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 9 – 22, 2023 (+/- 2 days).

Early Summer Program: July 3 – 16, 2023 (+/- 2 days).

Late Summer Program: July 27 – August 9, 2023 (+/- 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 2023


Early Bird Deadline ($100 Off) – October 10, 2022
Application Deadline – October 24, 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 10, 2022

October 24, 2022

October 28, 2022

November 2, 2022, 6:30-8:30pm

November 16, 2022

upon request

upon request

March 25, 2023, 10am-1pm 

TBD

TBD

TBD

March 23, 2023

Day 1 and 2 of immersion

April 9 – 22, 2023 (+/- 2 days) 

TBD

*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 10, 2022

October 24, 2022

October 28, 2022

November 8, 2022, 6:30-8:30pm

November 16, 2022

upon request

upon request

May 20, 2023, 10am-1pm

TBD

TBD

TBD

June 13, 2023

Day 1 and 2 of immersion

July 3 – 16, 2023 (+/- 2 days)

TBD

*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 10, 2022

October 24, 2022

October 28, 2022

November 10, 2022, 6:30-8:30pm

November 16, 2022

upon request

upon request

June 3, 2023, 10am-1pm

TBD

TBD

TBD

June 29, 2023

Day 1 and 2 of immersion

July 27 – August 9, 2023

TBD


*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

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 2022-2023 Cultural Immersion Programs!

Acceptance for applications for the 2022-23 Cultural Immersions Programs will be on October 28, 2022. 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:

Eileen Yardley, Spanish Teacher, emyardley@seattleschools.org

Chief Sealth High School:

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

Stefanie Skiljan, Spanish Teacher, slskiljan@seattleschools.org 

Danielle Blume, ELA Teacher, dablume@seattleschools.org

Garfield High School:

Elizabeth Perez, Spanish Teacher, epperez@seattleschools.org 

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: $3,450 + Estimated Airfare: $1050

Total Program Cost: $4,500

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

 $150,001-$200,000

$200,000 – $ 250,000+

Estimated Scholarship
Package

 $4,175-$3,985

 $3,985-$3,785

 $3,785-$3,585

$3,485-$3,085

 $3,085-$2,575

$2,575-$2,125

$2,125-$1,605

$1,605-$1,085

$1,085-$755

$755-$555

$555-$350

$350-$200

 $200-$125

$125-$0

Estimated Program cost (includes Airfare)

  $325-$515

 $515-$715

  $715-$915

$1,015-$1,415

 $1,415-$1,925

 $1,925-$2,375

$2,375-$2,895

$2,895-$3,415

$3,415-$3,745

$3,745-$3,945

$3,945-$4,150

$4,150-$4,300

 $4,300-$4,375

$4,375-$4,500

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

Learn more about our Guatemalan Immersion, Pro-Justice Leadership & Cultural Immersion Programs! Students and parents/guardians are welcome!

Upcoming Online Information Nights:

9/28 (Zoom), 7:00-8:30pm

10/04 (Zoom), 7:00-8:30pm

10/19 (Zoom), 7:00-8:30pm

RSVP for Online Information Night  HERE

Upcoming In Person Information Nights:

10/06 at El Centro de la Raza, 7:00-9:00pm

10/11 at Ingraham High School, 7:00-9:00pm

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.