a year-long, paid fellowship in the United States
for professionals from Latin America and the Caribbean
Are you interested in serving abroad for a year? Are you interested in transforming The Americas into a united and just continent? If so, apply to be an Atlas Corps America Solidaria Fellow in the United States! We also invite you to share/forward this information to someone you think might be a candidate.
DEADLINES: April 5, 2017 (PRIORITY) | June 19, 2017 (FINAL)
The Atlas Corps America Solidaria Fellowship is a 12-18 month Fellowship in the United States for professional volunteers from Latin America and the Caribbean. Fellows serve full-time at local Host Organizations, which are nonprofit and grassroots organizations that typically work in the field of health, education and social development, youth development, and leadership development. In addition, Fellows will learn effective practices in nonprofit management through the Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab, the America Solidaria “out-of-country” orientation, and networking opportunities with other Fellows who are skilled social sector professionals from around the world and the Americas. This prestigious fellowship includes health insurance, enrollment in Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab and in America Solidaria Social Lab, flight and visa costs, and a living stipend to cover basic expenses (food, local transportation, and shared housing). After completing their term of service, Fellows return to their country of origin as global citizens, with leadership, cross-cultural understanding, and technical skills that position them well for further professional opportunities that support comprehensive approaches to poverty reduction.
Eligibility for the Atlas Corps America Solidaria Fellowship
The next group of Fellows for the Atlas Corps America Solidaria Fellowship will initiate their Fellowship in September 2017, January 2018, or May 2018. Atlas Corps receives hundreds of applications each month, so each of the steps listed above may take approximately 1-3 months. Occasionally Atlas Corps may “fast-track” applications for special opportunities, but in most cases, the vetting process will take several months overall. You may apply at any time and be considered, but we encourage you to spend some time on your application, including having it be reviewed by a peer, and then submit it as early as possible and not wait for any deadlines, so that we can start reviewing your eligibility and background. Below is the timeline to submit Part 1 of the application.
1. Online Application: You will need to create a login and you can save your responses so you can return to the application at any time. In Part 1 of the application (known as the “short form”), you provide contact information and complete the initial eligibility test, and if you pass the eligibility test, you’ll complete additional background questions and one short essay.
2. Online Application - Part 2 (by invitation only): Atlas Corps will review Part 1 applications and invite eligible candidates to complete Part 2 of the application (known as the “long form”), which includes additional questions about your skills and interests and several short essay questions. You will also be required to submit contact information for at least two references who know you in a professional capacity and will write a letter of recommendation about your skills and experiences as well as your potential for success as an Atlas Corps Fellow. You will need to send your requests for letter of recommendation directly through the application system. Your recommenders will receive an email that asks for a recommendation. More detailed instructions can be found in the online application form.
3. Atlas Corps Review Process (by invitation only): Atlas Corps will review Part 2 applications and select top candidates to interview via Skype with the Atlas Corps Selection Board, including Atlas Corps staff and nonprofit sector, government, and business leaders from multiple countries.
4. Host Organization Review Process (by invitation only): Candidates who pass the Atlas Corps interview stage will be designated as Semi-Finalists, which means they are eligible to be reviewed by potential Host Organizations for placements based on their interests and skillset and the organization’s needs. Host Organizations will conduct Skype video interviews with selected Semi- Finalists.
5. Selection and Visa Process: Host Organizations will make their final recommendations to Atlas Corps, and Atlas Corps will notify the selected candidates. After being selected, Fellows will go to the U.S. Embassy in their respective countries to apply for a J-1 visa. Atlas Corps will provide support in obtaining this visa.
Semi-Finalists who are not selected by a Host Organization will be notified and may be given the option to keep their application on file for consideration for the next class of the Fellowship.
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