a bit more info

I’m Sanette, a junior from Duke University. I’m a Public Policy and History double major, with a certificate in journalism.  The official website http://dukeengage.duke.edu/immersion-programs/international-programs/guatemala provides more information about the program!


Service Focus:

Serving as social entrepreneurial consultants for businesses and non-profits in Antigua.

Program Leaders:

Greg Van Kirk// , Co-Founder of Social Entrepreneur Corps and Community Enterprise Solutions

George “Bucky” Glickley// , Co-Founder of Social Entrepreneur Corps and  Community Enterprise Solutions

Lydia Walker// , Director of SocialEntrepreneur Corps

Program Dates:

May 23 – July 16

Program Scope:

Students will serve as social entrepreneurial consultants for businesses, non-profits and local entrepreneurs in the Guatemalan Highlands, consulting organizations and entrepreneurs on improving outcomes and furthering their missions. Students will spend the first two weeks in an orientation program receiving intensive Spanish language instruction, participating in discussions and talks about Guatemalan culture, exploring different development theories as well as receiving hands on technical and programmatic training. The orientation session will be lead by SE Corps leadership in Antigua. Following the orientation, students will break up into teams and travel throughout the western highlands of Guatemala rotating locations every week. Students will travel to field sites via a privately chartered bus in groups of no more than nine accompanied by SEC staff.  Fieldwork will consist of small business and organization consulting, supporting local entrepreneurs and working on individual and group projects. Students work within a modified “Logic Model Framework” to design and implement their projects and will partake in needs analysis, feasibility studies, launching new projects and programs, supporting and evaluating existing programs, and helping to expand into new regions or train new entrepreneurs.

Service Opportunities

Former participants have worked with and consulted for following organizations, small businesses and local entrepreneurs:

1.     Local SolCom Entrepreneurs

2.     Riecken Library Foundation

3.     Various Weaving Cooperatives in Lake Atitlan and Xela

4.     Various small businesses in the field sites

5.     Turismo Ixil (A tourism business in rural Guatemala that includes eco-friendly trekking, volunteer opportunities, a hostel and restaurant)

6.     Centro Explorativo (A school with progressive programs in rural Guatemala)

Former participants have volunteered in the following categories of service:

1.     Small business consulting

2.     Field-based local entrepreneur support

3.     Studying, vetting, and field testing new and appropriate products,  services and programs

4.     Supporting educational initiatives

Program Requirements & Environmentals

Language/Other Prerequisites: Basic Spanish is advantageous but not required.

Reflection Sessions: SEC staff will lead regular reflection sessions in which you’ll be expected to participate.  More details will be shared with students once they arrive in country.

Neighborhood: 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.

Housing and Accommodations: During orientation, students will live with Guatemalan homestay families who have been trained and certified by SEC and, in some cases, the Peace Corps. Depending on field sites students may be staying in hotels, group apartments, or homestays. In all locations, students have access to hot water, laundry services, toilets, and study/private spaces.

Meals: 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.

Communication: Students will be given a cell phone that can make and receive international calls. Cell phone signal/service throughout Guatemala is generally strong.  In Antigua and in all field sites, students will also have access to internet cafes. 

Transportation: Local public buses, taxis, and private program bus.

Volunteer Placement Logistics: Students will travel to a new field site each week. Teams will rotate though each site.

Opportunities for Autonomy / Private Space: Students will have free time on Sundays and some evenings. Also, throughout the itinerary there are built in work periods where a student can work independently if he/she so chooses.


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