A 'FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND' MULTI-COUNTRY ENTREPRENEURIAL experience
A 2.5 WEEK APPRENTICESHIP IN GUATEMALA + 4 VIRTUAL SESSIONS
Experience all the steps of launching a business: design thinking and prototyping, marketing, content creation, supply chain strategy, customer experience and more.
We've been building impactful businesses for more than 15 years.
Our newest one is designed to help social enterprises, non-profits & families in the developing world gain first-time access to life-changing knowledge, products & services.
We create maximum impact by empowering study abroad students, volunteers & travelers with a curated “box” of solutions.
A social enterprise APPRENTICESHIP like no other –
here’s what you’ll experience:
last day to apply - april 28
An experiential, 2.5 week, global entrepreneurship program providing you with the adaptive leadership, cross-cultural training, personal development and professional experience you need to thrive today and in your career.
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career x fall 2018
Accelerate your future with our multi-country internship and personalized leadership program.
Create real solutions to a "wicked problem" in NYC and Guatemala that matters to you
Learn and apply design thinking, empathy, interpersonal, cross-cultural and consulting skills
Travel to Guatemala over winter break and consult for organizations and entrepreneurs that are focused on the same issue area you are addressing in your venture
NYC: Oct 21, 2018 – Feb 27, 2019
Guatemala: Jan 3, 2019 - Jan 13, 2019
New York City
career x spring 2019
Identical to our fall program, beginning February of 2019 in NYC. Guatemala trip over spring break.
Access to career mentors and leaders from the business and social sector
Recognition of completion of Columbia Business School "Venture for All" for a course in Social Innovation for Sustainable Development
Travel to Guatemala and consult for organizations and entrepreneurs that are focused on the same issue area you are addressing in your venture
NYC: Feb 10, 2019 – Apr 7, 2019
Guatemala: Mar 2019 spring break
New York City
How it works
you CREATE REAL SOLUTIONS FOR GUATEMALAN COMMUNITIES YOU LIVE WITH
phase 1: design & launch (pre-trip)
Develop a knowledge of the challenges you're trying to solve for these rural communities
Learn the essentials of creating and launching a social enterprise
Engage with small teams to modify and create critical aspects of the social enterprise (marketing, social media, target markets, products, pricing, etc.)
Start your social innovation certificate
phase 2: Engage & Modify (Guatemala)
Take what we’ve built and assess the impacts for local enterprises, organizations and families
Diagnose additional needs and opportunities for community members
Live with a local home stay family and practice speaking Spanish
Ideate on improvements for the social enterprise model
Climb an active volcano and zip line over a nature reserve with monkeys (with team building of course!)
phase 3: Redesign & Relaunch! (Post-trip)
Redesign the social enterprise in small teams in response to learnings in Guatemala
Develop a short and long-term strategic plan
Continue to collaborate with Guatemalan team members to grow the impact
Wrap up your social innovation certificate
THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
Neil Blumenthal, CEO of Warby Parker, on why the unique immersive experience of CAREER X (Social Entrepreneur Corps) is key to career success
OUR EXPERIENTIAL GATHERINGS ARE TAILORED AROUND THE SCHEDULE OF UNIVERSITY LIFE.
PROGRAM COST: $2450
17 days in Guatemala, 4 virtual sessions online (2 before the trip and 2 after)
All costs covered EXCEPT flights. Flights not included. Costs can be paid over 3 months.
PROGRAM DURATION: 2.5 weeks
Guatemala trip - May 24 to June 10
Online sessions - April 30, May 5, June 15, June 25 (8-10pm EST)
Note: Spanish not required!
who we are
CAREER X IS A JOINT VENTURE BETWEEN YOUR PROJECT X AND SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR CORPS
We see a world changing faster than our university systems can adapt. We recognize the gap: the fundamental skills necessary to thrive in a world we can't even imagine yet - empathy, collaboration, joy & purpose, adaptive leadership and entrepreneurship, to name a few - are not front & center. As parents and educators, we wanted to build a program that ensures our children can flourish in the unpredictable.
See our core values
We love questions and are always happy to provide the answers. Here are some common questions people have before signing up:
Is Guatemala safe?
Social Entrepreneur Corps has been leading programs in Guatemala for over 10 years and with over 1,000 student and corporate participants. To date we have not had any major health or security issues. Most violence you read about in Guatemala takes place in Guatemala City and the Peten. We do not work there. We work in small, indigenous communities in the Western Highlands where we have deep relationships. And we have health, safety and security policies that mimic the Peace Crops. Greg Van Kirk lived and worked in Guatemala for five years and we understand the environment and what to do and not to do very well. We have expat and local team members working there year round.
What’s covered in Guatemala?
In short, everything except for flights. Our team will meet you at the airport in Guatemala and take care of everything else along the way. Just bring you open mind, open heart, sense of adventure and passion.
Who are the mentors and executives?
Good question. Greg and Jeff have built up a broad network of friends, collaborators and partners over the past 15 years. We will leverage this network for your benefit. This includes folks from Warby Parker, Deloitte, IBM, VisionSpring, Ashoka, etc etc etc. You’ll engage with young professionals, leaders of large organizations and entrepreneurs who have started their own things. We want to give you broad spectrum exposure and help you think about your own journey by learning from theirs.