Call for Applications: 2014 Professional Collaboration and Leadership Course


The Association for Leadership in Guatemala (a NGO in Guatemala) is accepting applications until January 31, 2014  for a course in vocational training. SIF is pleased to promote this initiative led by Rocío Gonzalez, 2010 iLEAP graduate.

The course takes place over the duration of 9 months (March to December 2014) and creates a space that cultivates and integrates the leadership skills, strengths and collaboration between participants. The monthly sessions are designed to create a space for reflection for local leaders with community experience who believe in their country. Ideal candidates are those leaders capable of working with different cultures and who demonstrate openness and ability to adapt to new learning experiences.

For more information and application process, please visit:

General Information

Application (Spanish)

We encourage you to consider this great professional development opportunity. This course will take place in Guatemala, and will be lead in Spanish by a professional team.

If you have any questions while completing your application, please contact the Association for Leadership in Guatemala team at

Key leaders convene in Washington to advance development in Central America

IDB and SIF bring together government officials, funders and regional experts to discuss collaboration

Washington, D.C. – More than 150 donors and development experts gathered at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) headquarters on Friday to discuss successful models and opportunities for collaboration and co-investment in Central America.

The Central America Donors Forum, organized by the Seattle International Foundation (SIF) and the IDB, brings together key representatives from government, philanthropy, civil society and the private sector to align grantmaking and investment strategies in the region. Click here for the forum agenda and a list of speakers and attendees. 

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A year after my return from iLEAP


Written by Susana Barrera, 2011 iLEAP International Fellow. Susana is a part of the Central America Women’s Leadership Fellowship, a program developed in partnership with iLEAP to equip and inspire women’s leadership in sustainable social change throughout the region.

Photo: © Eric Becker / We Are Shouting

A year after my return from iLEAP: The Center for Critical Service, I am in a place, emotionally and professionally, that I never thought I’d be. I am working on the sea with women and men’s fishing cooperatives, accompanying them through trainings in sustainable tourism.

I am a journalist and specialist in rural tourism, and until recently, was working particularly in communities in mountain destinations. My role has been to accompany these rural communities to revalue their resources and landscape so that with respect, quality and warmth they can sell experiences in their communities.

Having integrated into iLEAP helped me make great decisions: change my career, strengthen methodologies and discover that I can build my own dreams.

When I am facilitating a meeting with fishermen at sea, iLEAP is always in my toolbox. It is a learning community for life that transcended Seattle is now with me in El Salvador. In each one of my sessions on the shores of my country are my nine Fellows, the Yamamoto family, the Streeter Family – they come and go in my mind, along with the activities, expressions and conceptions of leadership and social change that were shared in the classroom for three months.

It was worth it, and they are experiences that truly leave their mark. Afterwards, one can say “it’s over”, but that magical connection and yearning for life will always be there.

Being part of a global community

Written by Agueda Ordeñana, iLEAP Faculty, 2010 Central American Women’s Leadership Program

2010 iLEAP Faculty

The opportunity to create, build and be part of a community where members share common principles and ideals is invaluable.

I am a member of the GLOBAL HOME community created by the 2010 generation of iLEAP Fellows. I am from Teustepe, a small point on the world map in the center of America, yet know that I have sisters and brothers in all continents: my unforgettable friend Era from the Philippines with whom I shared pleasant moments, Rafael in Kenya with his good humor and friendliness, the warmth and tenderness of Emmanuel GV, and my Central American sisters because of the shared language, had unforgettable moments. My sister Mabilia of Guatemala, the celebrated independence of Rocío and sweet Madeline. I had to directly mention each of their qualities I remember by them by, and during our time together it was very special to get to know the various facets of each of the participants in the program. Read the rest of this entry »

SIF convenes key leaders to discuss collaboration in the region

Fernando Carrera, Secretary of Planning and Programming (SEGEPLAN) – Government of Guatemala and Helen Mack, Founder of Fundación Myrna Mack participate in the opening plenary on Guatemala at the Central America Donors Forum, held at Microsoft Headquarters on June 19, 2012.

To view photos from this event, click here

On June 19, 2012, over 130 donors and development experts working in Central America gathered at the Microsoft headquarters for SIF’s Central America Donors Forum. This event provided a unique opportunity for learning and deeper engagement on priority issues, successful models, and opportunities for networking and co-investment in the region.

Representatives from the IDB, U.S. Department of State, USAID, foundations, and Central American civil society leaders lead panel discussions around critical issues such as women’s rights, civil security, investing in youth, and opportunities for collaboration. For the complete agenda and list of participants, please click here.

Michael Solis of OYE Adelante Jovenes writes about the event in the Huffington Post Impact Blog:

“At the second annual Central American Donors Forum in Seattle, Julieta Castellanos spoke about the threats facing Central America. Among them, she cited rising homicide rates in what is now considered to be the most dangerous region on earth outside of a warzone. She focused on Honduras, a nation “in crisis” that currently ranks first among the world’s most violent countries….” To read the full article about the event in the HuffPost, click here.

To read about the event on KPLU’s Humanosphere, click here.

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This blog was created to support the Central America Network and encourage dialogue around relevant research, news and poverty alleviation efforts in the region.
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