ThinkImpact
94% Rating
(5 Reviews)

ThinkImpact

ThinkImpact offers unparalleled immersion experiences in social entrepreneurship and innovation in Africa and Latin America. We aren't your average abroad program—we create life-changing, mind-blowing international learning experiences. Our scholars are imaginative, capable leaders who seek out extraordinary opportunities and thrive when pushed beyond their comfort zone. If you're passionate about experiential travel and are looking for a hands-on crash course in entrepreneurship, a ThinkImpact program could be the best decision you've ever made.

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Cassandra
Female
24 years old
Baltimore, md
Johns Hopkins University

Great Experience

8/10

I had a great experience! The staff was great and the community members were incredibly warm and welcoming. There was never a time when I felt uncomfortable or unsafe. Despite being a little apprehensive about the program at first, by the end I really enjoyed my time in Panama. I believe the experience really helped to shape my view of the world for the better.

How can this program be improved?

I wish there was more time with the translators in the group. It would have been nice to get to know our host family better, but the language barrier proved to be a difficult obstacle in bonding with them.

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Nitya
Female
32 years old
Baltimore, MD
Johns Hopkins University

Wonderful opportunity for personal development!

10/10

I stayed in a rural community in Panama as part of a ThinkImpact Social Innovation program in January 2015. It was a wonderful experience to stay with the community members and experience life as they would. They were very friendly and we experienced a very different life from what we are used to. The concept of the program is wonderful - using local assets to bring about social change. I learnt a lot-importance of non verbal communication, interacting with community members to discover details about their lives and integrating ourselves in the community to help being sustainable change. It was a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend this program!

How can this program be improved?

I would lay more emphasis on learning some useful words in the local language relating to food items, time of the day, family, etc. in advance before arriving in the country to start the program.

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Mingfei
Male
32 years old
Baltimore
Johns Hopkins University

I really enjoyed it!

9/10

I participated in this program in January 2015. I think I made a very good choice. It was so exciting to be exposed to a fundamentally different culture than mine. I learned a lot from this program, such as team work, communication skills, etc. People there were very very friendly, cooperative, and supportive. To be honest I was a little bit surprised at their sincerity and friendliness. I made a lot of friends with the locals, mostly children. At the end of the program, I set up a poster board with the help of the locals and our program interpreter, Mr.Carlos. I was extremely happy with my work and I hope this could help the community better deliver information and become more unified.

If you want to have a different and meaningful vacation, especially the winter one, Panama is strongly recommended.

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Emily
Female
24 years old
Adrian,MI
Adrian College

Amazing personal and professional growth!! High Impact, every minute!

10/10

The Think Impact program has drastically altered my perspective on social entrepreneurship. The curriculum and program its self is honestly revolutionary in the process, there is a back bone to guide but lots of room for creativity. The process is innovative, creative, and passionate. Each of the associates within the program are more than qualified and truly inspire the process of the institute in each student. I personally enjoyed the ability to let my design team work out a project. This is the reason Think Impact is making sustainable change because it is based on what assets the community possess, rather than the "needs".

The excursions were well planned and thoughtfully selected. I enjoyed our hike as well as our drum lesson. Our team of scholars became so close during our excursions. As far as improvements, it would have been helpful for a packing list which was customized for the country specifically. I found myself buying a few small things which I could have brought from home once I arrived.

This program has both inspired me and pushed me outside of my comfort zone. I would recommend it for everyone and anyone. I am proud to be an alumni of this program.

How can this program be improved?

Preparation Material. It may have been helpful to have a bit more preparation material. I do appreciate the program did not offer specifics on our community before entering. By withholding specifics scholars could go into the community with an open mind and without expectations and presumptions on the community.

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Rachel
Female
24 years old
Chapel Hill, NC
University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

A High Impact Summer

10/10

ThinkImpact gave me the resources to create positive change in my host community. Through immersion, collaboration, and coaching from my advisor, I lived a high-impact summer of social change.

The first portion of the program is dedicated to immersion. By living with a host family and participating in their daily activities, I felt welcomed and integrated into the local culture. I cooked, cultivated, fetched water, went to church, washed clothes, and fed the cow, among other activities.

I loved living with my host family, but be prepared to live in rustic conditions (no running water, latrines, etc.). You'll be surprised how easy this is to get used to! There was little variety in our food options, I generally liked what we were served. Our meals consisted of plantains, beans, rice, and some greens and fruit. We also drank milk tea every morning. It is very easy to be a vegetarian in the communities, if that's your thing!

I felt very safe in my community. My host family and team members were always looking out for my safety. However, we were advised not to go out at night.

ThinkImpact's in-country team exceeded my expectations. The country coordinator and advisor were attentive to our needs and went above and beyond to make our experience meaningful and impactful.

Starting a business in rural Rwanda is definitely a challenging experience. Trying to explain the idea of a business plan, budgeting, and other basics was quite difficult. Working with the interpreters was also difficult at times. Additionally, we had to consistently try to overcome the community's stereotypes of "Westerners in Africa" (especially with regard to money). ThinkImpact's staff was very helpful in addressing all of my concerns and working with me to come of with creative solutions to these issues.

I definitely recommend this program to anyone looking for a high-impact summer of social change, entrepreneurship, and asset-based community development.

Program Listings

Panama

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At the Panama Institute for Social Innovation, you'll work in the field to develop both social entrepreneurship and cross-cul...

Rwanda

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At the Rwanda Institute for Social Innovation, you'll work in the field to develop both social entrepreneurship and cross-cul...

South Africa

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At the South Africa Institute for Social Innovation, you'll work in the field to develop both social entrepreneurship and cro...