U21 Social Entrepreneur Corps
The U21 Social Entrepreneur Corps in Ecuador 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 Ecuador 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 Ecuador to help establish new and grow existing micro-consignment supported businesses and to support other local partners that promote innovative development models. The benefits include exposure to economic theories of social entrepreneurship and active engagement with case study analyses, Spanish language, and Ecuadorian people, including indigenous cultures. 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.
Assistant Director, Study Abroad at the University of Connecticut