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The current Summer Program in Eastern Europe offers interested students the opportunity to gain insight into global civil society, to learn about the challenges of creating and leading effective and sustainable social enterprises, and to make a positive impact by working closely with a non-profit organization in Budapest, Hungary.

The program takes students to Krakow, Poland, Prague in the Czech Republic, and Budapest. 

During the seven-week program, students earn nine management credits through a combination of lectures, case studies, readings, guest speakers, and direct engagement with a non-profit organization.  The goal is for students to better understand the realities of social entrepreneurship and the leadership that it takes to develop strong civil societies.

The Eastern Europe experience will develop students’ ability to make a positive contribution to organizations dedicated to creating social value and addressing the needs of society. Whether a student's future plans involve starting or working for a non-profit, a social business, or a for-profit company, this program will provide them with theoretical and experiential knowledge of the international social sector.

 “Overall after having this experience I feel like I have come a long way both personally and professionally. I am more confident in my abilities to work independently and with less direction, which I feel is a valuable skill to have in any type of workplace since creative thinking and initiative are highly sought after qualities in job candidates. I also feel that personally I made an amazing connection with these women and the company they have founded, which is doing incredible things for the women of Tard and the country of Hungary.”  --Marissa Olson, IAML, about her hands-on project in Hungary with the social enterprise Matyo Design.

 

 “There were many lessons I learned and many key takeaways from my internship position at Kreater. I had to learn different areas of a business and get out of my comfort zone.(…) learning how to deal with and work with limited resources. Being a small social enterprise, Kreater did not have as many resources available to work with as I am used to from other work experiences back in the United States. Needless to say this was an interesting challenge but it ultimately made me be more efficient and think outside the box in order to maximize the resources I was provided with and make the most of them.” -- Ricardo Garcia Rulfo, Business Administration major about working with Kreater. 

"Learning to organize, manage, and facilitate our own progress in this project was the key lesson that I took away from this experience. I regularly practice these skills in my engineering and group-based courses, but I did not expect to act as independently during my social enterprise internship this summer."  -- Dionne McKenzie, BMED, about her internship with United Way

We have a collection of students' internship videos availble for viewing. 

Application Process

The program is open to all Georgia Tech and other University System of Georgia students who have completed their 4th semester* (only applies to undergraduate students) by Summer 2015 and are in good academic standing. *If you have not completed 4 semesters by 2015, but would like to attend the program, please consult with the program directors to determine if an exception to this requirement can be made.

  • All interested students have to follow the general summer study abroad application procedures available on the OIE website.
  • Early application deadline (including deadline for Munchak scholarship requests) is December 15, 2015
  • General application deadline is February 14, 2015
  • Full program fee payment deadline is March 28, 2015**
  • Group size is limited to 12 students - apply early to reserve your spot.

The OIE application is considered complete when you have filled out the online questionnaire, paid the $500 deposit fee, and have mailed your transcript to the OIE.

In addition to the general GT application process detailed on the OIE website, please submit a one-page letter in which you address the following three subjects:

  • What is your interest in social entrepreneurship (do you have any experience in this field, or what made you interested in learning about it)?
  • What are the areas of social need that are of special interest to you (for example: environment, education, health, etc.)?
  • Describe your skills (technical or otherwise) that you believe could make a meaningful contribution to a non-profit organization that you will work with.

This will help us assess your areas of interest and competencies, and guide our decisions when assigning students to work with the participating non-profit organizations.

Submit your letter by emailing it to

**Students receiving financial aid should consult the program faculty about their options to extend this deadline, if needed.

 

Courses (click to view)

*Graduate students: please contact the program directors to inquire about the option of taking these courses at the graduate level.

The Eastern Europe Abroad Program is a 9 - hour integrated program composed of three courses:

MGT 4803 - Business Fundamentals for Social Entrepreneurs
This course can be counted towards the Entrepreneurship Certificate, the General Management ILE Cluster concentration or the Leadership Minor (MGT Track). Syllabus

This course is designed to teach students how to apply fundamental business skills in organizations that seek to create social value. Most business courses are focused on creating economic value through for-profit organizations. Business skills are also critical in organizations that are tasked with creating social as well as economic value. The ability of students to apply this knowledge and skills will help them attract and manage the human and financial capital needed for success. Syllabus

MGT 4611 – Integrative Management Analysis (practicum component)
This course can be counted toward the Leadership Minor (MGT track), or Entrepreneurship Certificate, or the Leading and Managing Human Capital concentration. For more information about the Leadership Minor click here.

