Impact Incubator

A globally-minded, social impact fellowship for exchange alumni to turn intercultural understanding into community action.

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Putting the active in active global citizenship.

The Impact Incubator is a 8-week fellowship equipping motivated study abroad alumni of any exchange programs with the skills they need to turn key insights from their exchange experience into real, successful community action projects that promote intercultural understanding.


Students will be matched with a 1:1 peer mentor, participate in skill-building workshops with a cohort of other changemakers, and receive mini-grants to turn their vision into reality. 


Along the way, students will gain critical skills such as community mapping, storytelling/press, budgeting/fundraising, and measuring impact, which are applicable in developing their community action project and beyond. 

After the program, students will have successfully conducted a community action project—from hosting a World Cultures Day at their school to organizing a language learning summer camp to painting a mural in their community that promotes kindness & empathy.

Program Overview

The entire program will be based online through Google Drive, Slack, and Zoom.

​Time Commitment?

  • 8-week online exchange program

  • 3-5 hours/week with your 1:1 mentor

What will you gain?

  • 1:1 matching with peer mentor

  • Knowledge from skill-building workshops: community mapping, storytelling/press, budgeting/fundraising, measuring impact, and more!

  • A mini-grant to launch your project

  • Experience successfully organizing and implementing a community action project, from beginning to end!

Is the program open right now? 

The Impact Incubator Winter 2021 applications are now open - applications close on January 8th (Friday) 2021 at 11:59 PM UTC.  


Want to apply? Click here for more information, and here to apply!

We are eager to hear your ideas for promoting intercultural understanding and to support you in your change-making journey!

Want more detailed information? 

For a week-by-week split of the curriculum and more details on what to expect, click here!  

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The Seven Skill-Building Topics

Topics are thoughtfully chosen based on what fellows need and the workshop speakers are curated from the Project Exchange network. These skills are applicable throughout your life!



Here are some keystone projects from past Incubator graduates! 

Between Low & High

Luna (from Sakhnin, Israel) founded this project to address current issues by identifying their root causes and utilizing high & low context communication to bring people together and implement solutions.

Project Destinytion

Umang (from New Delhi, India) kickstarted this project to ease culture shock for refugees, immigrants, and international students through bite-sized cultural immersion courses curated by locals and international students.

The World in Us

Caroline (from Albany, OR, USA) created this project with the hopes of eliminating cultural ignorance from its roots and cultivating the next generation of global citizens through bite-sized, introductory lessons to international cultures for K-8 students. In the future, the program has plans to launch an online podcast and platform for teen-centered intercultural dialogue. 


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