Trips – University of British Columbia

Igniting Enterprise: Entrepreneurship Education for Healthy Economies


Cost: $1400 CAD + Flight Costs
Departure City: Any
Departure Date:
August 21, 2020
Return Date:
August 30, 2020
August 21 - 30, 2020

Chuacruz, Gautemala

Cost: $1400 CAD + Flights
Participation fee includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals, and 24/7 in-country support

Trip Overview:
In rural regions of Guatemala, there are many aspiring young entrepreneurs wanting to create new economic opportunities for themselves and their communities. Trip participants will have the opportunity to learn about the business landscape across cultures while lending their knowledge to assist high school students as they develop and assess ideas for new enterprises.

Itinerary Highlights Include:
  • Delivering educational workshops on market research, business planning, marketing and financial literacy
  • Acting as coaches to teams of local high school students as they assess ideas for launching new businesses and expanding existing ones
  • Visit Guatemalan businesses and participating in cross cultural dialogues about business, economics, and entrepreneurship

This program is ideal for any one interested in business entrepreneurship, marketing, economic empowerment, international business, and community development.

Community Profile:

Chuacruz is a small rural village located in the department of Chimaltenango in Guatemala. The population is predominantly Indigenous and have faced many years of poverty, marginalization and violence leading to several development challenges. Many of the local people lack access to formal education and jobs, which further reinforces the cycle of poverty. SOS has held several outreach trips in this community in the past helping improve school infrastructure and improving living conditions. This trip will help address these challenges and build awareness and entrepreneurial skills within the community to create new forms of income generating activities.

Who We Work With

SOS works exclusively with registered non governmental organizations (NGOs) in every country we work in to not only ensure the efficiency of our projects, but to ensure our volunteers have the best experience.

Partner NGO Profile:

Semillas de Innovation para Desarrollo Sostenable (SIDS)
This project is being implemented in collaboration with Semillas de Innovation para Desarrollo Sostenable (SIDS); a not-for-profit community organization supporting innovation and sustainable development throughout Guatemala. SIDS and SOS have worked together since 2012 on 18 education-based projects throughout Guatemala. Husband and wife Edil and Sheily created SIDS after completing the SEED Scholarship program, funded by USAID, providing opportunities for advanced education among rural community leaders throughout Guatemala.

What's Included?

SOS volunteers sleep in available community structures (classrooms, community centers, churches), and live as close to the conditions of the community as possible.

SOS works directly with Flight Centre to process all volunteers' Outreach Trip logistics from your travel insurance to your in country needs like clean drinking water and accommodations!

Three meals a day plus clean drinking water and snacks! Meals will consist of rice, beans, tortillas, and fruit/vegetables. Soups, stews, and pasta dishes are common as well. Most dietary restrictions and allergies can accommodated.

SOS works exclusively with registered non governmental organizations in every community to ensure our volunteers have the best experience possible.