Initiated in 2009, The Ware Institute and International Programs partnered with Social Entrepreneur Corps to develop a summer community-based learning experience for students interested in non-government organizations (NGOs). In 2012, the Ware Institute partnered with the Spanish Department to create a 2 credit course, International Studies and Spanish 101 or 201.
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For more detailed information about program cost, out-of-pocket expenses and scholarship funds, please visit the Ecuador Trip Details and Application web page.
The Ware Institute for Civic Engagement, the Office of International Studies, the Spanish and Government Departments and Social Entrepreneur Corps**(SEC) invite students to apply for this exceptional community-based learning internship for credit opportunity.
Students spend two weeks of classes and training at Franklin & Marshall and eight weeks as development consultants in the field working alongside trained Social Entrepreneur Corps staff. Students are placed in north and south regions (La Sierra & Amazon). Students gain insights into the opportunities, inherent risks, and limitations involved in developing regions.
Students have ample opportunity to significantly increase language proficiency, observe, learn, and live in a diversity of cultural settings. They experience home-stay living with local families and have the opportunity to visit an array of development and relief organizations. Students are given the opportunity to make a significant contribution in a highly structured manner, working side by side with field-based social entrepreneurs.
Reciprocity is one of the key elements in a successful community-based learning oppor-tunity; how would our students contribute to the community that they are working in?
Students contribute incremental human resource support in the field, contribute new ideas and fresh perspectives, as well as consulting support in the following areas:
Students contribute to organizational and field financial support. Students particularly support women entrepreneurs during their village campaigns and gather the necessary information for Para La Comunidad. Students will help initiate and build-out a new micro-franchising product or service delivery channel initiative.