Let's Break it Down
Taking 6 weeks out of your life to share your business skills
Our Immersion Programme, a 6-week structured group volunteer programme, is for skilled professionals who want to share their skills, meet a like-minded community, travel and have an adventure with a team of incredible individuals. We are looking for people with 3+ years professional experience and a 'can-do' attitude.
Meet some of the previous volunteer Consultants.
Who you'll be working with
Entrepreneurs who are tackling issues in their community include Social Entrepreneurs, purpose-driven Start-Ups, NGOs, funded and commercial Social Enterprises, social activists, non-profits, youth groups, women's groups & social purpose businesses. They might be pure start-ups, be in their first 1-3 years, looking to scale, or are 20 years into their impact work but are struggling to adapt in the new world. They all need support to be more financially sustainable and tell their impact stories.
Meet some of our inspiring entrepreneurs.
What you'll be doing
We will match you with an organisation that requires your skills and experience to carry out a pre-determined consultancy project. You will work with your client to set objectives and complete the project over the agreed period.
Read some of the stories from the field on our blog.
Who we're looking for
Mission: Skilled Professionals + Social Entrepreneurs + Consultancy + Travel With Purpose
Hyderabad: February 11th to March 25th 2017
Hyderabad is a fast-paced city for techies and food enthusiasts. This Immersion Programme will see you collaborate, learn and design alongside grassroots entrepreneurs problem solving in their communities, tackling women's and environment issues, providing education programmes, building livelihoods & more. Our partners UnLtd India are the biggest social enterprise incubator in the continent and you'll work with their investees to support them through capacity building, as they scale. The weekends are free to visit the beautiful Hampi, incredible beaches of Goa or the unique forest-city of Auroville.
Programme Fee: £2080.00 (English speakers required)
Mission: Business Professionals + Young People + Entrepreneurship + Community Issues
Rio de Janeiro: March 18th - April 29th 2017 (6 weeks)
Rio is the most exciting, vibrant city and it won't fail to disappoint! Working alongside creative & cultural youth and community projects you'll take on the role of Social Impact Consultant to support start-ups and community projects who want to make an impact and do more of their great work. From fashion and children's literacy to community spaces and arts programmes, you'll get to make a big difference post-olympics and create a truly sustainable legacy. Your free time will be spent learning Brazillian dance moves, visiting incredible pristine beaches and islands and practicing your Portuguese whilst ordering a Caipirinha (or two).
Programme Fee: £2080.00 (Latin language speakers preferred but not essential)
We like our group to stick together, as it adds to the collective experience.
Staying in local accommodation that's safe and secure, you'll have space to relax at the end of a day of field work, workshops or excursions. Accommodation will either be in a shared house, apartments, homestays or guest houses and we guarantee fans and most mod-cons such as kitchen facilities. But whilst we won't chuck you all in a dorm, be prepared still for a bit of adventure! Living conditions can vary but we think the quirks are all part of the fun.
Trips & Excursions
It's not all hard work! We organise regular 'headspace' trips to give you some time to relax. It could be anything from: a visit to the beach or a temple, a meditation class, a trip to an interesting local cafe, a hike, cooking class, language lesson or a cultural event. We also arrange interesting talks and visits to see social entrepreneurs and other start-ups in the area.
Training & Workshops
We prepare you to become a Social Impact Consultant through our bespoke in-country training.
Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship | Start-Up Methods | Consultancy Tools and Techniques | Cross Cultural Working
You also receive your own copy of the _SocialStarters Start-Up Manual.
Do you have experience and knowledge that you can share? Each week volunteers put themselves forward to run workshops for the rest of the group. You can create a 2-3 hour workshop or deliver one created by past volunteers.
Discovering your 'what next'
Every other week you can opt in for a one hour one on one session with your Programme Manager. During these sessions you will be taken through a series of coaching tools to help you to reflect on the experience, your personal goals and want you want to achieve following the programme. Supporting this will be 3 additional workshops covering things like:
Passions & Values | Self Limiting Beliefs | Goal Setting