U21 Social Entrepreneur Corps programme
The U21 Social Entrepreneur Corps in Guatemala programme builds on our U21 institutions’ expertise in social entrepreneurship, online and blended learning, international collaboration and service learning, as well as on our common commitment to global citizenship. Social entrepreneurship as a topic and Guatemala as a location are already part of individual U21 members’ study abroad programme offerings. The U21 Social Entrepreneur Corps programme is a tailored approach to study abroad that combines global collaboration, new technologies and impact-oriented learning activities.
Students interested in international development will work directly with Social Entrepreneur Corps field professionals and social entrepreneurs in Guatemala to help establish new and grow existing micro-consignment supported businesses. The benefits include exposure to economic theories of social entrepreneurship and active engagement with case study analyses, Spanish language, and Guatemalan, including Mayan culture. The students will experience living with the local families and working intensively with community service organizations, and local social entrepreneurs. Our students will make a tangible difference in people’s lives, while also acquiring the knowledge, skills, and habits necessary to become socially aware, active global citizens. The programme is designed as a short-term summer (June/July) opportunity for U21 students. U21 students are encouraged, but not required to take this programme for academic credit. This programme aims to complement the already existing U21 Summer School and Global Issues Programme.
A full programme including details of how to nominate students is available to download at the bottom of this page.
This programme can be credit bearing, according to each university’s policy. UConn will assign six credits to this programme.
Pre-arrival Online learning: May 26 – June 21, 2014
The students will join a U21 Virtual Global Classroom, where they will learn about Social Entrepreneurship and Guatemalan Politics and Culture. Participation in the pre-arrival phase is compulsory for the continuation of the programme.
In-country Orientation in Guatemala: June 22 – June 29, 2014
Upon arrival in the country, all students spend the first segment of their time in Xela (Quetzaltenango), participating in orientation sessions, living with local families, studying Spanish intensively, participating in development discussions, visiting nearby development and relief organizations and participating in project content and technical training.
Field Work in Guatemala: June 30-July 11, 2014
Students travel back to Antigua and visit different satellite work sites, staying with additional local families, in group living settings and/or in hotels. Students will work with Peace Corps Volunteers, local community service organizations, and local businesses.
Conclusion, Delivery and Presentation: July 12 - July 18, 2014
All participants return to the Social Entrepreneur Corps headquarters site in Antigua for the final days of the programme. At this time the projects are completed and presented, Spanish evaluations are conducted and participants stay with the local families one last time.
Students will be assessed based on news analyses while in Guatemala, and reflections on experience and final presentation at the end of the trip. Throughout the programme, students will be invited to contribute to a group blog, sharing and reflecting on their experience. Please read the 2012 programme participants' blog here: http://today.uconn.edu/letters-from-guatemala/
Each U21 institution is invited to submit one guaranteed and up to two ranked reserve student nominations. Please contact Zahra Ali (firstname.lastname@example.org) to request a nomination form. All forms must be returned to Zahra by 10 March 2014.
Full details of the criteria for nomination and the nomination procedure are also available to download below.
The programme fee is US$ 3,330 per student, not including airfare, visa costs and health insurance.