Students will be actively engaged in addressing management challenges and opportunities of a non-profit organization in Hungary.  In small groups, students will work with the leadership team on projects to enhance the capacity of the non-profit to better serve its constituents. Syllabus

MGT 4191 - Entrepreneurship Forum or MGT 4192 IMPACT forum*

The purpose of this course is to expose students to, and facilitate a dialogue with, individuals and organizations that have had an impact in the international sector. Through site visits and presentations by guest lecturers students will learn about the country and the European Union-specific challenges and opportunities which non-profit organizations face in Central and Eastern Europe. Syllabus

* Students will enroll in either MGT 4191 OR 4192 for a total of 3 credits. Students can use one of these classes towards the Leadership Minor (MGT track), the Entrepreneurship Certificate, or the Leading and Managing Human Capital concentration. If students completed either 4191 or 4192 on the Atlanta campus prior to the Study Abroad, they will enroll in the course number they have not yet taken. For more info about the Entrepreneurship Certificate requirements   click here

Fees

The 2015 program fee is $4,450. This includes the $500 non-refundable deposit fee due at the time of application, housing in Budapest, Prague, and Krakow, ‘breakfast when staying in hotel, lunches during the week for the Budapest portion, and any meals that are listed as group activity on the schedule,  public transport tickets, books and course packets, group activities, transportation to all program related sites, and insurance while abroad. Students are responsible for covering meals and lodging for the Atlanta portion of the program (first week of the program).

Tuition is not included in the Program Fee. For current tuition rates and what GT fees apply to study abroad participants please consult the Georgia Tech Bursar Office webpage.

In addition, students should budget for roundtrip airfare (about $1,500), for meals not covered by the program fee (about $400), and for lodging, if needed, during the Atlanta portion of the program.

There are several scholarships available on campus for study abroad. We encourage you to inquire at the Office of International Education about these (i.e. Orraca-Dunn and Gillman scholarships)

The Munchak Scholarship

The ILE offers a limited number of Munchak Fellow Scholarships for students with financial need, who have a strong desire to participate in the Program, and demonstrate a deep commitment to creating social value through their work on this program. Applicants should submit a one-page statement of purpose explaining why they believe they would be good candidates for this award, including what other sources of financial support they are exploring, and the amount they hope to receive through the ILE. In addition they should provide a recommendation letter from a professor, mentor, or academic advisor. The statement and letter should be submitted to the program directors.

The total amount of scholarships to be awarded will be determined by the Munchak Fellows Committee based on the applications submitted. In 2014 a total of $5,000 was awarded to students in the program.

Schedule

The detailed schedule for the seven-week program that will occur in the summer of 2015 is still under construction. The tentative program start date is end of May, concluding around mid or late of July. Check back soon for more detailed information about the schedule or sign up for an email notice by contacting Nicole Howe (). 

Project Partners

We are proud and honored to work with the following social enterprises in Hungary – they add tremendous value to our students’ learning experience, and we are grateful for their involvement:



Bátor Tábor - Whole in the Wall Camps (website)
Established in 2001, Bátor Tábor offers complex therapeutic recreation programs for children with cancer, diabetes, JRA or haemophilia and for their families. Yearly over 700 campers participate in programs that they otherwise might miss out on due to their illnesses. Be it rowing, horseback-riding, archery, arts & crafts, dancing, music, sports, acting or high-ropes courses, all programs are meant to provide a feeling of success, which positively influences the kids’ self-esteem and recovery process.

CEEweb for Biodiversity (website)
Founded in 1994 (under the name of Central and East European Working Group for the Enhancement of Biodiversity), with the support of the European Union and two Hungarian NGOs; the National Society of Conservationists and Green Action. One primary aim of the organization is to help the implementation of international tasks under the Convention on Biological Diversity. Presently CEEweb is the only network in operation which has been set up and run by nature conservation NGOs in Central and Eastern Europe. The mission of CEEweb for Biodiversity is the conservation of biodiversity in Central and Eastern Europe through the promotion of sustainable development.  CEEweb works through advocacy, influencing decision making, common projects, capacity building, networking and awareness raising.  It targets its members, local, national and international decision makers, NGOs and NGO networks, companies and the scientific community. 

