Carpe Mundi supports low-income, first-generation college students in a year-long mentorship that includes an experiential education study abroad semester. Students earn 24 credits from Portland State University during their travels. In order for students to earn those credits they are responsible for writing 5-6 essays upon their return that showcase the topics they learned about during their travels (common classes that students have to write papers for include: Sociology 199, Geography of Food 299, International Development 199, History 199, Environmental Sustainability 199, Women's Studies 101, etc.). Carpe Mundi pairs each student with a personal mentor to help them take their 3 month travel experience and synthesize that into stellar college essays. Students need support in keeping to tight deadlines, outlining, grammar and editing, and overall providing insight on how they can improve their writing abilities.
We prefer that you're able to meet with students in-person at least once to start to form a relationship, and then much of your time from their can be done on-line, communicating through Google Docs. The more that you're able to meet with your student, as scheduled independently by the two of you, the better! Students return from their travels in late April, and their papers are due June 20th.
- Adult Education
- Reading / Writing
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 25
- Orientation or Training
- Approximately 3 hours per week for 6-8 weeks.
- Strong writer, preferably with some international travel experience.