Social Entrepreneur Corps

Elegant Program Design
“We weren’t just interns doing busy work. We had the opportunity to mold our work and make real contributions. When we had ideas, we were taken seriously. You can make as big of an impact as you want. It’s interesting: the creators of the MicroConsignment Model set out to create access to opportunities for rural women, they ended up creating access to opportunities for college students as well. Seize it.– Craig M., Duke University

Leadership and Support
Homestay

Social Entrepreneur Corps runs very highly-structured programs. Participants are led by the experienced development professionals of the Community Enterprise Solutions team. Leadership is with participants at all times  working hand-in-hand while ensuring that we provide all of the support necessary to maintain a safe and healthy environment.  We treat participants as a part of our social entrepreneurship team so that we can together create the most compelling social impact possible.


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All homestay families are trained by Social Entrepreneur Corps and many have been hosts to Peace Corps Volunteers.  As such, these families understand the needs of  the participants. The homestay  is an essential step in helping participants gain an understanding of how local people live and work.  It is an invaluable way to improve on classroom Spanish. The vast majority of participants end up forming great friendships during this process and decide to stay with host families when not designated by the program. Many participants speak to this as one of their most valuable parts of the experience.

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Language Learning

Intensive classes are designed based on individual participant needs/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.  Something that is very important in our program and daily planning is that all the activities focus on multiple modes of learning: visual, auditory, or kinesthetic. Learning is a combination of classroom activities and exploratory activities.

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Aid Strategies/Social
Entrepreneurship Education
Social Entrepreneurship Field Work

During the foundation segment and continuing during the field segments, participants engage with our professional leadership, hear speakers and take part in dynamic discussions. The goal is to gain a strong basis of knowledge and understanding  order to engage in the critical thinking and creativity necessary to become effective in the social entrepreneurship field work. 
Some of the topics covered include analysis of current development solutions, use of the Logic Model Framework, needs assessment practices, in-depth discussions about the MicroConsignment Model ,
analysis of micro-finance solutions, keys to effective
social entrepreneurship, and case studies of select development organizations and projects.

Click here to download the table of contents from our Social Entrepreneur Corps Discussion Guide to learn more. 

The field work part of the program is the most challenging but also the most rewarding both personally and professionally. Participants work side-by-side with our team to directly and measurably contribute to sustainable community social impact. The field work is always designed using community based desired outcomes as the starting point. In general, participants engage in six categories of field activities. These are needs analysis, feasibility analysis, project launch, support, expansion and evaluation. Click on the links below to learn about the initiatives our interns parcitipate in:

microconsignment
microventuring
grassroots consulting
community education
artisan support
community based tourism
self-financing banks

Culture
Learning learn about the local culture and customs is critical to the Social Entrepreneur Corps experience. Through  home stays, dynamic discussions, field trips and guest speakers, participants gain tremendous insights into the cultural norms of where we are conducting our social entrepreneurship work.

Adventure
Each Social Entrepreneur Corps program incorporates various adventure activities into its schedule, from zip lining to coffee cooperative tours to  safaris to climbing the highest volcano in Central America.

Click here to view a slideshow of adventuring Social Entrepreneur Corps interns!