Teens learn foundational business concepts, earn college credits, and make international friends in this youth entrepreneurship program. Prior to leaving, teens engage in summer coursework to learn about the host country, including its geography, customs, languages, education system, and historical slave trade. The program includes a 10-14 day trip to immerse them in opportunities out of the country where they work with international teens by applying what they have learned in social entrepreneurship. Through these collaborative lessons, the teens collectively develop small business ideas aimed at addressing a local need and bringing revenue to the youth, families, and villages.
Fundraising Opportunities Available
Each year CEOs of Tomorrow provides opportunities for students to raise funds to put toward the cost of their trip, if needed or interested. This year, our generous sponsors have agreed to MATCH dollar-for-dollar up to 50% (or $1,950) of funds raised by students toward the trip! That means if you raise $1,950, for example, the remaining $1,950 will be donated to you by our sponsors and applied to your total trip cost.
CEOs of Tomorrow’s first group of eight teen entrepreneurs traveled to Gaborone, Botswana in Africa where they partnered with vulnerable teens to collectively design and launch a business for social good.
The Global Excursion Program helped me learn more about culture, collaboration, and supporting others in a way I’ve never done before. During our trip to Africa, I learned how to give back in a more effective way. CEOs of Tomorrow helped me understand that entrepreneurship can be more than just starting a business and generating revenue.
The Global Excursion Program was more than just working with young people to bring in revenue to their families and the community. I had the opportunity to learn and share business principles to find solutions to educational problems faced by teens in Gaborone. This was a transformative experience for me to learn about other people and cultures while pursuing my passions for business and social change.
My experience with CEOs of Tomorrow has taught me how to overcome obstacles I have encountered in launching my own business. I was able to use my skills and experience to give other kids the resources to start a business and help their community as well. Learning about a different culture while also teaching and supporting others was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
I was able to dig deeper into the social issues my peers in Africa are experiencing to help start a business and inspire their community. My goal was to learn and contribute as much as possible, and I learned as much from them as they learned from me. I hope to teach other young people valuable business and organization skills, as well as soft skills I have learned that will not only help in the classroom but in running a business.
As a student in the Global Excursion Program, I learned more about the culture and how children there can thrive and be empowered to improve their life situation. CEOs of Tomorrow has fueled my passion for activism and entrepreneurship. Now, thanks to the program, I feel like I can’t be held back from my own growth and dreams. I want to travel because it’s a beautiful experience that has taught me to appreciate what you have.
Participating in the Global Excursion Program enabled me to learn about a different culture, see a new perspective, and give teens the spark I was given two years ago when I first joined CEOs of Tomorrow and launched my own business. I was able to share how being an entrepreneur will help you adapt to different situations and know that mistakes don’t dictate your future — they help you learn and keep going.
I wanted to participate in the Global Excursion Program because I enjoy learning new things and helping other people. CEOs of Tomorrow has taught me how to connect with people and get out of my comfort zone. I was able to give other teenagers a chance to experience what I did when I started my own business. Traveling to Africa and experiencing a different culture has been a dream come true.
I am so excited to have participated in the Global Excursion Program because I had the opportunity to apply what I have learned about entrepreneurship to help others in another country. Meeting new people and experiencing new cultures was so exciting to me. It will change my life forever!