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Congratulations to the graduates of the first cohort of MINNspire! Ten MINNspire participants completed the program on March 18, 2015. Through a partnership with St Catherine University Leadership Institute, the classes occurred on their St. Paul campus. These graduates truly epitomize MINN’s tagline: Doing Global Good Better!
MINNspire is a series of four evening classes, with additional in-between class readings. It is a curriculum exclusively created for Minnesotans aged 50+ who have experience, or are looking to gain experience, in the international sector through volunteer or consulting opportunities abroad. The curriculum was created by professional volunteer coordinators, consultancy recruiters, experienced international volunteers and others with on the ground, real-world experience in the international development sector, to assist adults in realizing their life goal of giving back abroad.
The first cohort of MINNspire students included a wide-variety of adults - from a seasoned international consultant to someone considering her first international assignment. MINNspire is a supportive environment for participants to express and explore their passion, as well as their fears, regarding giving back and to think critically about how they collaborate with others abroad. The class covered such topics as: Planting the Seed (assessing your international interest); Considering Your International Opportunities; Getting to the Field; Culture Shock and Returning from the Field. In addition, class participants were invited to share their own experiences or intentions to move forward in their international endeavors, ending with a "graduation".
If you are interested in participating in MINNspire cohort 2 in the fall, we invite you to write firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.