U21 announces Social Entrepreneur Corps in Guatemala programme

17 January 2012
An opportunity for students to take part in a month-long programme in Guatemala, working with social entrepreneurs to help establish new new and growing businesses.

We are pleased to announce details of the U21 Social Entrepreneur Corps in Guatemala programme, which 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.

For the proposed four-week-long U21 programme, 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.

Speaking on the launch of the programme, Dr Ross Lewin, Executive Director of the Office of Global Programs at the University of Connecticut, the lead institution in this programme, commented "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.

More details can be found at the link below.