The 2016-17 application cycle is now closed. We will post a link to the 2017-18 application as soon as it is open. If you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
It will take you to an online application which students should complete with their parents. You will also need to complete a student interview, submit a deposit, and send in your tax information if you are applying for financial aid.
The application deadline for Washington state is October 24, 2016. All materials are due to the GV staff by that date.
There is also an Early Bird Deadline on October 10, 2016. If you apply for the early bird deadline you will receive $100 discount, applied to the program fee.
Acceptance decisions will be made by October 28, 2016. All students who are accepted will be notified at that time.
Please schedule an interview, at your school, with one of the teachers listed below as soon as possible. Waiting until the last minute will put your chance of getting an interview at risk as teachers have busy schedules.
If you do not attend one of these schools, please call Global Visionaries at (206) 322-9448 to schedule an interview at our office.
Ballard High School
Spanish Teacher, Room S217
Chief Sealth High School
Social Studies Teacher, Room 235
Franklin High School
Social Studies Teacher, Room 215
John F. Kennedy Catholic High School
Director of Campus Ministry
(206) 246-0500 x301
Kamiak High School
Spanish Teacher, Room 222
Mercer Island High School
English Department, Room 205D
Port Townsend: OCEAN
Rainier Beach High School
Roosevelt High School
Spanish Teacher, Room 140
Seattle Lutheran High School
Social Studies, PE & Life Skills
Shorewood High School
West Seattle High School
Spanish Teacher, Room 233
Letters of recommendation are not required except when requested by Global Visionaries.
If we do request a letter of recommendation, print the form here and have an adult (teacher, coach, community member or religious leader) fill it out. Once completed, please have them email it to email@example.com by October 24, 2016.
*The numbers listed below are before applicable scholarships. Program fees, including airfare, are typically lower for most of our participants. Please refer to the chart below with estimated scholarship ranges.
Spring/Summer Program Fees: $3,675
Estimated Airfare: $900
Spring/Summer Total Cost: $4,575
Intensive Program Fees: $3,290
Estimated Airfare: $900
Intensive Total Cost: $4,190
Scholarships range from $100 to $4,100 depending on family income, number of dependents, and other factors. If parents are separated/divorced, please provide financial information for the person who claims the child on their tax forms.
Below is a table which provides an estimate of possible financial aid awards and program costs based on our past financial aid awards. Global Visionaries has a limited amount of financial aid available and while we will do everything we can to meet the needs of our applicants, we cannot guarantee a specific amount of financial aid.
Global Visionaries is committed to working with every family to make this program affordable, regardless of financial background or difficulties, so contact our program staff to discuss your situation even if you feel that you do not qualify for financial aid.
|Family Income||Estimated Financial Aid Package||Estimated Program Costs Including Airfare|
Current scheduled dates for the Guatemala trips are:
Spring Immersion: April 7-21, 2017
Summer Immersion: June 30-July 14 2017
Summer Intensive and Chicago metro Immersion: July 21-August 4, 2017
Financial information meetings are events held in the evening at the Global Visionaries office where we invite prospective students and their families to come and learn more about the program costs, available financial aid, and fundraising options.
If you cannot attend either of our scheduled financial information meeting, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss any questions you may have.
Financial Information Meetings:
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 6:00-7:30 PM
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 from 6:00-7:30 PM
If you applied for financial aid, you will be notified of your financial aid package at the time of acceptance. If you have any questions or concerns please contact a member of our program staff at email@example.com and we would be happy to discuss the process with you.
The deposit for applying to the program is $50 for participants requesting financial aid and $250 for participants not requesting financial aid.
If you are accepted into the program, the deposit amount will be applied to your program fees. If you are not accepted we will return deposits or destroy any checks sent. You can send your deposit as a check or money order to Global Visionaries, with the applicants name is the memo line. Or you can click here to pay by credit card or bank withdrawal.
The safety of our youth participants is our top priority in every activity we plan, whether here in Seattle or in Guatemala. To date, GV has had zero serious incidents with any of our youth. We attribute this, in part, to the close community we have established in Guatemala and the pre-departure safety training we conduct for all participants. Please refer to the US Department of State website, here, for more information on traveling conditions in Guatemala.
Vaccinations for Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and tetanus are required for travel to Guatemala.
Currently, it does not affect Global Visionaries' travel plans, nor based on our research do we foresee it affecting our travel plans. We continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis, and will notify all participants, families, and trip leaders of any changes.
The Zika Virus has become a rising concern in recent months after thousands of cases in Brazil associated with birth defects in late 2015 and early 2016. Cases of the virus have been identified throughout Latin America, and it is expected that the disease will spread throughout all countries in the Americas with the exception of Canada and Chile. The mosquitoes that spread the virus already live in the United States, but are mainly confined to the Southern region of the country. The symptoms of Zika Virus include conjunctivitis (pink eye), rash, and achy bones. The main risk associated with Zika virus is for pregnant women due to the association with birth defects. Pregnant women may wish to reconsider travel plans to Latin America.
The CDC recommends that travelers to Latin America protect themselves by taking measures to prevent mosquito bites: using insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Travelers may also wish to purchase permethrin-treated clothing available at travel stores to further reduce risk of mosquito bites.
Regarding Guatemala specifically, the mosquitoes that spread Zika virus are in the country. However, in the region that GV operates - at higher altitude and with a drier climate - they are less common. Our Guatemala staff is not aware of any cases in the area at this time and they will keep us abreast of any changes. We continue to monitor the situation on an ongoing basis to evaluate and determine methods of reducing risk and update any protocols necessary.
Participants who do not have a US passport can still go to Guatemala as long as they have a valid US residency card and a valid passport from the country in which they were born. Guatemala requires visas for some non-US countries.
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