A REGISTERED CHARITABLE NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION
Did you know that anyone can buy a .org web address? Many for-profit companies use these to give the appearance of being non-profits. To become a non-profit is a long and difficult process. ELI has had non-profit status for many years now. We partner with organizations from around the world that make a difference in their communities. We work closely with these groups to ensure ELI volunteers get meaningful experiences at reasonable prices. Any "profits" we make go back into charitable causes that we support and into the programs that we offer.
ELI's full name, Experiential Learning International, reflects our philosophy. We believe that the most compelling life lessons come through experience, and that international experiences are among the most profound influences on our sense of self and our view of the world. We see learning as a lifelong journey: our participants have ranged in age from 18 to 82 and come from all over the world. To date we have had participants from 44 countries! Many of our volunteers have gone on to work in the non-profit sector, or even form their own foundations.
WHAT MAKES ELI DIFFERENT?
Our staff is experienced and knowledgeable. Our program fees are among the lowest. Our relationships with our foreign partners are based on mutual trust and respect. We work hard to build long lasting relationships with all our partner organizations and take pride in the long term benefits the communities we work in have experienced as a result of the hard work done by ELI volunteers.
WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?
We set up all placements on a completely individual basis depending on the information in your application and the needs of the organizations at the time you will be in the program. For an application to be considered complete, we need to receive your application form, application fee, CV/Resume, cover letter, questionnaire, and waiver. If you applied to a program in Latin America your CV/resume and cover letter should be in Spanish. You will receive the questionnaire, waiver and a request for the CV and cover letter after receipt of the application fee. Once we have your complete application, we send the information to our in-country coordinator. The coordinator submits the application information to local organizations for their approval. Matching an applicant with a position usually takes 4-6 weeks, but it can take more time or less time. Once the coordinator has finalized your placement, we will send you the details and an invoice for the program fee. We need to receive the program fee 30 days before you depart in order to make sure everything is ready for your arrival.
WHEN SHOULD I APPLY?
It is best if we receive your application at least 2 or 3 months before you plan on starting a program. We will accept applications earlier, of course. Sometimes we are able to set up programs with less notice. Please inquire if you need to set up a program in less time.