2015 Volunteer Abroad Scholarship Winners Announced

Spirit is pleased to announce our 2015 Volunteer Abroad Scholarship winners, Rita Hess and Alex Elizarraga. 
Rita Hess is a Spanish Linguistics and Pedagogy master’s candidate at Illinois State University (ISU). She currently serves on the executive board of ISU’s Sigma Delta Pi chapter (Spanish Honor Society) as secretary and has over 150 hours of community service and outreach. Hess studied abroad in Granada, Spain and has taught English as a second language to 120 students from Mexico through a university program. 
Alex Elizarraga is currently studying Psychology and Spanish at Concordia College. On campus, he serves as president for the Concordia Swim Club and debate captain for the Concordia Forensics. In his free time, Elizarraga volunteers as an elementary Spanish teacher for youth. He also remains active in his local community as a camp counselor, private Spanish tutor, and small group leader for various organizations. He aspires to become a high school counselor near his hometown in Oregon. 
Both scholarship winners will live with a host family and participate in a volunteer program through FundaciĆ³n Bolivar Education in Ecuador. We look forward to hearing from both of them as they serve their local Ecuadorian communities! 
Check back on this page next week for more information about their individual volunteer project placements.

Now accepting direct applications for Professional Development Program

Spirit is now accepting applications direct from participants on its Professional Development Program! We offer J-1 visa program sponsorship for participants who already have an internship arranged or those who want a Spirit placement.

Interested applicants should complete our Get Information form. We currently have internships and training placement opportunities available for summer 2015.

To learn more about our Professional Development program, click here.


Chicago Internships Available

Spirit's Professional Development Program currently has summer internships available in the Chicago area. To apply for these positions, please fill out our Get Information application. 
Top 5 Things to do in Chicago this summer:
  • Taste of Chicago 
  • White Sox and Cubs baseball games
  • Frank Lloyd Wright architectural tours in Oak Park
  • Second City improv comedy shows
  • Concerts in Millennium Park
Web Development – ID: 62235
Start Dates/ Program Length: May 15, 2015/ 3 month program
Oak Park, Illinois (near Chicago)
Pay Rate: $500 per month
Applicant Requirements: Excellent English and the ability to work methodically, proven written communication skills. Some experience with CSS, PHP, HTML, or C# preferred.
Training includes: 
  • Customize style sheets and pages for client websites
  • Configure Drupal and WordPress plugins and pages for client websites and our home website
  • Write code snippets (and documentation) for small customization projects
  • Assist senior developers with other tasks, as assigned
Sales and Marketing – ID: 62210
Oak Park, Illinois (near Chicago)
Start Date/ Program Length: May 1, 2015/ 3 month program
Pay Rate:  Unpaid
Applicant Requirements: Excellent English – writing sample required. Strong interest in sales, marketing, communications, advertising and promotions.
Training includes:  
  • This position supports the Sales Representatives while gaining knowledge of marketing, advertising and promotion. 
  • Students will learn to develop professional telephone etiquette, create client proposals, enhance company marketing, learn valuable workplace skills not available in a classroom, and more.