The guiDE program provides DukeEngage alumni a pathway to continue their commitment to service and civic engagement by providing leadership, mentorship and service opportunities that support wider DukeEngage efforts on campus and beyond.
DukeEngage Partner Organization: Social Entrepreneur Corps
Contact Bill: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill is a junior in Trinity college from outside of Chicago studying Economics and Computer Science. He participated in 2018 on the Guatemala program partnered with the Social Entrepreneur Corps. At his site of Nebaj, a small highlands community in the mountains, he worked with Duke students as well as students from University of Maryland and Notre Dame on community consulting projects with local partner organizations. The work focused on supporting them with future events and operational needs. He also worked on campaigns to provide social technologies to surrounding communities. The program provided Bill an opportunity to learn unique lessons about development that can only be learned hands-on to supplement his interest from previous learning at Duke. In addition, his interest in a career focused on consulting in a social capacity to support impactful organizations was furthered in Guatemala.
Resource Guide for DukeEngage Guatemala '18
Following his summer working with Social Entrepreneur Corps in Guatemala, Bill developed the following list of resources for students who are interested in that program — or similar programs.
Wikipedia’s article on Guatemala was very helpful in gaining a macro level understanding of the country and its background. Reading about Guatemala’s Civil War and its events was a very important topic to research. The effects of the Civil War contribute largely to many of the challenges facing the country and can still be felt today, especially in areas most affected such as my site of Nebaj. Reading about the country’s 25 different spoken languages, mostly dialects of Mayan, can also provide understanding of the segmented cultural landscape which makes unified action difficult but also its richness of culture and history.
The TED talks by Greg Van Kirk were extremely helpful to watch. He provides great explanations on the work we engage in in Guatemala that is more specific than program descriptions. His experiences and learning also help how he chose to address the issues facing communities. Organization leaders’ talks are helpful in this manner to understand the core mission better. Materials that go over the country’s history and culture, especially the Civil War and Mayan culture, were also great ways to get background information on the communities we engage with.
Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship, to learn more about social entrepreneurship. Social entrepreneurship was a core mission not only with SEC, but also with local partners. It’s a very unique way of addressing social issues.
Student groups on campus such as Sabrosura to learn salsa, a dance prevalent in the culture, and programs with the International House can be great ways to immerse in the culture back in Durham. Exploring local restaurants such as El Chapin can also help explore cuisine which is already a large part of any culture. These are great opportunities to continue cultural immersion with Latin American culture.