Cultural Vistas Fully-Funded Summer Fellowship Program

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About

The Cultural Vistas Fellowship is a FULLY-FUNDED program that affords U.S. university students the opportunity to enrich their academic learning through 8-week professional internship and summer immersion experiences in Argentina, Germany, and India.

Up to 12 fellows are selected each year for this unique opportunity to advance their career goals, develop global competencies, and experience life in another culture. Strong preference will be given to students historically underrepresented in international exchange. This multinational program is funded by Cultural Vistas and focuses on the theme of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Funding for this program includes: all program-related travel expenses (including round-trip airfare to and within internship country; travel to NYC for pre-departure/re-entry seminars); accommodations throughout program, including pre-departure/re-entry seminars; emergency medical insurance; internship placement; orientation and support services.

Highlights
  • Fully-funded fellowship opportunity, covering program-related transportation, accommodations, internship placements, online seminars & support services, and emergency medical insurance.
  • Customized eight-week internship placements with the theme of entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Six-week virtual learning seminar, plus pre-departure orientation and re-entry seminar in NYC
  • Spend an amazing summer in Berlin, Buenos Aires or Bangalore!
  • This will look GREAT on your resume or grad school applications!

Questions & Answers

I roughly spent like $100 a week, on food and personal stuff. I ate really good in Argentina so it was a bit expensive. CV payed for my housing, transportation and flight so I was only responsible for food. I did make trips within Argentina and that was about $400 to visit Iguazu Falls included flight, lodging and activities.

Reviews

96%
based on 7 reviews
  • Growth 9.4
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 8.7
  • Housing 8.9
  • Safety 9.6
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Roman
9/10

Friendships in Argentina

I went to Buenos Aires in 2013 through the cultural vistas fellowship. There countless opportunities to make friends throughout the program. I became good friends with my roommate and fellow cultural vistas fellow. I was welcomed into the friend group of my "host mom's" son. My coworkers at my internship were unbelievably friendly and welcoming. And I found friends with a common interest in Buenos Aires's ultimate frisbee community. I'll never forget the relationships that the fellowship helped me develop.

Yes, I recommend
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Susana
10/10

Program Review

The last weekend of my fellowship was the most impactful moment of my trip and something I did not expect would happen when I first embarked to Buenos Aires. It sparked from a passion that my boss and I have in common and it all came together with full success in the planning of a week.

One day speaking with my boss, Rocio we spoke about my organization Seeds of Change. I explained to her my frustration in not being able to go to Kenya and help out the Massai Tribe and had this money and just wanted to go out and help. She said that she had been feeling that Fundacion de la Tierra was lacking something we began to brain storm and came up with Playing for Change Project. We both agreed that it was difficult to get children to love nature if they could not go out and play if they were too cold and didn’t have sweaters or take care of animals if all they cared about was figuring out where they will get their next meal. She showed me locations in Argentina that we could help out. With that in mind Playing for change is a project that its mission is based on promoting the rights of children in Argentina. My foundation Seeds of Change formed an agreement with Fundacion de la Tierra where we seek schools, food shelters and community shelters that are in underdeveloped communities. Our philosophy is by connecting them to playing in nature at a young age will develop a love for nature. Playing gives a sense of hope in children and teens. With the instruments from both foundations combined, Fundacion de la Tierra will do workshops and games in nature while Seeds of Change will provide any basic necessities for the community. Playing is the root and essence of the human culture and an activity that begins during childhood and lasts through out a lifetime.

