Enrolling Now: Online Changemaker Certificate Courses for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

A new partnership for National Peace Corps Association opens up courses in social entrepreneurship and social innovation design. Deadline is Saturday, Oct. 31 at midnight. 

By Dan Baker

National Peace Corps Association has launched an initiative to empower future changemakers from within the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer community as part of the Global Reentry Program.
As a first step in this direction, Social EntrepreneurU and Columbia Business School Venture for All are partnering with the National Peace Corps Association to offer social entrepreneurship and social innovation design courses for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

All courses are offered at discounted prices with select scholarship opportunities for live courses. 

Application deadline is Saturday, October 31 at midnight for the live course in Design Your Social Innovation. Applications for the asynchronous version may be received later.

We hope to have broad participation from the Peace Corps community for this inaugural cohort. Here at NPCA, we believe in using our connections and resources to help motivated and talented RPCVs access the knowledge, tools, and coaching they need to increase their ability to make a difference.

Courses are designed and taught by RPCV Greg Van Kirk (Guatemala 2001–03), who is an Ashoka Fellow and World Economic Forum Social Entrepreneur of the Year. Participants receive a certificate of completion from Columbia Business School "Venture for All" upon completion.


“Greg’s combined expertise in business and years of experience in social entrepreneurship around the globe give him a unique understanding about the drivers of social innovation. He has a remarkable ability to distill key strategic insights that explain success and communicate them in ways that are both accessible and inspiring.”

— David Bornstein, Co- Founder, Solutions Journalism Network / Author, “How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas”


Design Your Social Innovation

Enrollment Ends: Saturday, October 31

COURSE SNAPSHOT: Interested in learning how to convert inspiration into innovation and action? We've been designing social innovations for the past 20 years and provide you with the insights, tools, and frameworks you'll need to design for positive social change. Whether you're simply interested in building on your Peace Corps experience, have an idea in mind, or are already on your way, we're confident that we can create tremendous value in your social innovation design journey. 

This is a live 6 week, 4 hours per week course. Exact days and times will be decided upon polling participants. RPCV guest speakers. This is pass/fail. Participants will receive a “Certificate of Completion” from Columbia Business School Venture for All.

Cost: $650 with up to a 50 percent scholarship available from National Peace Corps Association (Hurry! Only five scholarships left). Advisory, coaching, and networking included. This price is only available for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.


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