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The mission of Atlas Corps is to address critical social issues by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and promoting innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled nonprofit professionals.
America Solidaria’s Fellows foster preexisting cooperation networks within the Americas to strengthen local projects in order to improve the life quality of the poorest and most excluded people of the hemisphere.
The Atlas Corps – America Solidaria Fellowship is a 12-month Fellowship in the United States for Fellows from Latin America and the Caribbean. In September 2014, Atlas Corps and America Solidaria launched the pilot Atlas Corps America Solidaria Fellowship. Fellows serve full-time at local Host Organizations -nonprofit and grassroots organizations that work in the fields of health, education and social development to benefit children and youth, develop leadership skills, and learn nonprofit best practices. Fellows additionally receive complimentary trainings through the America Solidaria out-of country orientation, the Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab professional development series, and networking opportunities with other Fellows who are skilled nonprofit professionals from around the world. This fellowship includes health insurance, enrollment in the Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab and in the 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 year of service, Fellows return to their country of origin as global citizens, with leadership capacity, cross-cultural understanding, and technical skills that position them well for future professional opportunities.
What is the eligibility criteria?
– Citizens or permanent residents of Latin America or the Caribbean.
– 35 years or younger.
– Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
– 2 or more years of relevant experience in the nonprofit/NGO/social or public sector
– English proficiency (oral, writing, reading).
– Commitment to return to your home country after the 12-month fellowship.
What is included?
– Travel to and from country of service.
– Placement at a “Host Organization”. Fellows will be placed for a full time, 50-week volunteer position at a U.S. nonprofit/grassroots organization.
– Health insurance.
– Enrollment in Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab and Emerging Global Leaders Initiative (EGLI)-Atlas Corps Fellowship.
– Out-of-country two weeks orientation that provides cross-cultural, technical, health and safety skills in Chile.
– Visa costs.
– Living stipend to cover basic expenses adequate to support a modest lifestyle for one person based on the local cost of living (food, local transportation, and shared housing).
– Health Insurance.
– Alumni Americas and Atlas Corp Network.
– End of Service Award
The Fellows program for the Atlas Corps America Solidaria Fellowship will begin in September 2015. Here is the approximate calendar for September 2015:
April 3, 2015: Priority deadline for the September Fellowship
April 3 – May 29, 2015: Semi-finalists are selected through interviews are conducted by Atlas Corps and America Solidaria
June 2015: Semi-finalists interview with Host Organization for Fellowship placements
July 2015: Semi-finalists will learn whether or not they have been selected by the end of the month.
August, Second and Third Week: Two Weeks Out-of-Country Orientation in Chile (America Solidaria)
September, Third Week: Orientation Week in the United States (Atlas Corps)
September 25 or 28, 2015: Fellows’ first day at Host Organizations
1. Online Application: All applications need to be submitted online. We will not accept applications via email or mail. You will need to create a login and save your responses so you can return to the application at any time. The application consists of background information, personal biography, essays, and letters of recommendation.
NOTE: In order to sponsor candidates to come to the United States for one year as a Fellow, we require detailed information about each applicant. The U.S. Government requires much of the information we are asking for in the application. Your responses also facilitate your Host Organization placement. Please answer each question honestly and accurately. It is critical to be honest and complete in your application. If you are found to be dishonest in the application, you will NOT be accepted as a Fellow and you will be sent home if you have been accepted.
APPLICATION FORM: http://www.atlascorps.org/americasolidaria.php
2. Letters of Recommendation: The Atlas Corps-America Solidaria 2015 Fellowship requires two letters of recommendation from individuals who know you in a professional capacity and can write about your skills and experiences as well as your potential for success as an Atlas Corps – America Solidaria Fellow. You will need to send your request for a letter of recommendation directly through the application system. Your recommender will receive an email that asks for a recommendation. More detailed instructions can be found in the online application form. Recommendation letters should be submitted within two weeks after submitting your application.
3. Review Process: Candidate Review Committees convene in April-May. Independent expert panelists with regional experience who work in Atlas Corp, America Solidaria, Government, international organizations, or non-governmental organizations are recruited to review applications from the Americas. English writing tests and phone interviews will be conducted with semi-finalists. Host Organizations will conduct Skype video interviews with selected finalists. Host Organizations will make their final recommendations to Atlas Corps and America Solidaria.
4. Visa Process: After being selected, candidates 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.
Join us in our dream of overcoming poverty and integrating the continent. Solidarity Without Borders!
We look forward to reviewing your application!