ThinkImpact is a global social enterprise that runs the Institute, providing college students and young professionals the premier immersion program to train the next generation of social entrepreneurs. ThinkImpact is headquartered in Denver, Colorado and currently offers the Institute in rural Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda and South Africa.
The Institute is a curriculum-based summer immersion program lasting 8 weeks, from June to August, and offered on a competitive basis to select scholars from across the United States. Teams of 12 scholars led by 2 advisors are sent to live and work in rural villages in Africa where ThinkImpact has established relationships.
Our approach to poverty alleviation utilizes an asset-based community development to fuel social innovation at the base of the pyramid. Local community members work with scholars to shift their mindset from one of dependent beneficiaries of aid to that of innovative, self-sufficient entrepreneurs. Only through such change can development prove to be locally owned and sustainable.
We are currently seeking top graduate students and professionals for the position of advisor. Advisors lead a small group of 6 scholars through the Institute curriculum, inspiring them to embrace the challenges of catalyzing innovative thinking, and supporting them throughout their time in rural Africa.
- Conducting training for scholars in country at the beginning of the Institute;
- Advising scholars on the curriculum throughout the duration of the Institute;
- Hosting reflection sessions and leading discussion groups on topics related to cultural immersion, poverty, development, and social entrepreneurship;
- Working in conjunction with ThinkImpact in-country staff to manage logistical needs while in Africa including organization of food and water, transportation, and homestays;
- Acting as connectors for the scholars to identify and build meaningful community relationships and partnerships to develop innovative products and services;
- Acting as the first point of contact for scholars if a concern or issue arises;
- Documenting the scholars’ progress through the institute by collecting pictures, blogs and videos.
- Reimbursement for travel costs to June 6th-11th TeamXtreme training up to $150
- International flights round-trip to Africa
- All expenses (food, lodging, transportation, etc) starting on June 8th and throughout the duration of the Institute
In order to be considered for the position of advisor, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Have completed a B.A./B.S.
- Have experience working and living in a developing country
- Have experience leading university-aged students
- Have a U.S. passport or student visa
- Applicants that are pursuing or have completed a graduate degree receive additional consideration
- 3-5 years of relevant work experience receive additional consideration
What We Look For
A successful advisor has experience working with and leading university-aged students. In order to be a successful leader for the scholars the advisor should be confident as a person and in their leadership role. Advisors should be enthusiastic about their work and have a positive attitude. Advisors need to be a source of inspiration and motivation for scholars to be leaders and facilitators in the community.
Advisors need to stay calm and collected in situations of uncertainty or emergency. Scholars look to the advisor for answers and the advisor must always instill confidence and provide the scholars with reassurance. Advisors must also be quick to action when dealing with a potentially dangerous situation.
Advisors need to communicate with and facilitate communication between community members, scholars and staff. They act as “connectors” in the communities, helping to foster and build relationships between community members and scholars. They need to be organized and adept at leading meetings and discussions.
Advisors must be excellent listeners. They are open to new ideas and encourage scholars to pursue new ways of thinking, be curious, and be creative. They should be innovative thinkers always looking for new options and solutions, encouraging the scholars to do the same. Advisors should keep an open mind and be willing to hear out the ideas and concerns of others. They should be empathetic, flexible, and adaptable to change. They should not be discouraged by setbacks or difficulties but instead encourage and push the group forward.
Advisors should have a deep understanding of TI’s approach and philosophy. They should be professional at all times. The ideal advisor is a role model for appropriate behavior on the Institute.
Applications should include a resume, two references (1 professional and 1 academic and/or professional), and a cover letter that touches on the following 5 “why questions”:
- Why college students?
- Why the Institute?
- Why social entrepreneurship?
- Why Africa?
- Why immersion?
First Round Interviews – You will be contacted within a week of your application submission if you have been selected for an interview. You will have 10 days to set a date for the first round interview.
Second Round Interviews – You will be notified if you have received a second interview within 1 week after your first round interview.
Final Decision – You will be notified if you have been either selected/waitlisted/rejected by March 1st, the latest.
- June 5th-11th Advisor training with US team — TeamXtreme
- June 12th Advisors depart for either Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, or South Africa
- June 13th-18th Advisors take part in in-country training and preparation
- June 19th Scholars arrive in country
The application may be accessed at https://thinkimpact.wufoo.com/forms/the-institute-2013-advisor-application/