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Princeton in Latin America
Antigua, Guatemala; Cabarete, Dominican Republic; Esperanza, Dominican Republic; Mexico City, Mexico; Panajachel, Guatemala; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Quito, Ecuador; San Jose, Costa Rica; Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala; Sao Paulo, Brazil; To Be Determined, TBD (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Twelve months
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Program Type: Fellowship Language of Instruction: French, Portuguese, Spanish
Language Prerequisite: YES Program Features: Community Service, Entrepreneurship, Field Work, Global Health, Intensive Language
Degree Level: 4th year u/g students, 5th year u/g students, 6th year u/g students, Grad Student--Master's, Grad Student--PhD, Grad student--Post Generals, Post graduate/Alum Time Away: Twelve month experience
Housing options: Apartment (alone), Apartment (Shared), Guesthouse Duration of Program: 15 or more weeks
Program Description:
Program Description:

Thank you for your interest in Princeton in Latin America (PiLA)!

The Princeton in Latin America (PiLA) fellowship program was established in 2002 by an enthusiastic group of Princeton students, alumni, staff, and faculty as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization affiliated to Princeton University, dedicated to fulfilling in the Americas what years later became the University's informal motto, "Princeton in the nation's service and the service of humanity." PiLA matches partner organizations --NGOs, Private Organizations with a social mission, public and multilateral organizations engaged in socially responsible development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean with highly qualified and committed recent graduates of accredited world-class colleges and universities in the U.S. and the world interested in year-long service fellowship opportunities throughout the region. Since 2003–2004, over 400 fellows have made impactful contributions and served communities with PiLA's partners around Latin America and the Caribbean.

Please note that you are applying for a Princeton in Latin America fellowship that may take you anywhere in the region, and not for placement in a specific country or with a specific organization, and that those placements may be in rural, semi-rural or urban settings.

QUALIFICATIONS:  ● Applicants should have strong linguistic abilities in their target language (Spanish, Portuguese, French) and advanced English competency. While indigenous languages may be a plus, they are not required. The level expected is ACTFL Advanced-Mid High or CEFR C1 (100-400 hours of study) or above. ● an academic grounding in the region's culture, history, society, economics and politics ● and a sustained record of volunteerism and community service, whether domestic (e.g., work with Latin American immigrant communities in the United States), in the region, or both. ● Prior field experience in the region is not required, but evidence of sustained prior engagement with and knowledge of the region's issues and peoples is imperative.

QUESTIONS? If you have a question please consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) as posted on our web site: For questions regarding required language recommendations for example (e.g., if you are a native speaker, if you speak both Spanish and Portuguese, or if you speak both Spanish and Haitian Creole for example), check our FAQ page. Should you not find an answer to your question there, kindly direct all application-related questions VIA EMAIL to applications [at] Do not call the front office with general questions about program details or the application process, as we are unable to respond via telephone.

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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Twelve months 2021-2022 11/12/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete pre-departure materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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