social entrepreneurship education discussions, project content and technical training, safety and security orientation sessions and visiting communities, and development and relief organizations in nearby towns and cities. This “ramp up” segment is essential to ensure that interns can work as effectively as possible with our development professionals and constituents in the field.
Upon conclusion of the Foundation Building segment in Antigua, interns work in small teams and each team travels to and spends two weeks in the field, moving through two different field sites. You will work alongside our local team members and community partners and can bring your energy, enthusiasm, and skills to a challenge, growth opportunity or new social innovation that can create impact with communities through engaging local partners Social Entrepreneur Corps has formed relationships with. Through hands-on fieldwork, meetings, and work sessions with your intern team, you will create solutions, deliverables, and strategic recommendations to help take the next steps forward.
To truly embed yourself in Guatemalan culture and improve your Spanish along the way through you will live with homestay families throughout your time in Guatemala. You will be matched with a homestay family that has been selected and trained by the Social Entrepreneur Corps team. Engage in conversations, learn about the rich history of Guatemala, and maybe even learn a few words and phrases in one of the country’s 21 different indigenous languages. Learn more about what we do by looking at recent projects below or reading about our work.

Enjoy your last few days together as a group to share your projects with local counterparts and the rest of the intern team. Work with our team to create long-term plans for how they will implement your projects and incorporate recommendations. Engage and reflect with Social Entrepreneur Corps leadership about the transition back home and how to present your experience professionally and informally.

Details

Cost: $2,550

Begins/Ends: Antigua Guatemala

Dates: July 19 – Aug 14

Highlights

  • Maximize your impact by hitting the ground running with custom-tailored grassroots consulting projects
  • Make lasting connections with Guatemalan families through our homestay program
  • Improve your Spanish through total cultural immersion
  • Work with cutting-edge technologies and innovations
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Highlighted Recent Work

Family Impact Profiles
Family Impact ProfilesGuatemala
Participants created informational profiles on families who had previously purchased Soluciones Comunitarias products to determine the impact the purchase had on family wellbeing and savings.
Lema Customization
Lema CustomizationGuatemala
Participants created a customization scheme for the beautiful handwoven textiles allowing potentials buyers to choose from their range of rich natural dye colors.
Feasibility Study New Solar Lamps
Feasibility Study New Solar LampsGuatemala
Participants assessed the potential for the introduction of two new solar lamp models into the product line offered through the MicroConsignment Model.

I have learned that there is no limit to the possibilities of service work that is focused and driven by people who believe that they can make a difference starting with their own communities. This experience has given me not only the best summer of my life, but a new focus on my goals and aspirations, one that I hope will involve someday returning to Guatemala.

- Sonul R., Duke University, Guatemala

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