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VIRTUAL IMPACT LAB

The Virtual Impact Lab is a 6-week fully remote program offered for undergraduate students that aims to develop the next generation of responsible and inclusive leaders by challenging students to complete a social impact consulting project with a nonprofit or social enterprise in Peru, South Africa, or Spain. 

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CALLING ALL UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS 

​​​The program is only available for undergraduate students.  We also have program managers in each of the above mentioned places that will accompany the students throughout the program.

SESSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • This is a full-time program running from June to July (6 weeks).​​

  • It involves 40 flexible hours of work per week, including leadership development sessions, coaching and mentoring with an expert in the field of work of your project, meetings with the field partners, cultural sessions, meetings with the field partners, and time for each team to worj together on their project.  

LEARN

Leadership development

(30%)

The program includes leadership training to develop students´ responsible leadership skills and knowledge. You can expect sessions like: 

  • Emotional and cultural intelligence 

  • Strength-based teams 

  • Social Entrepreneurship

  • Adaptive Leadership

  • Intrapreneurship and Change agency

  • Impact Investing

  • Responsible Leadership

  • Social Entrepreneurship

  • Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Fundraising

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LIVE

LIVE: Cultural Immersion

(10%)

Even though this is a virtual program, we believe cross-cultural awareness and intelligence are an important part of the equation and thus dedicate a part of the program for students to understand their clients´ social and economic history. It is also a great time for networking and aids in team building. For this purpose, we offer activities like: 

 

Peru

  • Current Peruvian Affairs

  • Food and Peruvian Society

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

  • Cultural Awareness 

South Africa

  • SA historical context: Apartheid 

  • Cultural Awareness

  • Zulu class

Spain

  • Spanish Context: Spain and the EU

  • Flamenco class

  • Spanish Lesson

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LEAD

LEAD: Social Impact Project (60%)

The more experiential, practical side of the program involves challenging the students to apply what they learned in the leadership and professional development Emzingo|U workshops, by supporting a real client: a local NGO or social enterprise. In teams, they will undertake a social impact consulting project that directly makes an impact in their client´s community. This includes:

  • Consulting 101 

  • Coaching Sessions 

  • Project Clinics & Project Time 

 

We believe in the Human Centered Approach for tackling the project and thus we also provide sessions like: 

  • Human Centered Design workshops

  • Effective Presentation and storytelling 

  • Theory U Methodology

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MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT

Emzingo|U has worked with over 50+ organizations globally over the last several years. We try to source projects with a large variety of organizations that are working to solve many of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Field Partners vary every year, but here are some of the ones we have worked with to serve as a reference.

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Organisation Description: Non-profit company that inspires desirability and value for Africa and its people through opportunities that allow young people to develop authentic cross-cultural networks, while empowering them with skills to become active agents of change in their communities. This takes place alongside tours that allow travelers to experience diverse cultures and make a difference in local communities.


The Project: As part of Travel for Change’s efforts to expand its offering the company now requires a complete review of its marketing efforts with the aim of ultimately formulating a revised marketing plan / strategy. This includes conducting a SWOT, evaluating the company's target market, their social media platforms and identifying their ideal customer in order to propose a list of marketing activities they should be following.

Travel for Change Adventures

SOUTH AFRICA 2022

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MICROWD Spain 2021

Organisation Description: Microwd builds economic solutions to social problems through the financial inclusion of women entrepreneurs in Latin America (Nicaragua, Peru, and Mexico). At the time, they were undergoing a critical period as they were about to diversify by offering micro-insurance, pension funds and social housing (apart from microcredits alone).

 

The Project: It involved creating a report identifying methods that raise awareness around the idea of social impact for entrepreneurs. Students also had to implement a method in the MiCrowd strategy that would help women entrepreneurs identify as changemakers and solidify the community around them. 

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hÖSÈG

PERU

2022

Organisation Description: Höseg is a B Corp and is the first Peruvian collaborative outdoor clothing brand based on the business model ̈Buy One, Give One ̈ and “Buy one, Plant One”, aligned with our purpose of trying to change the world by improving someone's life, and someone else, and someone else …

Buy one, Give one: For each jacket, vest or hoodie sold, we give a solidarity jacket to a child in high Andean communities.

Buy one, Plant one: For each polo shirt or accessory sold, we plant an Andean cedar in Omacha, Cusco.

 

The Project: Develop a Marketing Strategy, focused on its new älpafill technology, for the brand's entry into the US market. 

TYPE OF PROJECTS

Our team works closely with all of our field partners to determine exactly what they need and where our Emzingo|U Fellows can truly add the most value. Over the years our fellows have leveraged their education and work experience to help organisations with the following themes and challenges:

  • Marketing, Strategy, Fundraising, New product or service, Business Modelling, Operations Management

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*At the beginning of the program we present to students the field partners we will work with and allow them to share with us their preferences. We do the best we can to allocate them to the field partner of their choice.

what we expect from students

We want students to learn all they need to become a responsible and inclusive leader, to further enrich their graduate experience with real clients and projects, to inspire their career in social impact and, ultimately, to have fun and make friends for life. For this, we need students to:

 

  • Show up on time and attend all Emzingo|U sessions

  • Engage in all group learning experiences and reflection

  • Participate in all cultural immersion and social impact sessions

  • Complete the team consulting project with a social enterprise or NGO and give your 110% to it. The client is counting on the allocated team to help them build and grow!

  • Be open-minded: seize new opportunities for growth and reflect on the overall experience or any discomfort you may feel along the way. 

  • Be courteous and kind: respect and engage with peers, field partners and speakers. This is a chance to grow personally and professionally!

  • Have fun and be awesome!!!

 
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