The first launch of Playing for Change was in Salta, Argentina (another province 2 hours away by plane.) we presented the project to Andes Lineas Aereas seeking for sponsorship of three volunteers, the agreed. I went out to the China Town of educational supplies and bought pencils, crayons, pencil pouches, erasers and notebooks for each child that would be at the food shelter. Along with Rocio and the team I’ve been working with we collected clothing donations and bought hats and gloves for the kiddies too. In all the excitement we were ready to travel and have some fun! I planned out the weekend filled with activities. We gave out the pouches with the goodies and the first activity was free art inspired by nature. I sat next to the kids and got to know their stories and hours went by we were enjoying ourselves so much that the rest of the activities were delayed. I later learned that the community we were helping it was very common for the parents to be drug addicts and to have from 5 to 11 children. I work with children back home and I know that kids get bored easily and are ready to move on to different activities constantly. These children just wanted to talk and to learn to draw,one little boy Rodrigo told me “Teach me to draw that giraffe, no one has ever taught me, now that I thin of it no adult has ever sat next to me one on one and spent time with me.” This broke my heart because that is when I realized these kids need attention, love and care above anything else that is what they seek the most. Throughout the weekend we did other activities like airplane races, movie afternoon and popcorn, bird observations outside, card games and more. We also made sure to provide the shelter with enough food for a couple of months and seeds to plant for their own vegetable garden. These children cared for each other. Six year old sisters would feed their baby siblings and carry them around, they raise each other and their rights to be children and just enjoy being one are stripped away because of the neglect of their parents. This project has become dear to my heart and will be continued in Argentina by Rocio and the Fundacion de la Tierra. This project will now bring the joy of playing to other children and that is what I live for.

How can this program be improved?
I wholeheartedly believe that this program exceeded excellence and I applaud all those involved in the program. I would not change anything what so ever regarding the way the program is run.
Yes, I recommend
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Tim
10/10

Internship in Berlin

The Cultural Vistas Fellowship has been easily one of the most beneficial and memorable experiences in my college career to date. I not only learned further about my career interests, but was able to grow considerably on a personal level as well - challenging myself to adapt with a foreign environment. The staff is incredibly supportive as well.

Yes, I recommend
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Jonathon
10/10

Berlin 2015

Being a Cultural Vistas Fellow changed my life in so many ways. Professionally, I was able to gain experience that I would have never been able to get in the United States. I spoke German every day at work and my German improved so much just in the 8 weeks I was in Berlin. (Other fellows spoke English at work, so don't fret if you are not advanced in the language.) To my surprise, I had a large amount of personal growth and learned so much just about myself during my time in Berlin. Participating in this program will benefit your life and your future in so many ways.

How can this program be improved?
Note to future applicants: During the first few months, communication is a bit scarce at the beginning before your departure. Many of the programs are during the summer months. Just remember you are one of hundreds of students going abroad with the organization. So, if you're like me and find out your internship placement three days before departure, don't panic!
Yes, I recommend
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Mary
8/10

Summer in Bangalore, India

Overall, I had a great summer in Bangalore. Living on my own in way in India allowed me to grow as a person through becoming more independent and self confident. The cultural aspects of the trip were great - we gained fantastic insight into different parts of Indian culture and society through trips to historical sites, an Indian wedding, a Bollywood movie, and at our workplaces. Interning at a rather large, and prominent hospital in Bangalore gave me an idea of the kind of medical work I would be interested in doing, and what international possibilities were available in the medical industry. Being able to experience another country with the other interns was an amazing experience!

How can this program be improved?
Support for students of color who are going abroad either through previous alumni or more personal check ins.
Yes, I recommend
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Jillian
10/10

Best experience

I felt like the Cultural Vistas program was really helpful to me as a person who had never traveled outside the US before and, at the time, did not have the financial resources to do so. I had an all around great experience in my host country and find it difficult to make any critiques of the program, however most of my work experience is technical in nature and my internship was placed with an environmental awareness non-profit. It was still valuable work experience and had helped me stay competitive for other jobs and careers in my field but was not particularly relevant to work experiences in my day to day life. Be aware and flexible in your internship placement as you apply for this fellowship.

How can this program be improved?
The service project required after the end of the program might be completed in a more meaningful way given a few more months.
Yes, I recommend
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Jaime
10/10

Most Valuable College Experience

The CV Fellowship was the most important developmental and cultural experience I've had in college. I learned more in 8 weeks than in any class, and it gave me an advantage and wealth of experiences to draw upon when recruiting for internships and full time positions thereafter.

Yes, I recommend

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Founded in 1963, Cultural Vistas is a nonprofit exchange organization promoting global understanding and collaboration among individuals and institutions. We develop international professional experiences that create more informed, skilled, and...