Virtual Cultural Exchange Programs

Learn, Connect, & Take Action!

 

Our 12 week Virtual Cultural Exchange program is designed to equip youth with the tools to be active leaders in their local and global communities.

We offer three cohorts to accommodate all schedules.

Fall Cohort: November 5, 2020 – January 28, 2021.

Winter Cohort: February 3, 2021 – April 28, 2021.

Spring Cohort: May 6, 2021 – July 29, 2021.

These programs include an orientation, three social justice workshops, 12-18 Hours of Spanish lessons, and 12-24 volunteer hours, optional fundraising workshops and support.

If you have any questions contact us at programs@global-visionaries.org or fill out a request for more information here!

Apply Here! RSVP for a Virtual Info Night!

See below for a complete 2020-21 calendar for each of GV's Virtual Cultural Exchange Program cohorts.

Fall Cohort Winter Cohort Spring Cohort
Early Bird Deadline October 19, 2020 October 19, 2020 October 19, 2020
Application Deadline October 26, 2020 January 18, 2021 April 26, 2021
Acceptance Notification October 30, 2020 January 26, 2021 April 30, 2021
Orientation* November 5, 2020 February 3, 2021 May 6, 2021
Fundraising Workshop (optional) TBD TBD TBD
Social Justice Workshops # 1 November 18, 2020 February 24, 2021 May 19, 2021
Social Justice Workshops # 2 December 9, 2020 March 24, 2021 June 9, 2021
Social Justice Workshops # 3 January 14, 2021 April 7, 2021 July 7, 2021
Volunteer Day (opt. 1) ** TBD TBD TBD
Volunteer Day (opt. 2) ** TBD TBD TBD
Volunteer Day (opt. 3) ** TBD TBD TBD
Volunteer Day (opt. 4) ** TBD TBD TBD

*Parents and participants and required to attend this meeting.

** We will communicate this dates as soon as available.

Improve your Spanish language skills through 12  hours minimum or up to 18 hours, of 1-on-1 Spanish lessons with a Guatemalan Spanish teacher, personalized to fit your language proficiency level and interests.

Earn 12-24 volunteer hours through virtual and in-person (socially-distanced) volunteer opportunities.

Structured fundraising support for program costs to take ownership of your experience and share your work with your community.

Engage in monthly youth-led social justice workshops where you will explore topics and practical issues such as: systems of oppression, anti-racism, identity, legacies of imperialism and colonization, intersectionality, and allyship/accompliceship.

Connect with a cohort of globally-minded youth from around Seattle.

Build meaningful relationships through cross-cultural exchange with peers in Guatemala.

  • A cohort of globally-minded youth from around Seattle
  • Monthly social justice workshops centered on local & global issues
  • 1-on-1 Spanish classes with a Guatemalan Spanish teacher
  • Virtual meet-ups with Guatemalan peers
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Fundraising support

We are now accepting application for the 2020-21 Virtual Cultural Exchange Program.

Click HERE to apply!

Apply by October 19th to receive $25 of your program cost!

Virtual Cultural Exchange Program Application Steps:

-Complete the application by the application deadline.

-Submit your deposit by the application deadline. These deposits will go toward your program fees if accepted to the program and will be returned to you within 30 business days if you are not accepted to the program.

-If requesting financial aid, please submit your most current IRS tax forms (1040 or other)You will have the option to upload a digital copy of your financial information in the application.

Recommended: Attend a Virtual Information Night to learn more about the program

Deposit:
$20 for those requesting financial aid
$40 for those not requesting financial aid
To pay via Debit/Credit Card or eCheck Click Here

Mail: You can also mail application materials (Tax Forms, Deposits, etc.) to the corresponding address:

"Global Visionaries Program Application (Applicant’s Name Here)" 2524 16th Ave. S, RM 206, Seattle, WA 98144

All application materials must be received by the application deadline.

If you have any questions, please email programs@global-visionaries.org

Upcoming Information Nights for Virtual & Immersion Programs!

Tuesday, November 24 2020 at 6:00-7:30 PM

Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 6:00-7:30 PM

RSVP To a Virtual Information Night

As an organization we fundraise and collaborate with funders to ensure that 50% of our participants receive some sort of financial aid.

The information below will help you estimate your total program cost.

Program cost is based on a sliding scale in order to increase equity and accessibility of our program. Our scale is base on household income, and family size.

While we cannot guarantee a specific amount of financial aid, we are committed to working with every family to make our program accessible and affordable. Please contact our program staff, programs@global-visionaries.org to discuss your situation, even if you feel that you do not qualify for financial aid.

If parents are separated or divorced, and you are applying for financial aid, please provide financial information for the person who claims the child on their tax forms.

Virtual Cultural Exchange Program Cost

cost ranges from: $ 40 - $ 1280

The table below estimates financial aid amount and program cost based on household income.

Family Income

 Estimated Scholarship Package

 Estimated Program Cost 

​$0-$15,000

 $1240

 $40

$15,001-$20,000

 $1,200

 $80

​$20,001-$30,000

 $1170

 $110

$30,001-$40,000

 $1120

 $160

​$40,001-$50,000

 $1070

 $210

$50,001-$60,000

 $1000

 $280

$60,001-$70,000

 $890

 $390

​$70,001-$80,000

 $770

 $510

$80,001-$90,000

 $650

 $630

​$90,001-$100,000

 $520

 $760

​$100,001-$125,000

 $370

 $910

$125,001-$150,000

 $200

 $1080

 $150,000-$175,000

 $90

 $1190

 $175,001 +

 $0

 $1280

Global Visionaries works closely with participants and families to provide structured fundraising opportunities. These opportunities include: wreath & garland sales in the fall, coffee sales in the winter and spring, and GV cook book sales and letter writing campaigns year-round. GV staff will support you to raise 30% or more of your program fees.

Global Visionaries believes in student-led fundraising because: 1) fundraising empowers youth to take ownership of their experience, and 2) fundraising lifts the financial burden off of parents.

Please join us at a Fundraising Workshop to learn more about what options are available to you. See the "Important Program Dates" tab for details.

Enhance your Global Visionaries’ journey by participating in both the virtual and immersion programs.

Save up to $780 by bundling both the Virtual & Immersion Programs.

Priority acceptance to the Immersion Program and to your cohort preference.

Click below to learn more!

Bundle Virtual & Immersion Programs

All participants who complete the Virtual Cultural Exchange program are eligible to apply for the Advanced Leadership Program (ALP). Only those students who have traveled to Guatemala on an previous Immersion Program are able to be on the ALP Junior Leader team though.

For more information about the Advanced Program, click here.