The International Institute for Social Entrepreneurs (IISE)

Call For Applications for IISE 2011 Program 


Do you have a dream of starting and leading your own social project? 

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of others? 

If your answer is yes, then The International Institute for Social 

Entrepreneurs (IISE) in Kerala, India, is the study program for you. 


The IISE focuses on leadership training in order to create social change. 

The participants, all over 22 years of age, are inspiring visionaries who mainly come from developing nations. All of them have overcome significant life challenges ranging from vision impairment, disability, poverty, war, discrimination and exploitation. They have a passion to make the world a better place and the strength to be forces of good rather than victims of circumstance. 


Throughout IISE's 11-month programme, participants develop all the necessary skills to succeed as social innovators/entrepreneurs. Workshops and hands-on practice in the areas of management, public speaking, communication, leadership, fund raising, budgeting, bookkeeping, project proposal writing, marketing, public relations, computing with open software technology, and others, give IISE's participants all the necessary tools to start their own social projects. All selected participants receive a full scholarship, including travel costs, accommodation and a high-end course by internationalexperts. 

To ensure high quality training, IISE accommodates a maximum of 32 participants per academic year. 


Every IISE participant is an active, contributing, independent, self-confident and skilled adult visionary, possessing expertise in different fields. 

You, as a potential participant, are therefore not coming to IISE as a student, but as an expert. Our expectation of your participation and commitment to our programme is therefore very high. To this end, before proceeding to the application process, we want you to ask yourself the following questions: 


- Am I willing to spend 11 months of my life in a developing country working intensively in the pursuit of my social entrepreneurship/leadership skills? 

- Am I willing to participate in all activities giving every time the best of my knowledge, experience, creativity, and energy? 

- Am I willing to help others achieve their goals and develop their skills in areas I consider myself an expert? 

- Am I willing to come to the Institute with a spirit of exchange, contribution and teamwork? 

- Am I one hundred percent committed to making my goals, dreams, vision and social project come true, continuing even after I complete the program? 


If you answered YES to all the above questions, and if your English skills are good, then you are the right candidate and we would encourage you to apply for the IISE program. 


Join IISE and impact your future and that of others. 


Please find here the application form: 




Please copy the text below in a Word or Open Office document. 

Answer the following questions in your own words. 

Email the filled out form with your CV to: 

On the Subject line, type: "application" and your first and surname. 


Deadline for Applications from outside India and Nepal is 30th JUNE 2010. 

Deadline for applications from within India and Nepal is 31st of July 2010. 


First name 


Date of Birth 


Postal code 







Any form of disability: 


Are you visually impaired 

If yes, Gradation of blindness 

Other disability 

No disability 


Language skills 

Highest Level of Education 


Please send two letters of recommendation, preferably from a present or former employer, teacher or colleagues, which include their contact details. 


Limit your answers to the questions 1 to 6 to one to two sentences: 


1. For which academic training year in Kerala are you applying for? 

You may apply for 2011, or for any of the years after. 

2. What is your current profession? 

3. Braille Language Skills: English and Local Braille 

Braille Level: Grade 1, Grade 2 

4. Languages Spoken with level: (basic, intermediate and fluent) 

Reading Level: Writing Level: 

5. How do you judge your mobility and orientation skills? 

6. Do you use computer technology? 

If yes, what are your skills? 

What software programmes do you use? 


7. Please answer questions 7a to 7k as detailed as possible. 

a. Tell us your reason(s) for applying for the IISE Programme in Kerala: 

Elaborate on your idea or vision of setting up your own social project 

or improving on an existing one. 

b. What is your motivation? 

c. Why are you the one who can realize your planned project? 

d. What challenges did you overcome in life? 

e. Where do you plan to set up your project? 

f. What target group will benefit? 

g. How long do you think it will take to set up your idea/vision? 

h. What are the reasons that make your idea important? 

i. How will you achieve your vision? 

j. What help will you need? Who can help? What resources will you need? 

k. Where would you find funding? 


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