Evanston Program

The Global Visionaries leadership program is a transformational journey of leadership and self-discovery where youth enter as learners and leave as leaders. GV prepares youth to define and address environmental and social injustice in their communities while becoming more aware of their global citizenry. For participants in the Chicago metro area GV offers an intensive three-day workshop before the two-week immersion experience in Guatemala.

Once in Guatemala, youth will work alongside local teens that have gone through a similar leadership program facilitated by our Guatemalan staff. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for up to 10 language and three leadership college credits through Seattle Central College.

The application is now closed. Please check back in Fall 2018 for information about the 2018-19 program application.

​School Presentation October 26, 2017
Parent Information Night ​November 1, 2017
Application Deadline ​November 10, 2017
Interviews ​November 13-17, 2017
Acceptance Announcements ​early December
Family Orientation TBD, 3-days after acceptance
Pre-departure Meeting week of May 30, 2018
3-Day Workshop June 18-20, 2018
Immersion Trip Dates (Guatemala) June 21-July 5, 2018


Parents and students are asked to attend a program orientation. At this orientation, former program participants and staff will provide an overview of the first year program, go over important dates and forms, and provide you a chance to ask any questions you may have. The orientation will be held 3-days after acceptance announcements, in early December.


Students are expected to participate in fundraising for a portion of their own program fees. Staff will support you to raise 30% or more of your program fees.

Three-day Workshop

Global Visionaries offers a condensed version of the full-year program for participants in the Evanston area known as the Intensive Leadership Program. The condensed program is a three-day workshop that introduces participants to systematic oppression, environmental conservation, global citizenry, and Guatemalan culture and history. The workshop will be held June 18-20, 2018 in Evanston.

After the workshop, intensive participants embark on their immersion trip to Guatemala from June 21-July 5, 2018.

International Service Work

Building on the foundation created in Evanston, youth work with the Guatemalan youth on the following projects:

  • Reforestation projects
  • Long-term care hospital support
  • School and community center construction work

You will be eligible for 32 hours of volunteer work after completion of the program.

Spanish Lessons

Spanish school is a great way to learn more about Guatemalan culture while improving communication. Each participant will have their own teacher who teaches at their level. Spanish school is 3 hours after lunch every day for the first 5 days. Overall, participants gain over 150 hours of language immersion through homestays, work teams, and cultural excursions with Guatemalan youth participants.


While in Guatemala, each participant and one or two of their group-mates will stay with a local Guatemalan family in their home. Homestay families cook and provide traditional Guatemalan food for the students. The homestay brings participants closer to the Guatemalan culture and is often one of the most impactful immersion experiences for youth.

Program cost is dependent upon family income and scholarships are available for those who qualify. GV's goal is to allocate need-based scholarships to 50% of all participants.

25% of program fees will be sent to Guatemala to support our Guatemalan Youth Program and the projects that participants engage in during their cultural immersion trip. This amount is tax deductible.

Estimated Program Cost

Program Fees: $3,290 + Estimated Airfare: $900

TOTAL: $4,190

The below table will help estimate your scholarship amount.

Family Income Estimated Scholarship Package Estimated Total Cost
​$0-$15,000 $3,800-$3,650 $390-$540
$15,001-$20,000 ​$3,650-$3,500 $540-$690
​$20,001-$30,000 ​$3,500-$3,250 $690-$940
​$30,001-$40,000 ​$3,250-$3,000 $940-$1,190
​$40,001-$50,000 ​$3,000-$2,725 $1,190-$1,465
​$50,001-$60,000 ​$2,725-$2,450 $1,465-$1,740
$60,001-$70,000 ​$2,450-$2,150 ​$1,740-$2,040
​$70,001-$80,000 $2,150-$1,850 ​$2,040-$2,340
$80,001-$90,000 ​$1,850-$1,500 $2,340-$2,690
​$90,001-$100,000 $1,500-$1,150 $2,690-$3,040
​$100,001-$110,000 $1,150-$775 $3,040-$3,415
​$110,001-$150,000 $775-$400 ​$3,415-$3,790
​$150,001-$200,000+ $400-$0 ​$3,790-$4,190