Global Entrepreneurship Gap Year

Boost your resume when you spend 6 months interning abroad where you’ll gain skills and hands-on experience with entrepreneurs.

Global Entrepreneurship Gap Year

June – November 2024
Zambia  |  Peru  |  Argentina
6 Months

$ 12,246




Unleash your potential when you join this extraordinary journey that transcends borders and transforms your career! The Global Entrepreneurship Gap Year is not just an international internship, it’s an immersive adventure tailored to ignite your passion for business and management while embracing the rich cultures of South Africa, Peru, and Argentina.

Work hand-in-hand with industry experts and hone your skills in real-world scenarios while making an impact on global businesses. Take this opportunity to forge intercultural bonds and broaden your network – which can be beneficial to build your professional portfolio. 

The best thing yet? The program will take you to South Africa, Peru and Argentina – a unique blend of cultures, traditions, and business practices. Immerse yourself in the local communities, absorb the vibrant colors, savor unique flavors, and adapt to diverse working environments – because the best leaders understand and appreciate diversity.

Gain experience and skills that will boost your resume and portfolio.
Join a custom-made internship which accounts for your interest and skills.
Contribute to a non-profit in Africa – helping local communities make a positive impact.
Live in the vibrant city of Cusco.
Discover the energetic Argentinian culture.



June 23, 2024 - June 28, 2024 | 4 Weeks

Work with an NGO to help implement long-term and positive change in the lives of individuals, families, and communities in Africa with focus areas on: Education and Enrichment, Health and Nutrition, Empowering Families, The Girl Impact and Conservation. Some of your tasks will include NGO Management experience where you will learn day to day operational management of an NGO, facilitating projects in different communities and fundraising and marketing to help support the health of the NGO.

Project Highlights
  • Develop skills in NGO management, coordination, fundraising, communications, and monitoring.
  • Excellent opportunity to combine office work with practical field visits.
  • Explore African wildlife, visit cultural sites and the colourful markets in your spare time.

Accommodation is in a dorm house with shared or single rooms, based on availability. You will have the opportunity to enjoy the company of other volunteers and stroll around the area. Facilities in the accommodation include a pool.



June 29, 2024 - September 13, 2024 | 12 Weeks

This internship will provide microfinance services to the local communities in and around Cusco, especially to those living in rural areas. Many small business owners in Peru live off on taking small micro-loans to sell their products. Microfinance is an important option for people, who cannot receive loans from reputable sources, to borrow money for developing and continuing their businesses. The role of the intern is to ensure this project’s success by helping with community visits and administrative work. Some of the tasks will include: visiting borrowers to gage their financial management and business success, running education sessions on financial management, including introducing the concept of savings and doing admin work. 

Project Highlights
  • Help local communities expand their businesses.
  • Learn about the challenges facing microfinance lenders and borrowers.
  • Educate and share your knowledge on helping businesses to succeed.

Your accommodation will be with a simple homestay, either in a single or shared room. While it is a simple homestay, the host will prepare 3 meals a day during your stay.



September 23, 2024 - November 9, 2024 | 8 Weeks

Join an impactful internship with a non-profit organization comprising over 10,000 Argentine member businesses dedicated to assisting entrepreneurs in establishing successful startups. This organization played a pivotal role in the enactment of the recently introduced “Ley de los Emprendedores” legislation, significantly cutting down the company registration time from 18 months to just 24 hours. Additionally, they regularly organize substantial networking events, fostering connections among entrepreneurs and providing them with the empowerment they need to thrive.

Project Highlights
  • Gain practical insights into global business practices and develop essential skills in an international context.
  • Collaborate with seasoned professionals, gaining exposure to different management styles and strategies that enhance their problem-solving abilities and decision-making skills.
  • Tasks may include market analysis, project management, client relations, and process optimization.

The accommodation will include a vetted and selected accommodation with quality, safety and proximity to your placement. There are a variety of options available – host family, shared apartment, and student residence. 

What You Pay For:

  • Airport welcome and transfers
  • Meals
  • Accommodation
  • Initial interview with one of our team to gauge your skills, interests, and desired learning outcomes
  • An orientation program with your supervisor
  • 24/7 emergency travel assistance
  • Safety expertise
  • Extensive pre-departure information and support
  • Pre and post arrival orientation
  • Local onsite coordinator with 24/7 availability
  • Local orientation, project training & equipment
  • A reference letter at the end of your internship


  • Flights
  • Visa expenses
  • Vaccinations
  • Personal expenses
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities
  • Daily transport to and from project (Peru)
  • Police/Government Background Check
  • Extra Spanish classes

Program Reviews

What our past alumni say

My greatest achievement was completing two proposals. In the first, I investigated the plausibility of combining different types of insurance, including health, life, and credit insurance, with microloans and what steps to take to begin this process. In the second, I explored outside sources of funding that Genesis could obtain in order to lower their loan interest rates. I initiated these tasks.

Dante D.Microfinance Volunteer Placement

Frequently asked questions

What can I expect from my internship?

Expect to meet other interns from around the world – making it the best foundation for learning new skills, culture and knowledge from other countries. As you will be working in different settings, there is plenty of room for knowledge building and career development.

Is the internship paid or will I receive a stipend during my internship?

Unfortunately, no. When working with the host organization, your internship will be unpaid but your experience will bring a wealth of knowledge and opportunities for both professional and personal growth that are invaluable!

What will I be doing at my internship?

You will have various tasks and responsibilities as an intern – which the host organization will lay out on your first few days. Don’t worry, we will place you with an organization that is most suited based on your preference, skills and goals.

What skills do I need to be a Business & Microfinance Intern in Peru?

Interns should be able to speak Intermediate Level Spanish (Level B1 Intermediate User of CEFR) as they will need to be able to converse with borrowers who speak little to no English. Interns who are studying or who have a background in economics, accountancy, banking or international development will be of most use to the local project team.

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