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Program dates


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Participation in the Somos Hermanos program changed my view of the world in many ways and in many more that are still not apparent to me. However, my experience as a participant solidified my desire to work in global health. The program gave me a solid base of Spanish to enter my position as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador and later complete a master's in public health. The Somos Hermanos program changed the way I view much of the world, and how intricately connected we are.  It is a wonderful program and I recommend it to anyone who has a sense of adventure, loves learning, medicine and a person who has a desire to learn more about the world and themselves. This program will change you.

--Sean Maloney, MpH Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Fall 2010 participant

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Who can participate


Who can participate

Who can participate


Who can participate

The 5-Month Immersion Program is open to anyone post undergraduate degree in the U.S. or Canada entering the health care profession (i.e. medical, nursing, therapist, dental, pharmacy, physician assistant, public health, etc), entering the legal profession, social services, or education professions.

Due to the time commitment of the program, students typically participate in their gap year following the completion of their undergraduate degrees and before entering into a graduate program. Most students begin interacting with clients, students and patients as soon as their first year of graduate school and can both utilize and improve upon their language skills and cultural competency.

In addition, Somos Hermanos does accept individuals who are currently enrolled in, or have recently completed a related graduate program. The average age of participants is 21-25 years old, and 15% of our participants are between the ages of 25 to 30.

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Application


A complete application consists of:

Application


A complete application consists of:

The application form (1)

two (2) character references

one (1) language reference.

If you are applying for financial aid, please also submit one (1) Financial Aid application.

Please download all forms and send completed materials to: info@somoshermanos.org

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Tips


Tips

Tips


Tips

1. In the “Needs and Preferences” category of your application, please indicate if you are available for both the Fall and Spring sessions. If you are available for only one session, please indicate this.

2. Language Reference: This is required. If you are UNABLE to contact your language instructor - or you have not taken any college level language classes - you must send    (1) us a copy of your transcripts that includes your most recent language grades (scan a copy of your transcripts and email them to us at info@somoshermanos.org), and    (2) ask a high school teacher or someone who is familiar with your language skills to fill out the form. Please note that if you have never studied Spanish you may use a language reference of another language.

3. Character References: Two character references are required.  We prefer that the references be filled out by someone who knows you professionally (boss, manager, etc.) or scholastically (professor, coach, group leader, advisor, etc.). References from friends are family members are not encouraged.

4. Please have your references send their forms via EMAIL to: info@somoshermanos.org. Please note that we process all applications electronically. 

5. If you are applying for Financial Aid, your Financial Aid application must be submitted by the deadline to complete your file.

6. Somos Hermanos will also consider applications from students currently enrolled in a graduate program on a case-by-case basis.

7. All program fees and deposits will be made payable to Somos Hermanos, Inc.

*Note: Within four to six weeks of submitting your application you will receive an email confirming receipt of your application and 3 references and/or if you are missing documentation. If you do not receive an email from us after five weeks please check your spam folder.