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

 

THIS IS

 
 

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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CHECK OUT UPCOMING PROGRAMS:

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

dates

NYC: Oct 21, 2018 – Feb 27, 2019
Guatemala: Jan 3, 2019 - Jan 13, 2019

 

Location

New York City
Guatemala

 

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

dates

NYC: Feb 10, 2019 – Apr 7, 2019
Guatemala: Mar 2019 spring break

Location

New York City
Guatemala

WHY GUATEMALA?

Greg and his team have been leading interns, volunteers and corporate partners in Guatemala since 2005. Starting as a Peace Corps volunteer, Greg and his team have created numerous successful enterprises and award-winning social innovations over the past 17 years. Greg is a two-time Ashoka Globalizer Fellow and World Economic Forum “Social Entrepreneur of the Year.” He is also the founder of the micro-consignment model - a transformational empowerment model for rural entrepreneurs that even has its own wikipedia page.

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  

 

 
 

YOU CREATE CHANGE

YOU CAN SEE

 
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You create change you can see - among the students we work with and the people we’re trying to help impact, and change is a part of everything we do.
— Fariha, CAREER X Pilot Fellow

learn from and live with homestay families.  

This is what gaining global competence and learning how to be an adaptive leader and entrepreneur is all about.

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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

 

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


WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT OUR WORK


 
 
Social Entrepreneur Corps leadership approaches their work with professionalism, broad-spectrum skill sets and a tenacious work ethic. Their grassroots knowledge coupled with their deep business background and willingness ‘to get their hands dirty’ is hard to come by.
— Neil Blumenthal, Co Founder - Warby Parker Partner Organization

 
 
Social Entrepreneur Corps leadership’s passion for impacting lives all across the world shines through. Thank you for inspiring people around you to learn more, give more and care more for others. It’s an honor to work together in the service of others.
— Kevin Bingham Deloitte Consulting’s Human Capital People to People Skills Based Volunteering Sponsor Partner Organization

 
 
Our belief is that student transformation comes when they are fully immersed in an issue and community. The Social Entrepreneur Corps model achieves this as well as any program I know. Their programs have had a huge impact on our students and the communities they serve.
— Eric Mlyn, Ph. D. Executive Director, DukeEngage, Duke University Partner Institution

GET ANSWERS

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.

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