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2019 Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder US-Mexico Border Application
This program is available to high school graduates who are at least 18 years old .

Before completing this application, please consider that involvement in these courses is a significant commitment. Each experience uniquely focuses on learning through immersion in a distinctive culture. Living and working shoulder-to-shoulder with your group and hosts means being present, inclusive, appreciative, and persistent. Our courses are challenging. Consequently, applicants need to be physically and emotionally fit as well as eager to learn

All applicants must submit the following information in order to be considered for admission. Your answers are not saved until you hit submit.

Personal Information
Please complete the personal information and applicant questionnaire. All starred questions require a response.
First name *
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Middle name *
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Last name *
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Mailing address *
Please use your permanent address
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Email address *
Please provide the email address that you check most frequently.
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Cellphone number *
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Date of birth *
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Gender *
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Do you have a passport? *
Passport expiration date and country of issuance
Your passport needs to be valid for the duration of the course.
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Emergency contact name *
Please include the name of someone we can contact if an emergency arises during the course (i.e. parent, guardian, partner, etc.)
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Emergency contact's address *
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Emergency contact's email address *
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Emergency contact's cellphone number *
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Emergency contact 2 name *
The name of someone we can contact if we cannot reach your other emergency contact
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Emergency contact 2 address *
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Emergency contact 2 email address *
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Emergency contact 2 cellphone number *
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Name of a person who can complete the first confidential reference form on your behalf *
This can be a professor, coach, mentor, employer, etc. Only one of your references can be a parent or family member.
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Email address for your first personal reference *
A recommendation form will be emailed to this person.
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Name of a person who can complete the second confidential reference form on your behalf *
This can be a professor, coach, mentor, employer, etc. Only one of your references can be a parent or family member.
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Email address for your second personal reference *
A recommendation form will be emailed to this person.
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School/university name or employer's name *
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Year in school or length of time with your employer *
If you are in college, please note if you are a freshman, sophomore, etc.
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City and Country *
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Short Essay Questions
Why are you interested in the Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder US-Mexico Border course? How do you hope it will support your goals (academic, professional, personal, etc.)? *
Please write a response that is at least a paragraph in length.
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What are the most important or lasting lessons that you learned from a past SStS experience or another cultural immersion or service experience you have had? *
Please write a response that is at least a paragraph in length.
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Which of your personality traits, characteristics, or skills do you think will contribute to your success on this course? *
Please write a response that is at least a paragraph in length.
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In order to encourage students to be mentally and emotionally present in the immersion experiences created during SStS courses, the use of personal cellphones and access to the internet is very limited. How do you think you will respond to having limited or restricted access to technology? *
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Please list any pertinent extracurricular activities, volunteer work, field study, internship, or research experiences, etc. *
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Participant Signature
Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder courses include pre-travel online activities, on-course readings, and post-travel presentations. With your signature, you are agreeing to uphold this commitment.
Participant Signature *
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