Take your social impact leadership to the next level.

The Global Social Impact House brings together 22 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. Join a global community of purpose-driven leaders for a journey of connection, learning, and growth. The next program takes place January 6-12, 2019. 

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.

The only prerequisite for admission is completing CSIS’ free online course in social impact strategy.

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 exploring the rainforests of Belize, with the comfort of a beautiful retreat 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.

“GSIH gave me a huge confidence boost, and helped me acknowledge how far I’ve come. The community was second to none – the bond that was created in such a short space of time was incredible. I’m super excited for what comes next. I feel like the program gave me the opportunity to zoom out with a bunch of brilliant minds – and now I’ve got a much clearer and much more strategic path ahead.”

Linzi Hawkin – Founder, SUPKids

Apply if:

 — You are a founder of 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.

You have completed CSIS’ free Coursera class in social impact strategyThis is a required prerequisite.

The Gameplan.

Day 1 – Orientation // 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.

Day 2 – Building Community // Listen and learn from your new community of fellows. Get to hear one another’s stories and connect on the human level.

Day 3 – Storytelling // Learn a variety of techniques to communicate your ideas more effectively.

Day 4 – Design Thinking // 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.

Day 5  – Strategy // Dive into the nuts and bolts of your organization. Get feedback from your peers and coaches.

Day 6  – Peer to Peer Workshops // 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.

Day 7 – Closing & Departure

Download the GSIH 2019 Viewbook to learn more.

Key Details

  • Applications Due: October 10, 2018
  • Notifications Sent: **Due to the high volume of applications received, our admissions team is still reviewing applicants. We will send notifications to all applicants as soon as deliberation is complete.**
  • Program Dates: January 6-12, 2019
  • Location: Punta Gorda, Belize
  • Cost: Tuition, room, and board are free for all Fellows. Fellows are, however, responsible for personal travel costs to- and from Belize.