Center for Independent Journalism (website)
The Center for Independent Journalism (CIJ) is a non-profit and non-political organization with the aim of promoting ethical, fact-based journalism and independent media in Hungary.

Video of students discussing their CIJ internship.

Eco Service - Okoszolgalat (website)

Eco Service is the first of its kind eco consulting office in Hungary. Their mission is to provide positive examples, advice, practical ideas, and professional help to as many people as possible for living a rational, efficient, environmentally conscious lifestyle. Their Green Corner (Zoldzug) store provides consumers with green household products and healthy and wholesome food items. 

Video of students discussing their Eco Service internship

Fruit of Care (website)
Develops, designs and markets a high quality, designer product line of unique home decoration and gift items created by people with intellectual disabilities working in sheltered workshops. It provides professional help to sheltered workshops in order to make their products more competitive and reach their full financial and social potential and thus be an effective tool to combat discrimination and prejudice against people with intellectual disabilities.

Habitat for Humanity Hungary (website)

Habitat for Humanity Hungary was established in 1996. In that year former president of the United States Jimmy Carter, and his 500 volunteers, built ten homes within a week in Vác. Following this massive building effort, affiliates were founded in several communities around Hungary. To date, we have served 850 families at ten different locations. About 150 families moved into a new Habitat home, and about 250 families participated in different repair and renovation projects. We also served 450 families with financial education and construction technical assistance. 

Kreater (website)
Kreater’s team includes young social scientists, businesspersons, and researchers who are inspired by the endless creative opportunities in the area of social development. Both the lab’s core staff and its circle of external associates is expanding continuously, adding partners who embody a new generation of social responsibility by virtue of their ideas, the projects they pursue, and the support and feedback they provide to the manifold activities that Kreater engages in.

Video of students discussing their Kreater internship.

Matyo Design (website)
Matyo Design is a social enterprise that seeks to preserve Hungarian folk tradition, specifically the use of the floral embroidery motifs characteristic of a rural area of Hungary called Matyo. They do this by creating modern fashion that incorporates these designs, employing local, skilled women to do the embroidery.  

Video of students discussing their Matyo internship.

NESsT (website
NESsT works to solve critical social problems in emerging market countries by developing and supporting social enterprises that strengthen civil society organizations' financial sustainability and maximize their social impact. NESsT achieves its mission by combining the tools and strategies of business entrepreneurship with the mission and values of nonprofit entrepreneurship to support the development of social enterprises in emerging democracies worldwide. 

Romani Design (website)
Created by Erika Varga, Romani Design sells one-of-a-kind, Roma-inspired clothing and accessories that have been featured on runways across Europe. Beyond her financial and marketing successes, Erika wants to make more of an impact in society. Erika seeks to use her company for a higher purpose: to lessen discrimination towards the Roma (gypsy) people through expressing the beauty of their culture. 

Video of students discussing their Romani Design internship.

United Way Hungary (website)
UWH is member of the United Way Worldwide. Their mission is to strengthen the spirit of volunteerism in Hungary, to support individual and families living in tough conditions, and specifically to focus on creating a safe and healthy environment for children and youth throughout Hungary. Using their unique Community Impact approach UWH aims to prevent household accidents involving kids. UWH works with elementary school teachers to incorporate safety education for children in the National Curriculum.

 

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Program Contacts
Useful Resources
Summer 2014 Blog

To learn more about what the group did in 2014 read through their blog entries

Internship Videos

Students are asked to create short videos about their internships. See them here. 

Photos From The Program

An album of recent photos highlighting the Program experience. 

More Resources

Social entrepreneurship is an exciting and increasingly popular area of study and a revolutionary model for addressing many of the problems communities, people, and the environment – locally and globally – face. To find out more about this topic and the beautiful countries that are part of this program, check out some of the links below or visit the program faculty who will be happy to provide you with more information.