FAQ

If you do not find your question among these commonly asked questions, please contact us at open@sansori.org.

ABOUT SANSORI BRIDGE YEAR

1. What is the Bridge Year program?

The Bridge Year program allows you the space to connect to a meaningful career through social enterprise job training, experiencing other cultures and deepening your mind body connection. Experience how creativity, social responsibility and entrepreneurship can co-exist in your life. This is a program for any stage of your life—a sabbatical, a gap year, career change, or any time you may choose to make a positive transformation. Please see the About page in the Bridge Year Program page.

 

2. What are the advantages of participating in Sansori’s Bridge Year?

Through the Sansori Bridge Year, you will experience first hand how social enterprises balance profit with social responsibility. You will also learn through travel and online business seminars and discover the tools to deepen your mind body connection. You will be surrounded by an inspiring group of like-minded peers and mentors who share your commitment to transforming the world. Sansori is an open and creative environment to connect what you like to do with making money and sustaining yourself. Please see more on the Benefits of participating in the Sansori Bridge Year Program.

 

3. What kinds of people will participate in the Bridge Year?

Our program is for any stage of your life—a sabbatical, a gap year, career change, time off, or any time you may choose to make a positive transformation. The program is open to those of all ages over 15, from anywhere in the world. All classes will be held in English. There are no education or career requirements to apply to Sansori, as we don’t believe these milestones should define one’s success or abilities. We hope our cohort will be diverse in age, background and interests.

 

4. Are there grades, course requirements or exams at Sansori?

No, our program is based on experiential learning. You will learn through social enterprise job training, travel, storytelling, and deepening your mind body connection. You will have regular check-ins with our coaches and team, and will be responsible for completing assignments and staying on track during the online business training portion of the Bridge Year. You will receive feedback and support from your coaches and mentors, and you will have the opportunity to provide feedback of your own as well. At the end of the Sansori Bridge Year, you will receive a certificate of completion.

 

5. Are there any required qualifications to be admitted, such as a GPA or scores on the SAT, ACT, GMAT or GRE?

No. Sansori is a creative, interactive program, so we do not require standardized test scores for admission. We believe there are better ways to express who you are and what you care about.

 

6. What makes a good Sansori participant?

We believe the Sansori participant will be creative, enthusiastic, and open to new experiences and people. We hope Sansori participants will take full ownership of their experience, seizing every opportunity for growth and new experiences. Join us if you wish to discover the means to tap into your potential, center and support yourself, and make a positive impact in the world.

 

7. What is the time commitment?

Our summer 2017 Bridge Year is about 9 weeks long. Please see a timeline of events here.

 

8. I have family commitments and think it will be difficult for me to be away for the opening and closing retreats of the Bridge Year—Can I still be a part of this program?

If you have family commitments and are concerned about the length of time you will be away from home, we are happy to explore various options with you to find ways to ease the strain. Please email us at open@sansori.org and request a call to discuss your particular situation.

 

9. What will I do after the Sansori Bridge Year?

Sansori Alumni might make a career change into a new industry, enroll in university, start their own business, travel, or do something else entirely. No matter what you and your peers do after the Bridge Year, what you will all have in common will be a clear sense of what you love to do, the tools to apply that passion in a sustainable and responsible business context, and professional references and network.

 

10. What do you mean by mind-body connection, and why is this so important to your program?

Your mind-body connection is integral to accessing your full power and creativity. We do not advocate any particular modality. You will experience a variety of “self-centering” practices, including Qi Gong, to help you center your mind and body, tap into your inner wisdom, connect to your creativity, and stay grounded throughout life’s challenges.

 

11. Where will I live while traveling? Who will make my travel arrangements?

During our retreat sessions the group will stay in a place selected by Sansori. Our recommendation is that you stay with the group; however, you have the option of choosing another venue. You will make and pay for your own travel arrangements—flights and accommodations—with guidance from our team. During your practicum, you will live in your home city (unless you opt to do your practicum elsewhere).

 

12. What might a typical day look like during the retreat sessions?

A Bridge Year day follows a rhythm that honors our need to create or manifest and the need to nourish and receive. While the specifics of any given day may vary depending on the location, the overall structure will be similar. We will have workshops in storytelling, personal discovery, leadership skills, movement, and meditation, as well as visits from social entrepreneurs who will share with us their best practices and help us unleash our potential as business leaders.

 

13. Who are Sansori’s teachers?

Our teachers come from diverse disciplines, each highly accomplished in their own field and striving to be living examples of compassion in action. Their zeal to create a new model for education that integrates compassion, commerce and community is contagious! Please read about our leaders and partners here.

 

14. How will I be placed with a social enterprise for my practicum?

Sansori has an extensive network of conscious businesses that are serving the triple bottom line – people, profit, and planet. We will place you with one of our partner social enterprises, most of which are certified Benefit Corporations (B-Corps), near your home. If a practicum at a social enterprise near your home is not feasible, you will be placed at another available location of your choosing.

 

15. I do not see any practicum hosts listed in my home city. How will you place me for my practicum?

The list of practicum hosts we have on our website is only a sampling of the large network of B-Corps and social enterprises we work with, so we will be able to organize a practicum for you in your home city, or alternative city of choice.

 

16. What is the point of the practicum portion of the Bridge Year?

A practicum at a social enterprise will give you real work experience and insight into running a conscious business that is meeting a triple bottom line (people, planet, profit) through creative solutions. Through this job training, you will develop your own professional network of mentors that will undoubtedly serve you in your future business endeavors. This practicum will include great breadth and depth, as you will partake in a variety of roles and be granted real responsibility to dive deep into certain projects.

