Welcome to a first-of-its-kind social entrepreneurship experience
gain the skills that are essential for success, whether you’re in university, a remote village or the corporate boardroom:
DISCOVER YOUR PURPOSE AS YOU EMPOWER OTHERS TO ACHIEVE THEIRS
THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
Neil Blumenthal, CEO of Warby Parker, on why the unique immersive experience of Social Entrepreneur Corps is key to career success
Join us in Guatemala, Ecuador, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic for the experiential education of a lifetime
Our full-time leadership team works year-round in communities in these countries to create systemic change and design opportunities for you to engage.
We've been leading Social Entrepreneur Corps programs here since 2005.
Key Program Components
Homestay and Cultural Immersion
If you want to learn how to empower people you need to understand their challenges, how they live, how they work, what they aspire to and their cultural context. You’ll be in local home stays and engage in deep cultural immersion daily.
social entrepreneurship education
Learn how to create "systems changing social impact at scale." Get away from abstract theories. Gain expertise on how practical, community-driven change truly happens. We know social entrepreneurship because we are (award winning) social entrepreneurs.
SOCIAL INNOVATION DESIGN
You’ll work on real-world, systems-focused social innovations with our leadership. Recent innovations include a technology distribution initiative, a community banking and youth empowerment project, a water purification initiative, a “soup kitchen” for disadvantaged children, a cross-border artisan marketing innovation, and an app for tracking community engagement and impact.
Are you landing with no Spanish or maybe you’re fluent already? It doesn’t matter. We tailor your language learning for your level and help you learn how to use the language in real life and real work situations that are respectful of local customs and norms.
You want adventure? You’ve got it. You’ll get the chance to maybe climb an active volcano. Or even “ski” down another. Climb the highest peak in Central America? Up for some zipping over a nature reserve? Or how about swimming in a waterfall?There’s no shortage of hiking and beauty.
consulting for organizations
Build you consulting chops providing insights and deliverables for local organizations and small businesses creating impact in their communities. Recent consultancies focused on eco tourism, environmental projects, artisan organization support, education center expansion and vital technology distribution methodologies. This is consulting that matters.
our 2018 impact
2019 areas of focus
Social entrepreneurship is empowering systems-changing social impact at scale. Check out our summary of both the projected Social Innovation projects and list of organizations we will be working with this year.
See what you can do
You’ll have a chance to work on several projects as you immerse yourself in local communities:
A social innovation project where you'll gauge and prototype the implementation of a social innovation technology (water filter, vision technology, energy solution, etc.) or a new model (youth empowerment program, environmental solution, education program).
An organizational consulting project where you'll provide strategic & tactical advice to a local organization, education/health organization and/or local social enterprise and consult on everything from marketing to performance evaluation to program design.
Social Innovation Spotlight: The MicroConsignment Model
Participants continue to help our team improve, scale and provide new technology offerings through our globally- recognized MicroConsignment Model. Recent participants worked on a new solar lighting solution, marketing for improved cook stoves and water filters, and the design of a wholesale distribution strategy. In Nebaj Guatemala, students trained female entrepreneurs to master the process of giving eye exams and selling them in rural communities enabling these women and families to gain financial independence. Learn more about the MicroConsignment Model in this TEDxBYU Talk by Greg Van Kirk.
Organizational Consulting Spotlight: Fundacion Utopia
Our participants are working with Fundacion Utopia, an organization that is committed to linking local agriculture to the city of Riobamba in order to support local farmers and provide healthy options to those who participate in their organic basket days. They are helping Fundacion Utopia’s message reach as many people as possible by helping them with their marketing, web presence and promotion, business model and finances.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT OUR WORK
We love questions and are always happy to provide the answers. Here are some common questions people have before signing up:
Do I need to speak Spanish?
Absolutely not. You will be immersed in the language and develop your proficiency while you are in-country. Depending upon the program, you will carry different numbers of Spanish class hours. Knowing Spanish up front is not a prerequisite for success by any means. Social Impact teams are strategically organized to leverage the language skills of more Spanish-proficient interns. Additionally, your team will be accompanied throughout your work activities by bilingual SEC staff who will support the translation needs of the group.
What are the prerequisites for program applicants?
Below we have provided guidelines for general applicant qualifications. In addition to this information, please visit the specific program page that you are interested in to learn more about the suggested applicant qualifications for that program.
For all program participants a history of achievement is important. As well, given the nature of the program, an applicant’s personal qualities play a large role in determining whether or not he/she is accepted.
Participants will be living and working in challenging environments and as such the “intangibles” are fundamental to participant success.
Participants in all Social Entrepreneur Corps programs should:
Recognize that they are going to have a profound impact but are not going to “change the world in a day”
Possess a positive outlook on the prospects for assisting local people to solve local problems
Be hard-working, open-minded, open-hearted, collaborative and teamwork-oriented individuals
Be individuals who take initiative and are resourceful self-starters
Take their work and responsibilities very seriously but not take themselves too seriously
Be very desirous of learning about development, relief and social entrepreneurship
Be willing and able to live for a time in a challenging developing country environment
Be willing and desirous of “getting your hands dirty”
What’s covered in country?
In short, everything is covered except for the cost of your flight. Our team will meet you at the airport when you arrive in-country and take care of all of the costs along the way. Optionally, you can bring a little bit of money to spend on souvenirs and treats. However, all you need to bring is an open mind, open heart and a sense of adventure and passion.