Jhosep Delgado's New Entry

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Jhosep Delgado's New Entry: Global education for the emerging Peruvian middle class

Cusco, PeruCusco, Peru
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

We provide low-cost advising programs to give talented students from lower-middle-income backgrounds access to high quality education. We serve our community by bridging inequalities between privileged students and those from low-income backgrounds.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if more students in developing economies could reach their full potential through world-class education? Imagine the effect such students might have on our society?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Traditional education makes students stay in their comfort zone and leaves them unprepared to deal with the constant changes in this world. They are taught to get good grades in exams in areas like science, arts and humanities, but are not taught to build skills to cope with the unexpected, to develop empathy, creativity, cooperation along with intercultural understanding. Our current curricula lacks the means to foster 21st-century competencies.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

I have taken a new vision for education and explored ways to address the lack of quality education and global competencies among students from lower-middle-income backgrounds in Cusco. My institute's mission of opening the world by creating equitable academic opportunities for our students demonstrates success because we are developing an international academic community of youth leaders who will promote a more inclusive, intercultural and cooperative society. Creating opportunities to help them develop their potential through life-defining experiences will not only make them professionally more successful, but also individuals who will engage meaningfully in serving their communities and making the world a better place.


Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

I currently provide outstanding career advising and preparation programs to more than 40 students, with a target of 200 students by 2021. In 2015, the average investment made by a student was $180 to $500 for a six-month preparation program, and the average return in scholarships this year was $35,000 apiece. Within the next five years, I expect to have placed over 200 students in different colleges and universities worldwide. Unlocking the potential of these socially disadvantaged students has created an opportunity to develop an international group of students with a global outlook. Our active work in education and our incredible human capital are among the most exciting things about advocating for the cultivation of global competencies.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

In 2015, we placed students from low-income families into different colleges and universities worldwide. We created transformative opportunities for these students for minimal cost. My goal for the next ten years is to scale the reach and impact of my institute to continue changing lives through education. As the UN Secretary-General, H. E. Ban Ki-moon once said while addressing his plans for development and the numerous problems involved in trying to educate people: “Don’t just let young people sit in the driver’s seat. Give them a driver’s license. They are the drivers of change.” In doing this, we show others how we accomplished things which seemed impossible, and demonstrate them why they should also follow this principle in their own lives. This empowerment from one another has an incredible multiplier effect to cope with the challenges of the sustainable development goals.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Within the next 10 years, my goal is to continue internationalizing more Peruvian citizens and pursuing a more innovative, sustainable, and scalable business that continues leveraging the incredible human capital in Peru. Opening the world to more students would ensure that no talented student is left behind without their right to a global opportunity and the right to stand out. By the end of the decade, my goal is to launch an initiative to attract our scholars through career building and professional growth opportunities. Having returning students would allow us to scale our social impact.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

IEI Peru is a low-cost private center. Our low cost model has allowed us to grow sustainably and will allow us to stand financially in the future. Depending on a student's family's income, the investment made per student ranges from $180 to $500 for a six-month preparation program. If we grow the number of paying students, we will continue serving more students from low-income families for minimal or no cost for several years and thereafter.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Study abroad programs in the country (i.e. EducationUSA, binational centers or private agencies) are solely providing students with career advising opportunities. IEI Peru is promoting social cohesion while developing an international academic community of youth leaders who will contribute with our country and the global community in the near future. Our students are receiving preparation to build competencies and inclinations to pursue an international career in addition to gaining life experiences that enable them to better understand the world we inhabit.

Founding Story

On a visit to a school from the emerging Peruvian middle class in 2011, I was inspired by the eager faces of young students who dreamed about becoming the protagonist of the stories I shared. “Close your eyes and listen” I said. “I want you to visualize New York City”. The sole name of this city created a more detailed picture in their heads. For minutes I watched those eyes spark a light. “I want to study there”, a fifteen-year-old girl said. I thought, “why can't she do this?" ”Okay, open your eyes.” Many of them were living in poverty and had not even left their neighborhoods. I can only testify how they felt. That serendipitous moment changed the way I thought about my place in the world


Since 2012, as the person who has always stepped out of the box, I have been working as a solopreneur. Lately, my team is comprised by an office assistant and two foreign volunteer teachers. Our foreign volunteers are part of global human capital making a difference in the Peruvian community because they are giving our students international exposure while serving them to raise their learning conditions.
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