|Restrictions:||UMD applicants only|
|Class Eligibility:||Junior, Seniors enrolled as a student the semester after program, Sophomore||Credit Type:||Resident Credit|
|Minimum GPA:||3.0||Non-UMD students eligible to apply:||No|
|Interview required?:||Yes||EA Advisor:||Kyle Sturges|
Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps
All accepted students will receive a minimum of a $2,000 scholarship to help defray the cost of program.
To receive this award, you must complete the Scholarship Form on your program application. If you complete the Scholarship Form and have a FAFSA on file, you will be considered for additional funding.
2. In-Country Program and Fieldwork
You will fly to Santo Domingo on June 23rd where you will begin the first 1-2 days of orientation at SEC headquarters. From there you will travel with SEC staff to the province of El Seibo, where you will spend two weeks in a homestay while you complete orientation, Spanish language training and a course to prepare you for the fieldwork segment of the program. You will split into teams of up to 12 students and travel with SEC staff to work on a variety of projects throughout rural areas the country. Examples of projects include: surveying local communities about life expectancy and health needs, creating promotional materials to draw attention to local artisans and products, designing educational campaigns to increase local awareness of the benefits of water purification and improved cook stoves, conducting promotional activities to assist women’s cooperatives selling eyeglasses, and field testing new products and services. You will be accompanied by development professionals who will give you guidance in these projects. You will return to program headquarters for five days to reflect, decompress and visit host families before completing a second round of fieldwork focused on a specific project. At the end of the program, your team is given the opportunity to invest a pool of SEC funds in one or more projects that you encountered during your fieldwork. You will present your funding decisions to Social Entrepreneur Corps field personnel. View a more detailed breakdown of the in-country portion of this program.
3. Post-Program Symposium
All MSEC participants will present the results and impact of their eight week consulting work in a fall semester evening symposium open to the university community, parents, donors, and the Maryland entrepreneurial community. You will also follow-up with the Maryland entrepreneurs you worked with during the spring using the new insights gained through your summer fieldwork.
You must be in good academic and judicial standing. Please refer to the Fact Sheet at the top of this page for specific eligibility requirements.
A high level of maturity and a willingness to live and work in a challenging developing country environment are required. You also must be enrolled as a UMD student for Fall 2014 (seniors graduating in May or August 2014 will not be considered). Previous experience in business (finance), international development and Spanish language helpful but not required
After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in the following courses for a total of 9 UMD credits:
On-Campus Pre-Departure Course
In-Country Program and Fieldwork
THE PROGRAM DIRECTORS
Greg Van Kirk is co-founder of the Social Entrepreneur Corps (SEC) and Community Enterprise Solutions and will serve as guest lecturer during the pre-departure course at UMD. A former investment banker and Peace Corps volunteer, Mr. Van Kirk is an Ashoka Lemelson Fellow and World Economic Forum/Schwab Foundation “Social Entrepreneur of the Year”. His work in developing innovative responses to long-standing development challenges has been universally recognized for its groundbreaking methods and lasting impact.
Timothy Trusz is the SEC Country Director for Nicaragua and will oversee the in-country fieldwork portion of the program. After joining the Social Entrepreneur Corps for a summer in 2007, Tim began to work full time for the organization and in 2010 became the country director for Nicaragua, where he works with community organizations and entrepreneurs in creating access to essential products, services, information and technologies through rural areas of the country. Tim received a B.A. in International Development from Clark University in 2006.
|This program may be bookmarked at: http://ter.ps/msecdr|
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||Last Day to Apply||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Summerterm||2014||04/01/2014 **||Rolling Admission||06/23/2014||08/16/2014|
** Admissions for the program are made on a rolling basis and applications will be reviewed in the order that they are completed. Early application is advisable.
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