Apply for the Atlas Corps: Bolivia Virtual Leadership Initiative for Women’s Empowerment

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The Atlas Corps: Bolivia Virtual Leadership Initiative for Women’s Empowerment is a new collaboration between Atlas Corps and Ciudad Mundo supported by the U.S. Embassy in Bolivia. This Initiative seeks to engage 10 talented social impact professionals from Bolivia in the Virtual Leadership Institute. The goals of this initiative are: 1) to equip Bolivian social impact professionals with leadership skills, and 2) to strengthen ties between the United States and Bolivia toward economic development and inclusive prosperity in Bolivia.

The Atlas Corps Virtual Leadership Institute is an online learning community based on our established leadership development curriculum for global social impact professionals. Participants, known as Atlas Corps Scholars, enhance their professional skills, build their global networks, and support their communities.

The Atlas Corps: Bolivia Virtual Leadership Initiative for Women’s Empowerment es una nueva colaboración entre Atlas Corps y Ciudad Mundo apoyada por la Embajada de los Estados Unidos en Bolivia. Esta Iniciativa busca empoderar a 10 talentosas profesionales comprometidas con el impacto social en Bolivia para ser parte del Instituto Virtual de Liderazgo. Los objetivos de esta iniciativa son: 1) equipar a estas profesionales bolivianas enfocadas en impacto social con mayores habilidades de liderazgo, y 2) fortalecer los lazos entre los Estados Unidos y Bolivia hacia el desarrollo económico y la prosperidad inclusiva en Bolivia.

El Instituto de Liderazgo Virtual de Atlas Corps es una comunidad de aprendizaje en línea basada en nuestro plan de estudios de desarrollo de liderazgo establecido para profesionales de impacto social a nivel internacional. Los participantes, conocidos como Atlas Corps Scholars (exbecarios), mejoran sus habilidades profesionales, construyen redes internacionales y apoyan a sus comunidades.


The Virtual Leadership Institute takes place over five months of online engagement and consists of five learning modules: Orientation, Developing Self, Developing Others, Leading Movements, and Reflection.

During the program, Scholars will:

  • Be trained to effectively implement initiatives that empower women in Bolivia by increasing access to entrepreneurship and/or economic development opportunities for women;
  • Come away with broader perspectives through intercultural exchange, exercises in inclusion, and self-reflection;
  • Connect with other social impact professionals — Bolivian, American, and global — whose influence, ideas, or support can contribute to the capacity of the participants to effect positive change in Bolivia.

Virtual Leadership Institute activities include:

  • Interactive Workshops: monthly virtual workshops designed and facilitated by leading professionals in the social change sector;
  • Self-Led Activities: a series of virtual activities that cultivate self-compassion and emotional intelligence, self-awareness in addressing change, methods for change management, and team conflict resolution, among others;
  • Peer Coaching Groups: a small group collaboration guided by trained coaches;
  • Leadership Projects: a participant-developed project to advance a personal or community-based activity with the possibility of applying for up to $500 to support its implementation;
  • Networking and Intercultural Exchange: connect with other Bolivian leaders and professionals from around the world for increased mutual understanding across borders.

Scholars will design and implement leadership projects, which can be an activity, training session, and/or venture that works toward inclusive prosperity by increasing access to entrepreneurship and/or economic development opportunities for women. Scholars will be encouraged to work collaboratively on their projects. A Community Impact Fund will be established to support the implementation of the most promising projects.

Who would benefit from this program?

This program is best suited for professionals who seek structured leadership development, have a passion for social impact, and are interested in making international connections. We encourage NGO professionals, independent business people, and graduate students to apply for this opportunity. Note: While the focus of this Initiative is on Women’s leadership, we encourage both females and males to apply.


— Engagement in approximately 100 hours of FREE professional development training that will enhance your knowledge, skills, and abilities;

— Peer coaching and eligibility for funding to develop your community project;

— Publicity on Atlas Corps external communication channels;

— Access to additional Atlas Corps trainings and opportunities;

— Lifetime enrollment in the global Atlas Corps Community (of 1,500+ social impact professionals from 115 countries) upon successful completion.

Basic Eligibility Requirements

— Be a citizen of Bolivia;

— Be a resident of Bolivia;

— Be 22–35 years old;

— Possess a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent;

— Be proficient in English (oral, writing, reading);

— Have two or more years of full-time professional experience working to generate positive impact, preferably in areas related to entrepreneurship, economic development, and/or women empowerment;

— Be committed to applying the knowledge gained to multiple the impact of their Atlas Corps experience in Bolivia;

— Be available to commit to approximately 3 hours of online activity and assignments per week for approximately 4 months; and

— Have the technological capacity to participate in video calls which may be during working hours (1-2 per month.) .

Application Process

Applicants must fill out this shortened application form to be considered for this opportunity. Please note that this application form is not for the Atlas Corps Fellowship. If you’re interested in applying for the Atlas Corps Fellowship separately, please visit

Atlas Corps and Ciudad Mundo will commit to the principles of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) when announcing and recruiting candidates for the program, ensuring the participants have unique experiences and backgrounds.

We anticipate notifying selected candidates in January and launching this initiative in March 2023.

Application Tips

In the video response and short essay section of the application, please focus your answer on your interest and experience for women’s empowerment.

Questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page. If your question isn’t answered there, please email

Partner Organizations

Fundación Ciudad Mundo (World City Foundation) is a non-profit based in Bolivia. Through our experiential learning programs we provide young people the opportunity to live groundbreaking experiences focused mainly on learning life skills and job skills. For over a decade we have contributed to the lives of hundreds of students, young professionals and families, with life-changing opportunities. We work mainly with global exchange programs, English practicum programs and local and virtual social impact projects. Learn more here.

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