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.
Before arriving in country you’ll be prepped in everything you need to know to hit the ground running. Apart from all the basics this includes webinars, online learning, and an opportunity to get going on or improve your Spanish online. All included!
SOCIAL INNOVATION DESIGN AND COMMUNITY CONSULTING
This is the work you’ll do in the field with our team and yours using a design thinking framework. You’ll work as a social innovator and consultant. You’ll try to figure out how to get new social innovations like water purification, community banking and youth empowerment innovations in the hands of community members. And you’ll consult for local organizations and businesses that we have been working with for years.
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? And there’s no shortage of hiking and beauty.
During the first part of the program we’ll make sure all orientation, security and health care essentials are in order. You’ll also form your teams, decide your projects, meet local organizations and leaders and start working through the design thinking process with a real world challenge.