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This program is organized by Social Entrepreneur Corps (SEC) in collaboration with DukeEngage.
Applicant Alert: Non-US citizens should contact the DukeEngage office (email@example.com) prior to submitting an application for the Guatemala program for information on visa requirements.
May 21 - July 15
Designing and implementing entrepreneurial and educational solutions with constituents in rural communities in the developing world. Specifically, the three service themes that best describe the experience the students will be involved in are: Community Development/Outreach, Economic & Workforce Development/Social Enterprise and Health/Human Services.
Upon arrival in country, SEC interns participate in a two-week training course to enhance cultural and country understanding, increase Spanish language capabilities, learn about concepts and best practices related to development work/social entrepreneurship, and gain the content and technical skills necessary to support clients/beneficiaries during the field-work segments of the program. Interns will work with SEC leadership to identify opportunities to make an impact through social innovations, including the Empowerment Model and Grassroots Consulting, and to define client/beneficiary and community-based desired outcomes. This segment provides participants with the necessary knowledge base and skills to be successful in the upcoming field-work segment. The remaining time will be spent in different rural locations implementing community development projects.
The SEC mission – “change the world, change your world” – is implemented through a DukeEngage program in Guatemala that fosters:
Students’ work with SEC intervenes and provides a positive impact in one or more of these areas based on our clients’ expressed needs and desires, taking into account their challenges and opportunities.
Duration: Eight-week program includes foundation building (two weeks), field-work immersion (two weeks), reflection (one week), field-work immersion (two weeks), and achievements (one week).
Student Learning Objectives/Outcomes
Through participation in innovative rural development work within a challenging cultural, language learning, and grassroots environment, SEC ensures that interns will:
Through classes, case studies, discussions, analysis and living with the local population, as well as through visits and active participation with local NGOs and social entrepreneurs, interns will make a profound community impact whilst gaining an in-depth knowledge of rural economic development.
The desired social entrepreneurship outcomes for the program are that interns:
The desired cultural outcomes for the program are that interns:
The desired Spanish language outcomes for the program are that interns:
Placement will be determined based on the application and on the interview that students will conduct during the selection process with a leadership member of SEC.
MircoConsignment Model (MCM)
Students will travel to a new field sites twice throughout the program. Teams will rotate though at least two sites.
Language: Basic Spanish is advantageous but not required. To begin the program, two weeks of intensive Spanish language classes are designed based on individual needs and desires so that all participants can be effective in the field as soon as possible and leave with a much greater command of the language.
Coursework: No specific academic experiences or GPA are required.
Other Skills: 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 SEC programs should:
Participants in Social Entrepreneur Corps programs need not:
Description of Community: During orientation, students will be living in rural communities located just a short bus ride away from Antigua. Field sites will be rural, urban, and semi-urban depending on the project.
Headquarters: La Antigua
The tight-knit communities in the Sacatepéquez region of Guatemala are best known for their strong traditions, home to the biggest Catholic Holy Week festivities as well as skilled leatherworkers, metalworkers and furniture makers. The heart of this area is Antigua, a colonial town nestled below the three volcanoes of Agua, Fuego and Acatenango. It is one the finest surviving examples in Latin America of colonial town planning, laid out on a grid pattern emanating from the central park, whilst its examples of Spanish colonial architecture have earned it the position of UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Satellite Site: Nebaj
Nebaj is the home of the Ixil, one of the most distinct Mayan cultures. The Ixiles are world-famous for their intricately woven traditional clothing. The local culture feels uniquely traditional and vibrant in this region. Nebaj is far from the cosmopolitan sophistication of the capital, but it is a bustling, lively town. The people are warm and offer participation in traditional customs such as the local sauna, a tamascal, or the cooking of the traditional food, boxboles. Nebaj offers options for hiking, sitting as it does in a valley surrounded by mountains. Exploring the villages around Nebaj will take the visitors to some of the most remote places in the Americas. The combination of landscapes and local culture makes Nebaj a destination in Guatemala for many visitors.
Satellite Site: Lake Atitlan
For many, there is no more spectacular site in the world than the sun setting over the Lake Atitlan as the evening mist descends. English novelist Aldous Huxley described the lake as like "Lake Como with the added embellishment of several immense volcanoes" and decided it was the most beautiful lake in the world. The lake itself is great for swimming. Dotted around the shore of the lake are dozens of towns, from busy Panajachel, with its international scene and restaurants, to sleepy indigenous towns such as San Juan La Laguna. Whether for a short visit or a longer stay, the beauty of the Lake will stay with you forever.
