Frequently Asked Questions
What kinds of projects do teams work on?
The program aims to help ownterns to explore exciting career paths and to find their purpose. Owntern projects are diverse and the program accommodates interests in technology and science as much as in the arts and humanities.
Are there any age groups this is built for?
The program is intended to support life-long learning from ages 10 to 150! We like to say that it is for those who are young enough to see the possibilities in the world and yet old enough to take responsibility for it. So far, our youngest participants come from grade 6 and our oldest are undergraduates. We expect to start including post-graduates and professionals.
How are the teams formed?
Ownterns will need to work in teams of 3-5. One of the aspects of ownternship that is most enjoyable is the opportunity to work with friends. We recommend that ownterns start out by forming a group with 2-3 friends whom they usually enjoy working with. Such a team of 3-4 students can then add additional members with complementary skills later in their project. If you are not able to form a group of 3, we may be able to help you connect with other individuals and budding groups in locations around the world.
How much time will I need to give this program?
Our aim is to have a program where ownterns see that it can be both productive and fun to engage in the real world. If they don’t make progress continuously on this journey, they will lose morale. We have found that teams are only able to make progress if they engage for 5 hours a week in the program - 2 hours in sessions with their Coach and 3 hours working outside the session. The more ambitious the team is, the faster they want to go, the more hours they will need to put in. The Coach will help the team strike a good balance.
What benefits do ownterns get from this program?
RaiseToPi ownternships are principally an opportunity to apply skills in the real world, with guidance and support. Typically, when ownterns choose and pursue a real-world project that is of interest to them:
We are sure you will have more questions for us. Please get in touch with us and we will be happy to clarify further.