 

17. What will my practicum experience look like?

You will work full time as a practicum participant to a social enterprise near your home. You will be paired with a mentor at your host enterprise and you will continually have the chance to receive and offer feedback to your host enterprise on your experience. Participants will share weekly video clips with their peers via Sansori’s online network. Sansori will host a contest at the end of the practicum, through which all participants will create a short video to showcase their experience to their peers, and the world. The top videos and winner will receive monetary prizes. Along with this video, participants will create a final presentation synthesizing their experience to present to their host enterprise and their peers.

 

18. What kind of supervision will I have during the practicum?

You will participate in our online business seminars on a weekly basis throughout your practicum. Each week you will create a 30 second video clip detailing what you have been learning in your practicum, and share this with your peers and the Sansori team, through our online platform. We will be able to check in with you through this platform, as we conduct seminars, review your independent research projects, and more. You will also have a mentor at your practicum company who will be able to guide you through this process and help you set and achieve your goals for the practicum. We provide sufficient structure while still allowing for autonomy and independent work as much as you need or desire.

 

19. What kind of work will I do during my practicum?

The specific goals and work tasks for your practicum will be set by you and your practicum host. These goals will depend on your interests and skills, as well as the company’s needs and capacities at the time.

 

20. Will I be paid during my practicum?

Our partner social enterprises and B-Corps are taking you on as a practicum participant based on your willingness to learn and their commitment to share their business practices with you. In the time honored tradition of practicums, this will not be a paid position.

 

21. What is the approximate cost of covering my own living expenses and travel?

We estimate room and board will cost approximately $50 per day for room (single occupancy) and $20-30 per day for food. These costs can be lowered if you share a room with a fellow participant. Travel costs will vary greatly based on a participant’s starting point and preferences, but we estimate travel from New York will be around $1,200. If you are interested in fundraising to cover your travel costs, we can provide resources to help you through this process.

 

22. Do you offer financial assistance? 

To make the Sansori Bridge Year experience accessible to all, we offer a limited number of partial scholarships on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tuition for the Sansori Bridge Year is $5,500, which includes a $500 non-refundable deposit upon acceptance. Full payment is due on or prior to the registration.

 

23. What is your tuition refund policy?

For each Bridge Year session, we offer a pro-rata refund up until a few days after the opening retreat session has ended. Please see the Logistics and Cost page for the specific dates through which the pro-rata refund is offered for each program.

 

24. How do I apply to the Sansori Bridge Year and when is the deadline?

Applicants will be reviewed based on a series of short answer questions (submitted online), an interview (either in-person or via Google+ hangout), and references (submitted after review of online questionnaire). Applications are now available and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The deadlines for each session can be found on our Bridge Year page. If you have any questions or cannot meet a deadline, please send an email us at open@sansori.org.

 

25. Who may submit my letters of recommendation?

Letters of recommendation may come from anyone who can provide insight into your character, skills, or passions. This could be a mentor, teacher, employer, co-worker, or peer.

 

26. May I be simultaneously enrolled in school or employed while participating in the Bridge Year program?

While Sansori is largely a full-time commitment, there is flexibility to hold a part-time job or participate in additional online courses during your Bridge Year. Please be aware that consistent participation in all Sansori events will be required for the duration of the Bridge Year. We are happy to talk to you about your plans to see if the outside opportunity you wish to pursue will interfere with Sansori’s program or not. Please contact us at open@sansori.org.

 

27. Do you offer college credit?

Traditionally college credits count toward a degree and degrees in theory help you get a job. At Sansori, we are changing one of the outcomes of your education – from credits and degrees on paper to professional references, evaluations and a portfolio that will be much more relevant in any job search. If you are a high school graduate and planning to matriculate at an undergraduate institution after the Bridge Year, the issue of credit is for the home institution to decide. We will, of course, coordinate with you and provide thorough description of your experience so that you are in the best position to receive credit from your home institution.

ABOUT SANSORI

1. What is Sansori?

Sansori provides radically new, innovative, and open spaces for alternative education, for people of all ages. Our programs nurture the integration of community, commerce, and compassion in all facets of our lives. Please read about Sansori’s mission, values and programs on our About Us page.

 

2. What skills will I learn through Sansori?

  • Business skills to help you become successful in any organization, especially social enterprises and conscious businesses that meet a triple bottom line (people, planet, profit)
  • Community development and business leadership
  • Bodywork, including Western and Eastern forms of martial arts, body movements
  • How to center yourself, connect your mind and body
  • Creative and engaging storytelling
  • The self awareness and understanding to discover and best utilize your passions and gifts

3. What is social enterprise?

A social enterprise is a creative business venture that integrates social objectives with sustainable, market-driven forces. These businesses use creative solutions to meet a triple bottom line: people, planet, profit. Examples of social enterprises can be found by browsing our practicum sponsors, many of which are certified B-Corps.

 

4. Who is behind these programs, and why?

Please read about our Team here.

 

5. What does the Sansori name mean?

Sansori means “mountain sound” in Korean. At Sansori we believe that by listening, both without and within, we can climb new peaks, and—together—move mountains. Sansori is not affiliated with any religious, ethnic or political organization.

 

6. How is Sansori funded?

Sansori is funded by private investors and tuition fees.

 

7. Where can I ask my other questions?

Please email us at open@sansori.org.


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