Satellite Site: Xela
Quetzaltenango, or Xela as it is more usually known, is fast becoming one of the most popular places in Latin America to learn Spanish and do volunteer work. Offering the advantages of a city — with cinemas, restaurants and entertainment — Xela has much more the feel of a large town — easy to navigate and get to know. It's a friendly place, with the typical bustle of highland Guatemala very much present, and the beauty of the surrounding mountains is always visible. What's more, within easy reach are many beautiful rural areas, such as to the hot springs of Fuentes Georginas.
Housing and Meals: During orientation, students will live with Guatemalan homestay families who have been trained and certified by SEC. Depending on field sites, students may be staying in hotels, group apartments or homestays. In all locations, students have access to water, laundry services, toilets and study/private spaces and are located minutes ways from each other.
While living with a homestay, all meals will be provided by the homestay family. During hotel and group living stays, students will receive a daily stipend for food.
If you do not eat certain types of food for cultural, religious or personal reasons, please contact the DukeEngage office, , to discuss whether or not your dietary needs can be reasonably accommodated at this program site.
Transportation: Local public buses, taxis and private program bus.
Communication: Students will be given a cell phone that can make and receive international calls. Cell phone signal/service throughout Guatemala is generally strong. Interns will have access to internet, but access to wifi networks is more limited than in U.S. and interns should not expect to be connected to wifi on a regular basis. Homestays do not typically offer wifi, but wifi is available in many cafes and restaurants in cities. Students can decide to bring their laptops, but internet cafes with computers are available.
Opportunities for Reflection: Site coordinators will lead regular reflection sessions in which students will be expected to participate. More details will be shared with students once they arrive in country. Reflection topics can vary from cultural, professional, personal, educational aspects of the experience.
Other Opportunities: The program is designed so that students live a group experience but also have spaces and time on their own or with their homestay. They are constantly immersed in the community, therefore they have many opportunities to interact with community members. Students will have freetime on Sundays and some evenings, and normally SEC suggests appropriate enrichment options based on students' interests. Also, throughout the itinerary there are built-in work periods where students can work independently if they choose.
The following is a list of additional websites and other resources regarding Guatemala and social entrepreneurship.
General Information About Guatemala:
· US Embassy Website: http://guatemala.usembassy.gov
· InGuat (Guatemala Department of Tourism) Official Website: www.visitguatemala.com/
· State Department International Travel Information: http://travel.state.gov/travel
· State Department Website (social/political information: www.state.gov
· Guatemala general information: www.countrywatch.com/
· Travel advice and information: www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations
· Official Government Website Links: www.psr.keele.ac.uk/official.htm
· Geographical information and Maps: www.geography.about.com/library/maps/blindex.htm
· Statistical Information from the UN: www.cyberschoolbus.un.org/infonation/info.asp
· Current World historical and cultural information: www.worldinformation.com
· Basic Timeline of Guatemalan History: http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/guatemala704/history/timeline.html
· Database of Information on Guatemala: http://lanic.utexas.edu/la/ca/guatemala/
· Human Rights Watch Report: http://www.hrw.org/en/world-report-2011/guatemala
· Freedom House Report: http://www.freedomhouse.org/template.cfm?page=22&country=7832&year=2010
· World Bank Poverty Assessment (page 9-14):
Websites about Social Entrepreneurship/MicroConsignment:
· Community Enterprise Solutions: www.cesolutions.org
· Social Entrepreneur Corps: www.socialentrepreneurcorps.com
· Soluciones Comunitarias: www.solucionescomunitarias.com
· MicroConsignment: http://microconsignment.com/
· NDSG Social Media:
o Facebook Group- Social Entrepreneur Corps
o Twitter- @MCMimpact
· Stanford Social Innovation Review: http://www.ssireview.org/
· Ashoka Innovators for the Public: http://www.ashoka.org/
· Mini-Lecture, Greg VanKirk: What is MicroConsignment? http://youtu.be/nrA6gvn5xD0
· MicroConsignment Story: http://youtu.be/4ctI0xoA5Uk
· CNN Money interview with Greg Van Kirk: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2010/08/13/n_cc_microconsignment_model.cnnmoney/
· TEDxUNC Talk: Greg Van Kirk, Social Entrepreneurship: You are the Relative Expert http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZSRSz4M6z8&feature=related
· TEDxBYU Talk: Greg Van Kirk, The MicroConsignment Model http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRCIXlZpEX4
· Social Entrepreneurship: The MicroConsignment Model, by Brett Smith http://www.forbes.com/sites/ciocentral/2011/05/10/social-entrepreneurship-the-microconsignment-model/
· NY Times, Opinionator, When Microcredit Won’t Do, http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/31/when-microcredit-wont-do/
· NY Times, Opinionator, How to Grow a Social Business
Recommended Books on Guatemala
Recommended Books on Social Entrepreneurship