(Note: Exact dates will be determined with students and schools once we have students enrolled in any of the Cycles)
Following are questions to help us get to know you better. Be honest with your answers - living in another country is a wonderfully unique, rewarding opportunity but it does have its challenges. If you let your personality and real thoughts come through, it will help all of us ensure that your Ceiba experience is everything it can be. Don’t worry if you don’t have any international experience to this point in your life, it doesn’t disqualify you from Ceiba. There are plenty of challenges that can come up at home in all different forms and we are more interested in how you’ve worked with those challenges than how many places you’ve been. There are no wrong answers, just give these questions some thought and we look forward to learning more about you!
LETTERS OF SUPPORT
Please provide two letters of support for your application. One letter is to be from a teacher or counselor at your school. The other letter is to be from someone in your community (family members count and they can provide a letter if you choose) that can provide a character reference for you. Please ask your references to include their contact information, just in case we have any further questions for them. Also, have your references email the letters to you in PDF format and then upload them to your application.
Letters should address your preparedness for the Ceiba program - your emotional, creative, and intellectual investment into different tasks that come your way. You will be living in a shared- housing situation, working in communities far different than those you’ve grown up in, responsible for maintaining your studies in an untraditional environment, and representing yourself, your service organization, and Ceiba in a dynamic creative way. Letters should talk about you as a whole person and how you would contribute to the Ceiba experience.
As a final step to your application, you will have a phone or Skype interview with our Spanish teacher. This is to gauge your confidence with your spoken Spanish - it is not a vocabulary test but rather how comfortable you are when speaking, even if you don’t have all the words. You will be interacting almost daily with local Guatemalans who don’t speak any English at all so your comfort level is important. Again, it is not that you know all the words, it’s that you do your best - your fluency will increase a thousand times over while you’re in Guatemala!
There will also be a call from either Scott Garrison, Director of Education, or Kamillia Hoban, Director of Operations, so that we can answer any last questions or address any other concerns you have as we review all the applications.
Guatemala: (502) 5385-1180
USA: (203) 208-8860