Take your social impact leadership to the next level.

The Global Social Impact House will bring together 25 global social entrepreneurs, creative intrapreneurs, community alchemists and innovators who are actively working on a social impact initiative in their organizations, industries and communities.

We welcome applicants with a compelling and tested concept for social impact, or who have completed the University of Pennsylvania’s Coursera Course on Social Impact to apply and join a global community of purpose-driven leaders for a journey of connection, learning, and growth. The program begins on May 11, 2017 in the western coast of Nicaragua  and concludes on May 18, 2017. 

GSIH is a seven-day residential program that provides fellows with the tools, community support, and training they need to advance their ventures. Workshops are customized to the needs of fellows and explore advanced concepts in business models, design thinking, and leadership. The program is also designed to help fellows build meaningful, global connections while living together in an inspirational host location.

The Center for Social Impact Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania will provide full scholarships to every fellow, which includes accommodation and food. However, fellows are responsible for covering travel and visa-related expenses to and from the host location. 

Please check back in December for the 2018 Program details.

New Perspectives

Get daily feedback, advice and new ideas from other fellows and coaches to improve your venture.

Inspirational Setting

Live at a certified yoga teacher training site, with incredible views of the coast and immediate beach access. Unplug, unwind and recharge here.

Applicable Tools

Learn from experienced social impact experts and mentors who will lead workshops on human-centered design, business strategy, and leadership -- tailored to meet your needs and desires.

Global Community

Develop meaningful, organic connections that last well beyond the seven days at the House.

Top Coaches

Our on-site coaches will help you design personal and professional roadmaps to chart the path for your success.

Digital Detox

Take time to intentionally disconnect with technology and reconnect with your personal purpose. Enjoy the adventure of surfing on the coast of Nicaragua, with the comfort of a state-of-the-art retreat and wellness facility.

In a world of constant change and challenges, we believe in building close-knit communities to solve problems collectively. Together, we’ll help you take your ideas to the next level and make a greater impact.

Apply today if:

 — You are a founder and/or leading an existing, early-stage social enterprise

 — You are an intrapreneur working on a social impact initiative within a large company, non-profit or organizations 

 — You have a clear idea of the needs of your customers / beneficiaries, have a working pilot and want to scale your ideas 

— You are looking to make a collective impact by joining a community of practice

You want to improve and grow your social enterprises or initiatives. Whatever stage you’re in — early design, piloting or scaling — we’ll help you create a more viable, feasible and desirable organization that drives higher levels of impact.

You want to connect with a global community and grow your professional network. We are creating a culture where deep, authentic connection is at the heart of the experience: you’ll leave Nicaragua Rica with a dynamic network of leaders driving change around the world.

You want to contribute your skills, talent and time. Our experience is immersive, designed in a way that encourages peer learning, perspective shifts and intentional activities that help social entrepreneurs develop stronger business models and strategies.

**While we encourage applicants from the University of Pennsylvania’s online course in social impact, this is not a prerequisite. If you have an idea to change the world, show us what you’ve got!**

The Gameplan.


[su_spoiler title=”+ Day 1 – Orientation” style=”simple”] Arrive in a physical space that is intentionally designed to feel more like a home than a school. We intentionally select a venue in an inspiring setting to promote ideation, experimentation and connection. [/su_spoiler][su_spoiler title=”+ Day 2 – Building Community” style=”simple”] Listen and learn from your new community of fellows. Get to hear one another’s stories and connect on the human level. [/su_spoiler][su_spoiler title=”+ Day 3 – Storytelling” style=”simple”]Learn a variety of techniques to communicate your ideas more effectively.[/su_spoiler][su_spoiler title=”+ Day 4 – Design Thinking” style=”simple”]Develop a growth mindset by participating in Human Centered Design workshops. Build new ideas, generate prototypes, get feedback and improve your ideas in real time. [/su_spoiler][su_spoiler title=”+ Day 5  – Strategy” style=”simple”]Dive into the nuts and bolts of your organization. Get feedback from your peers and coaches. [/su_spoiler][su_spoiler title=”+ Day 6  – Peer to Peer Workshops” style=”simple”]Fellows lead discussions and workshops on topics that interest them. This is a chance for fellows to exchange their knowledge and expertise with one another. [/su_spoiler][su_spoiler title=”+ Day 7 – Closing & Departure” style=”simple”] Depart [/su_spoiler]

Download a GSIH Viewbook.

Let us know if you’re interested and we’ll send you a detailed PDF that will tell you everything you need to know before you apply.

Key Details


Dates          May 11-18, 2017
Location       Magnific Rock, Nicaragua
Program Fee                       Admitted fellows will receive full scholarships which includes accommodation & food. Fellows are responsible for covering travel & visa-related expenses to and from the host location.
Deadline February 20, 2017


Register Here up for an Info Session.

Sign up here to join us on February 13th at 5:00 PM EST for an informational webinar. Over the course of a hour, you will hear from one of the program designers about GSIH and how it has developed over time. Hear answers to frequently asked questions and get a chance to ask any of your questions.

The Admissions Committee gives every application the fullest possible review and will notify applicants of their decision on or before the deadlines listed below. We encourage interested applicants to apply as early as possible, as we admit on a rolling basis and space is limited.