JOIN US FOR THE PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME
Deepen your problem-solving skills through our empathy-based approach to social innovation (co-created by local leaders & community members)
Our programs are designed to help you reimagine what you can do in your life; you'll learn how to build with purpose and embrace the growth mindset while crystallizing your vision in a collaborative environment
Consult for local grassroots organizations, and gain critical experience & expertise that will help you in your career
Enhance your adaptive leadership and collaboration skills working in environments with extreme constraints
empathy & adventure
Stay with local homestay families, climb a volcano, and go zip-lining over a cloud forest
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
Choose from a variety of destinations and dates
Not sure where to start? Check out the full program line-up here
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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 programs here since 2005. Ready to join us?
work on our award-winning microconsignment model
Social Innovation Spotlight: The MicroConsignment Model
Participants 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.
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.
Can impact really be achieved in a short time? Yes. You will work with a local team who understands needs and priorities. You will help design social innovations and work on short-term consulting projects leaving frameworks for success for local leaders. The SEC team has deep, award-winning experience and expertise in this work and has been working in Latin America for over 15 years. See our 2018 Impact Report here and our partner organizations we consult with here.
What types of projects will I be working on? 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.