chennai, India

Social Entrepreneurship Volunteering & Career Coaching Experience

Support No Poverty

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Skills Needed

  • Business Strategy
  • Communications
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Social Media
  • Training

Language Proficiencies

You must be able to speak English.

When Can You Start?

You can start as soon as possible and stay for 2 weeks to 7 weeks



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Project Details

Description and Impact

Help support social enterprises in India as well as get career coaching and social entrepreneurship training in either 2 or 6 weeks.

Following a successful pilot programme in November in Kenya, we are recruiting volunteer Social Enterprise Consultants for 2015, who we will train to support the learning of a group of young grassroots social entrepreneurs. In our 2 weeks immersion experience you will be fully supported and will be part of an international team all going on this journey together. This is in part a career coaching experience for you, as we will create the space for you to figure out your own career goals but at the same time you will gain unrivalled hands on experience in the world of social enterprise overseas. Over 6 weeks you'll go deeper into the launch cycle and work more on your own business ideas.

_The Social Starters ethos

We are designing human-centred programmes that see the growth of social enterpreneurship in hard to reach places. And are looking for people to join us!

We do this by connecting and collaborating with talented people. We take career changers and career breakers, post-grads and sabbaticalists, corporate learners and freelancers to amazing places, to work alongside hard to reach young talent, to develop social impact businesses. In turn we help you get equipped to either launch your own game changing start up, bring social innovation into your work or move into the sector.

_What you would do.

* Get trained by us in social entrepreneurship and start-up methodologies

* Provide support and mentorship to grassroots social entrepreneurs

* Live in an exotic location (escaping the British winter!)

* Get coached in order to help you unearth your own passions and values to discover what the right career is for you

We will equip you with a toolkit that teaches you about global social entrepreneurship and problem solving - and together we'll design a plan for how to work with existing young social entrepreneurs. Yes! In two weeks. 



_Who are you.

Having worked relentlessly for years in various corporates, in challenging leadership or executive roles, you've been wondering how you can 'escape the city'. Perhaps you have seen our 6 week flagship programme but couldn't take the time off work? Or you've been looking at ways to take a break but do something completely different.

Due to demand for shorter immersion experiences we are launching a new two week programme for corporate's who want to take holiday but do so much more than just lie on a beach!

_Who you will you be working with.

There'll be a focus on development contexts and poverty reduction; and you would be trained in specific techniques that enable you to on to support your clients appropriately. You will then spend the remaining time identifying problems, designing solutions, testing ideas, and building brands.

Your clients will be a small group of grassroots Indian social entrepreneurs. They have tonnes of ideas, and will be generating revenue whilst impacting positively in the community. But what they need is some support around how they can still be doing this in 10 year's time, and you will be introducing tools and methodologies that mean they can become more sustainable whilst building more capacity within their organisations.  

_The Opportunity

India is a hotbed of social entrepreneurial talent so this is a really exciting opportunity to get involved at a grassroots level, gain hands on experience in international development and make a real difference to people's lives.

You will also work on your own start-up ideas and be able to utilise the skills and knowledge of the international group.

Additional Useful Skills

  • Open mindedness
  • entrepreneurialism
  • people skills

We Provide These Local Benefits

Benefits Overview

  • Accommodations
  • Learning Opportunity
  • Good For Groups


Our accommodation is provided as part of the programme fee. It can vary in terms of whether its a guest house or apartment, but either way we guarantee that it will always be comfortable!

Learning Opportunity

You will learn how to launch a business! And a social impact business to boot. It can be a product or service, but either way you will gain the confidance to take the next step in your own start-up journey, or we'll give you a space to think about what it is you really want to do.

As well as that you will immerse yourselve into a new culture, meet interesting people who are changing the world for the better, and you'll get to share your story across our blog and social media platforms.

You'll pick up new marketing and branding skills as well as gain a broader world view and inner confidance.

Additional Benefits

We'll help you plan your time off for sure

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