young leaders, global impact 

Through experiential activities, workshops, community service in Seattle (optional), and a cultural immersion to Guatemala, GV prepares Seattle-area high school students to define and address environmental and social justice issues in their communities while developing as leaders and becoming more aware of their global citizenship.

We will be offering three cohorts this spring and summer. 

Spring Program: April 11 – 24, 2022 (+/- 2 days).

Early Summer Program: June 28, 2022 – July 11, 2022 (+/- 2 days).

Late Summer Program: July 25, 2022 – August 7, 2022 (+/- 2 days).

*Please note that these dates are subject to change based on flight availability and pricing.
*Only students fully vaccinated for COVID-19 will be able to travel in 2022

Important Program Dates

Early Bird Deadline ($100 Off )

Application Deadline

Acceptance Notification

*Orientation*

Fundraising Workshop # 1 (optional)

Fundraising Workshop # 2 (optional)

Fundraising Workshop # 3 (optional)

Volunteer Day (mandatory for your cohort)

Volunteer Day (opt. 2)

Volunteer Day (opt. 3)

Volunteer Day (opt. 4)

*Pre-departure Meeting*

Pre-immersion Workshop

**Immersion**

Storytelling & Re-entry Potluck


October 11, 2021

October 25, 2021

October 29, 2021

November 4, 9 or 10, 2021

November 15, 2021

upon request

upon request

March 12, 2022

TBD

TBD

TBD

March 29, 2022

Day 1 and 2 of immersion

April 11 – 24, 2022 (+/- 2 days) 

May 6, 2022

*Parents and participants and required to attend this meeting.

**These dates are subject to change +/- 2 days as a result of fluctuations in air ticket prices and/or school closures (snow days). We will communicate changes in the immersion dates as soon as available.

Early Bird Deadline ($100 Off )

Application Deadline

Acceptance Notification

*Orientation*

Fundraising Workshop # 1 (optional)

Fundraising Workshop # 2 (optional)

Fundraising Workshop # 3 (optional)

Volunteer Day (mandatory for your cohort)

Volunteer Day (opt. 2)

Volunteer Day (opt. 3)

Volunteer Day (opt. 4)

*Pre-departure Meeting*

Pre-immersion Workshop

**Immersion**

Storytelling & Re-entry Potluck


October 11, 2021

October 25, 2021

October 29, 2021

November 4, 9 or 10, 2021

November 15, 2021

upon request

upon request

May 21, 2022

TBD

TBD

TBD

June 10, 2022

day 1 and 2 of immersion

June 28 – July 11, 2022 (+/- 2 days)

August 17, 2022

*Parents and participants and required to attend this meeting.

**These dates are subject to change +/- 2 days as a result of fluctuations in air ticket prices and/or school closures (snow days). We will communicate changes in the immersion dates as soon as available.


Early Bird Deadline ($100 Off )

Application Deadline

Acceptance Notification

*Orientation*

Fundraising Workshop # 1 (optional)

Fundraising Workshop # 2 (optional)

Fundraising Workshop # 3 (optional)

Volunteer Day (mandatory for your cohort)

Volunteer Day (opt. 2)

Volunteer Day (opt. 3)

Volunteer Day (opt. 4)

*Pre-departure Meeting*

Pre-immersion Workshop

**Immersion**

Storytelling & Re-entry Potluck


October 11, 2021

October 25, 2021

October 29, 2021

November 4, 9 or 10, 2021

November 15, 2021

upon request

upon request

June 25, 2022

TBD

TBD

TBD

July 13, 2022

Day 1 and 2 of immersion

July 25 – August 7, 2022

August 18, 2022


*Parents and participants and required to attend this meeting.

**These dates are subject to change +/- 2 days as a result of fluctuations in air ticket prices and/or school closures (snow days). We will communicate changes in the immersion dates as soon as available.


Program Components

ORIENTATION
Parents and students are required to attend a program orientation. At this orientation, former program participants and staff provide an overview of the Cultural Immersion Program, review important dates and forms, and answer any questions you may have about the program.

FUNDRAISING

Global Visionaries works closely with youth and families to provide structured fundraising opportunities. These opportunities include: Guatemalan Coffee, Guatemalan Cookbook, and GV Reusable Mug sales, along with Wreath & Garland sales in the winter and Letter Writing campaigns year-round. GV staff will support you to raise 30% or more of your program fees.

THREE DAY WORKSHOP

The workshop introduces participants to systematic oppression, environmental conservation, global citizenry, and Guatemalan culture and history. See the “Important Program Dates” tab above for exact workshop and travel dates

LOCAL SERVICE WORK

Participants are able to earn 12+ volunteer hours through optional local service work before the cultural immersion experience in Guatemala. We offer multiple dates for service work throughout the year in partnership with our local partner organizations, such as Seattle Tilth & EarthCorps.</

INTERNATIONAL SERVICE WORK

Building on the foundation created by the local service performed in Seattle, participants will earn 32 service hours during the Guatemala immersion.  They will work with their Guatemalan peers on one or two of the following projects (depending on availability at the time of the version):

  • Coffee Farming
  • Reforestation Projects
  • Long Term Care Hospital Support
  • School & Community Center Construction Work

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

HOMESTAYS

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.

