The SkillCorps Experience

It’s not just a 2-week trip. It’s a movement for change.

A Movement for Change

When you travel with SkillCorps, you’ll have the opportunity to use your skills where they’re needed most and experience a life-changing adventure. By using your expertise to transform lives and instill hope, you are participating in a movement for change.

We believe that the most important aspect of or work is sustainability.

With SkillCorps you’ll contribute to established partnerships with each center, building on previous trainings and laying the foundations for the next one.

 

SkillCorps:

  • Addresses needs by providing training to staff, parents, and caregivers.
  • Fosters hope by targeting skills which will enable individuals with autism to reach their full potential in their respective communities.
  • Takes on cultural humility in order to tackle pressing community issues, like awareness and advocacy.

The Journey of a Lifetime

The SkillCorps experience can’t be found in a guidebook. Our partnerships foster real, deep relationships with a novel culture. The culturally authentic relationships built between the center staff and our SkillCorps teams result in eye-opening and often life-changing experience.

By volunteering with SkillCorps you are opening yourself up to new experiences, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the wonders of the world, and the unique ability to make a lasting change where it is needed most.

Follow the journey of a typical SkillCorps volunteer to find out how to engage your professional skills as a citizen of the world

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The Beginning

Alexis receives a thank you note from a friend who recently traveled with SkillCorps. She has a feeling this would be a perfect experience for her as well!

After checking out the Global Autism Project Website

Alexis discovers that Indonesia would be a great fit for her skill set! She applies online with just a few easy steps.

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After interviewing with Global Autism Project staff, Alexis is accepted!

She joins the fundraising team and meets others on her trip through social media. After a successful fundraising campaign, Alexis uses the Global Autism Project travel agent to book her journey.

2 Days before her trip to Indonesia

Alexis flies to Brooklyn, New York to meet her team and get ready for the Journey of a lifetime! Alexis then flies to Indonesia with her SkillCorps team and trip leader! Her Journey has truly begun…

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Arrival

The team arrives at their accommodations in Jakarta and prepares for the week ahead.

Sharing Knowledge

Alexis begins working with Hi-5 Autism Center, meeting teachers with a passion and a drive – and the perfect place to share her knowledge.

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On the weekend

The SkillCorps team travels to Yogyakarta to see Pramadan, Borobudor at sunrise, and Mt. Merapi!

Community Awareness

The SkillCorps team works with members of Hi-5 to raise awareness for individuals with autism and the services they are providing to their community.

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Alexis reflects on her journey

The friendships she’s made, the knowledge she’s shared, and the measurable impact she has made on the staff at Hi-5 – as well as the children and parents.

Alexis keeps in touch with her team.

She’s found the insight gained while traveling monumental in her professional experience and can’t wait to gain more.

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24 Hours with SkillCorps

A SkillCorps team member’s typical day consists of quality work, time to relax or explore, and time to reflect. Our days are carefully constructed in order to meet the needs of the team members, while allowing them to stretch outside of their comfort zone to change the world – and have their world changed.

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7:00 am

The team will wake up and eat a home cooked balanced breakfast to prepare for the day.

8:00 – 8:30 am

The team commutes to the center together.

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8:30 am – 12:00 pm

The SkillCorps team observes teachers and students, providing support and encouragement to the staff member at the center.

12:00 pm – Lunch

The SkillCorps team sits down and enjoys a hot meal typical of Indonesia.

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1:00 pm

The team will share their observations from the morning with the staff at the center. They use this time for instruction – including role plays and feedback with Hi-5 staff.

 

4:00 pm

The team makes the quick walk home, stopping on the way for cold sodas.

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5:00 pm – 7:00pm

The team chooses to explore a local market, enjoying the sights and sounds of a new culture.

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The team reconvenes at the guesthouse to discuss the day. They make a plan for the next day’s observing and sharing time and note what went well about the day.

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8:30 pm

Time for bed! SkillCorps teams are encouraged to make sleep a priority so that they can fight off jet-lag and get the most from their experience.

Safety Abroad

At the Global Autism Project, safety is our #1 priority. We have a comprehensive safety plan, with up-to-the-minute updates about conditions abroad and at home. Guidelines for SkillCorps team members and staff ensure that everything is covered – from personal safety to cultural security.

Accommodations

Research by our team and our partners in-country is conducted to ensure that the accommodations in-country are clean and safe.

Food and Water

We provide clean, safe drinking water.

The meals provided by our partners align with our standards of safety and hygiene: Proper cooking temperatures, clean hands, appropriate attire, and preventing cross-contamination.

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Transportation

Only secure vehicles or private cars are used by SkillCorps teams for transportation in-country.

Flights are arranged using a travel agent which can change flights on a moment’s notice and keeps up with current affairs.

How We’re Different

Cultural Humility

 

What is Culture?

“Actually, the most important part of culture…is that which is hidden and internal but which governs the behavior encounter.” (Hall 1976)

 

What is Cultural Humility?

Cultural humility is the life-long practice of self-reflection, challenging assumptions and belief systems and working to understand the hidden and internal factors which impact the behavior of a culture.

How do we apply it?

We prepare our SkillCorps teams to be immersed in a new culture. While customs and best practices are reviewed and discussed prior to traveling, we encourage all team members to practice cultural humility and get to know the culture they are immersed within on a deeper level.

We do not practice voluntourism.

SkillCorps is distinct from voluntourism in two ways:

  • Our volunteers are trained professionals with an applicable skill set, targeted to the needs of our partners.
  • We practice sustainable development. We are in constant communication with our partners year-round and ensure the work done on SkillCorps trips is implemented and practiced accordingly.

Fundraising

Each SkillCorps team member has the full support of the Global Autism Project.

Each team member will create a Crowdrise fundraising page with your personal story and information about our mission and vision.

Your fundraising covers:

  • Accommodations in New York for orientation
  • Accommodations in-country
  • 1-2 meals per day in-country
  • In-country transportation

As a SkillCorps team member, you will have the opportunity to raise money for the Global Autism Project.

A fundraising minimum of $5000 is required for each team member. We call it a minimum because we’ve had many volunteers raise even more!

This is a great opportunity to spread the word about the good work you are doing, raise awareness for autism abroad, and open up dialogue about sustainable development.

 

Funds Raised By SkillCorps Team Members

Ready to Go?!

India

  • July 12-29, 2017
  • October 25 – Nov. 14, 2017

Kenya

  • July 12-29, 2017
  • October 25 – Nov. 14, 2017

Nicaragua

  • July 12-29, 2017
  • October 25 – Nov. 14, 2017

Dominican Republic

  • July 12-29, 2017
  • October 25 – Nov. 14, 2017

Indonesia

  • July 12-29, 2017
  • October 25 – Nov. 14, 2017

Nigeria

  • July 12-29, 2017
  • October 25 – Nov. 14, 2017
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