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Guatemala International Development 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The non-profit sector is an integral part of modern day society. This course is designed to provide an introduction to non-profit and volunteer organizations and the fundamental principles of the non-profit sector. The course will examine the types of organizations in the non-profit sector and the political, social and economic roles of these organizations. Students will be introduced to the primary aspects of non-profits that distinguish them from public and private organizations. Non-profit governance and leadership, fundraising, financial sustainability, communication and public relations, legalities and the challenges faced by non-profit organizations will be discussed. Through service-learning experiences and case studies of non-profit organizations in Guatemala, students will be offered a variety of hands-on experiences designed to facilitate a deeper understanding of the visions, objectives, and challenges of organizations, as well as non-profit operations in general.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  • Understand the foundations of non-profit and volunteer organizations and be familiar with the contemporary theories of the non-profit enterprise
  • Understand the role of the non-profit sector in society
  • Develop a basic understanding of non-profit operations, such as governance, leadership, fundraising, communication, public relations and strategic planning
  • Understand the aspects of non-profits that distinguish them from public and private organizations
  • Develop knowledge of the major fields and types of organizations in the non-profit sector
  • Understand management structures of non-profits, including the purpose, function and responsibilities of the non-profit board
  • Apply understanding of non-profit organizations to provide a context and connection to hands-on volunteer experience

LECTURE TOPICS

  • Brief history of the non-profit sector
  • Scope, structure and focus areas of non-profit organizations
  • Political, social and economic roles of non-profits
  • Non-profit governance and leadership
  • Strategic planning and collaborative partnerships for non-profits
  • Fundraising and financial sustainability of non-profits
  • Issues and challenges faced by non-profit organizations
  • Growth and future of the non-profit sector

FIELD STUDIES & EXERCISES

  • Live and work on a local organic coffee farm cooperative
  • Participate in a reforestation project
  • Work with local youth in an after school program
  • Construct a Safe Stove in a local community
  • Partake in Guatemalan cultural workshops and activities
  • Trek to Lago de Atitlán with a non-profit expedition organization

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At a Glance

Community Service & Academics
  • 55 Hours
  • 3 Credits
College Credit
  • 3 international development Credits

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