FUN & ADVENTURE

Participants will also have the chance to see Mayan ruins, take a trip to Antigua, Guatemala, and loosen up with Salsa dance lessons.


Application Information

We are now accepting application for the 2021-2022 Cultural Immersion Programs!

Acceptance for applications for the 2021-22 Cultural Immersions Programs will be on October 29, 2021. If you are unable to complete your application by this date, please email us programs@global-visionaries.org

Cultural Immersion Program Application Steps:

  • Complete the application by the application deadline
  • Complete the student applicant interview 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 not required: Attend a Virtual Information Night to learn more about the program


Deposit Amount:

  • $50 for those requesting financial aid
  • $250 for those not requesting financial aid


To pay via Debit/Credit Card or eCheck click here



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, Seattle, WA 98144


Allow one week to process application forms and supplementary materials

 

Scheduling Your Interview

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. After your interview, the teacher will return an interview form to us.

Ballard High School:

Vanessa Lopez Madrid, Spanish Teacher, dvlopezmadri@seattleschools.org

Chief Sealth High School:

Pedro Lopez-Chavez, Immersion Program & Social Studies Teacher plchaves@seattleschools.org

Matt Baudhuin, Social Studies Teacher mlbaudhuin@seattleschools.org

Cleveland High School:

Mila Paige, mfpaige@seattleschools.org

Franklin High School:

Olivia Geffner, Social Studies Department Chair, oageffner@seattleschools.org

Garfield High School:

TBD

Ingraham High School:

Noah Zeichner nczeichner@seattleschools.org

Sarah Kerr skkerr@seattleschools.org

John F. Kennedy Catholic High School:

TBD

Mercer Island High School:

Chris Twombley, chris.twombley@mercerislandschools.org

Mount Rainier High School:

Marlene Mersch, Spanish Teacher marlene.mersch@highlineschools.org

Tricia Nielsen, Spanish Teacher tricia.nielsen@highlineschools.org

Nathan Hale High School:

Marni Balint, mabalint@seattleschools.org

Rainier Beach High School:

Morgan Flake, mlflake@seattleschools.org

Roosevelt High School:

Erika Ahlstrom, erahlstrom@seattleschools.org

Jeanne McGuire, Spanish Teacher, mmcguire@seattleschools.org

Shorewood High School:

Amanda Stoker, amanda.stoker@shorelineschools.org

West Seattle High School:

TBD

If you do not attend one of the schools listed below, there is not a teacher’s name listed in your school, or the teacher is unable to complete your interview, please click here to schedule your interview with a GV staff member. 

Cost of the Program

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 program cohort, 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.

Cultural Immersion Program Cost

Program Fees: $3,350 + Estimated Airfare: $1000

Total Program Cost: $4,350

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



Family Income

$0-$15,000

$15,001-$20,000

​$20,001-$30,000

$30,001-$40,000

$40,001-$50,000

$50,001-$60,000

$60,001-$70,000

$70,001-$80,000

$80,001-$90,000

$90,001-$100,000

$100,001-$110,000

$110,001-$150,000

 $150,000-$200,000

$200,000 – $ 250,000+

Estimated Scholarship
Package

 $4,050-$3,910

 $3,910-$3,710

 $3,710-$3,510

$3,410-$3,010

 $3,010-$2,500

$2,500-$2,050

$2,050-$1,530

$1,530-$1,010

$1,010-$730

$730-$530

$530-$325

$325-$175

 $175-$100

$100-$0

Estimated Program cost (includes Airfare)

  $300-$440

 $440-$640

  $640-$840

$940-$1,340

 $1,340-$1,850

 $1,850-$2,300

$2,300-$2,820

$2,820-$3,340

$3,340-$3,620

$3,620-$3,820

$3,820-$4,025

$4,025-$4,175

 $4,175-$4,250

$4,250-$4,350

Fundraising

Fundraising

Global Visionaries works closely with youth and families to provide structured fundraising opportunities. These opportunities include: Guatemalan Coffee, Guatemalan Cookbook, and GV Reusable Mug sales, along with Wreath & Garland sales in the winter 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.


Information Nights

Upcoming Information Nights for Leadership Programs!

9/28, 10/14 and 10/20 will be online via Zoom, 6:00-7:30 PM

10/6 will be in person at El Centro de la Raza, 6:00-7:30 PM

RSVP To a Virtual Information Night

Did you miss the Informational Sessions? Watch a recorded session  here.

Bundle with Pro Justice Leadership Program
Discount!

BUNDLE!

Pro-Justice Leadership & Cultural Immersion Programs

SAVE UP TO $780
  • Priority acceptance to the Cultural Immersion Program
  • Priority given to your cohort & work team preferences
  • 18 hours of 1-on-1 online Spanish Lessons with a Guatemalan teacher before your immersion. We’ll also try and pair you with the same teacher while in Guatemala!
  • Enhanced social & environmental justice learning pre-immersion
  • Save up to $780 when you bundle both programs
After the Program

All participants who complete the Cultural Immersion Program are eligible to apply for the Advanced Leadership Program.

For more information about the Advanced Program, click here.