Call for Applications: 2nd Latin American Academy of Socio-Environmental Leadership: Guatemala (2018)

Monday December 04, 2017

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The Global Diversity Foundation and SERES present the 2nd Latin American Academy of Socio-Environmental Leadership [Spanish title: 2ª Academia Latinoamericana de Liderazgo Socio-ambiental (ALLSA)]. This academy is born from the Global Environments Network (GEN) Initiative whose objective is to gather, share capacities and inspire changemakers who are actively seeking solutions to pressing environmental and social problems. Since 2011, GEN has held five fruitful summer academies, two regional academies and four community environmental leadership exchanges.

ALLSA 2018 is designed to deepen and expand learnings, explore critical pedagogies, develop social networks and improve communication skills for students, professionals and activists interested in the social-environmental dimensions of our current regional challenges. At ALLSA 2018, regional experts will participate as mentors, facilitating co-learning experiences with promising hispanic environmental leaders from Latin America. This year, ALLSA 2018 will focus on the intersections between youth, climate change and migration in Central America, the Caribbean, and North America. The objective is to facilitate a fruitful co-learning space for those particularly interested in those themes. (To read more on the conceptual focus of the academy, click here.)

ALLSA 2018 will take place between 30 June and 8 July 2018 in Guatemala, in collaboration with SERES – a nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate and catalyze youth leaders to create more just and sustainable communities in Central America.

Candidates must be between 20 and 35 years of age and be from Central America, the Caribbean or North America. For any non-native Spanish speakers, a professional working proficiency in Spanish is required. ALLSA 2018 invites participants working in the academic field, civil society, government, or the private sector. We also invite professionals and practitioners working in the arts, the humanities, the social and natural sciences, and on questions of social and environmental justice. Applications from indigenous and community leaders are especially welcome. Candidates must be actively engaged in a leadership role in one of the following areas: climate change, youth development, human rights, migration, social justice, environmental health, sustainability or another related field. Candidates must also be actively engaged in leading a project or initiative that meets the following criteria:

  • VISIONARY – the project or initiative proposes an original and innovative idea or approach that addresses a critical need;
  • BOLD – the project or initiative requires bold, creative and strong leadership to change the status quo and achieve impact;
  • TRACK RECORD – the project or initiative (under the candidate’s leadership) has been operating for at least 3 years and is verifiable by the selection committee. This may include pilot, start-up and/or implementation phases.

The fee for this program is $900 USD. This includes tuition, accommodation, meals, field visits and materials. It does not include transportation to Guatemala or the academy venue, travel or health insurance or other travel expenses. It is expected that participants will be proactive in raising funds to cover the cost of the program either through scholarships, crowdfunding campaigns, personal funds, employers’ funds, government funds or other means. Limited partial tuition scholarships are available to participants facing economic challenges.


Apply today!

Interested candidates must complete the application form here by 4 February 2018. Keep in mind that the selection process is divided into two phases.

  • Candidates selected in the first round of review will receive an email by 1 March 2018 indicating they have passed into the next phase. At that time, they will have to provide additional information concerning potential funding sources and other details we may require. If you indicate in your original application that you need a partial tuition scholarship, we will ask you to demonstrate your need for economic support.
  • Final candidates will be announced by 15 March 2018. The final selection of the cohort will depend not just on the candidate’s applications, but also on the diversity of the overall cohort. Factors such as gender, class, access to formal education as well as project focus areas will be considered. After carefully reviewing all applications, 35 final candidates will be selected and invited to participate.
  • If you are selected as a final ALLSA 2018 candidate, you will need to confirm your assistance by paying a deposit by 15 April 2018.


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