Guatemala - Solola, Xela, Huehue, Nebaj

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Partner Organization:  Social Entrepreneur Corps and Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship

Location: Guatemala - Solola, Xela, HJehue, Nebaj

Number of Students:  2
Dates:  Determined by the site.


Participation Requirements:

  • Language & Proficiency Requirement:  Basic knowledge of Spanish is preferred. Spanish language classes are a part of the program while in Guatemala.
  • Gender Requirement:  None
  • Required Experience:  None other than a positive outlook on the prospects for assisting local people to solve local problems; be hard-working, open-minded, collaborative; take initiative and demonstrate resourcefulness
  • Major Requirement:  Business
  • Student Minimum Age:  Between soph/jr or jr/sr year
  • Special Requirements:    

Special Training Required Prior to Summer Deployment: 

(The following sessions and workshops will be organized and provided by the ISSLP during the Spring semester. Additional training sessions may be added as needed.)

  • Self-Defense Session


Site Description:  

Social Entrepreneur Corps (SEC) leads innovative and dynamic impact immersion programs in Latin America. As the sister organization to the award-winning Community Enterprise Solutions, SEC works alongside local partners with participants supporting the creation, growth and impact of social innovations focused on intelligently alleviating poverty. Together they create sustainable impact in the field while gaining the skills and knowledge to become the social entrepreneurs of the future.

Social Entrepreneur Corps (SEC) in Guatemala has evolved enormously over time since its early days, when the organization got its start in the sleepy indigenous town of Nebaj in the western highlands.  The program offers an important opportunity to work and learn alongside expert local leadership, leveraging the relationships built over more than 10 years of community engagement to create platforms for deep and sustainable social change.  Working from their regional field site offices, scattered throughout the western highlands, you will travel along twisty mountain roads past cornfields, cows, and spectacular views of volcanos and the Cuchumatanes Mountains.

Scope of Work & Responsibilities:

Notice: Scope of work may have some changes based on the needs of the partner organizations at the time of student arrival.   

Upon conclusion of the Foundation Building segment in Antigua, interns work in small teams and each team travels to the field sites of Sololá, Xela, Huehue, and Nebaj, each team moving through two different field sites in two week blocks. You will work alongside our local team members and community partners and can bring your energy, enthusiasm, and skills to a challenge, growth opportunity or new social innovation that can create impact with communities through engaging local partners Social Entrepreneur Corps has formed relationships with. Through hands-on fieldwork, meetings, and work sessions with your intern team, you will create solutions, deliverables, and strategic recommendations to help take the next steps forward. Learn more about what we do by looking at recent projects below or reading about our work at

Housing & Lodging Information:

To truly embed yourself in Guatemalan culture and improve your Spanish along the way, you will live with homestay families throughout your time in Guatemala. You will be matched with a homestay family that has been selected and trained by the Social Entrepreneur Corps team. You will engage in conversations, learn about the rich history of Guatemala, and maybe even learn a few words and phrases in one of the country’s 21 different indigenous languages.

For More Information:

Review their website at

Former ISSLP Participants:

Meghan Cain’18 (ISSLP 2016),
Steven Campillo’19 (ISSLP 2016),


Notice: Certain sites may be canceled and other sites added at any point during the selection and orientation process.