I just applied, what's next?
After applying for Kaleo, a StuMo staff member will reach out to you about an interview. After the interview, the next step would be getting accepted to Kaleo. This is when you can begin fundraising and/or pay your deposit. To secure your spot at Kaleo you must pay a $350 deposit to your go.stumo.org account. This deposit price is included in the overall price of $3,490. In addition to paying your deposit, there will be other documents you need to review, sign, and upload before securing your spot.
What does the cost cover?
The cost covers rent and materials for Kaleo. Grocery and travel are not included. However, you are allowed to raise an additional $1,600 that will be given back to you in the form of per diem which can be used to help with grocery and other travel-related expenses.
Where will I work?
Because there have been Kaleo summer programs in Palm Coast for the past few years, we have formed partnerships with different businesses in the area. During the first week of Kaleo, you will have the opportunity to visit these job sites and apply. You typically work between 35-40 hours a week Tuesday-Saturday.
Also, many students in the past have been able to combine an internship with a summer at Kaleo. As long as the internship hours fit into the Kaleo schedule, you are free to work at an internship related to your major while at Kaleo. In the past, Kaleo students have worked at internships in the engineering, medical, education, and business fields.
What does fundraising look like?
Fundraising training is available through a StuMo staff member at each campus. The most efficient way to fundraise is through your personal go.stumo.org giving link. This will give you the most up-to-date fundraising information. To participate in Kaleo, you are required to raise $3,490.
If you choose not to fund the project through donations, you will be responsible to Kaleo for that amount. You may pay the rest of Kaleo all at once before the summer begins using your go.stumo.org link or in installments over the course of Kaleo.
What if I need to take summer classes to graduate on time?
No worries! Students at the project are allowed to take classes online. We encourage you to take off 5-8 hours of work a week to have adequate time to succeed in the classes you take!
Where will I live?
Our staff have secured lodging at Legacy Vacation Resort Palm Coast. Students will stay in a 2-bedroom suite with fully equipped kitchens, a separate dining area, a washer/dryer combo, and a patio or balcony. On the property, you can enjoy a pool/hot tub, fitness center, walking trails, mini golf, volleyball court, tennis court, and pickleball court.
Why 9 Weeks?
We feel 9 weeks is the perfect length of time for a summer program like Kaleo. It gives you around 4+ weeks at home while also giving you ample time to develop spiritually. Often at a week-long church camp, a person may return home on an emotional high. We do not seek for students to make emotionally driven decisions, nor to come back home merely riding an emotional high. Rather, we want to see you make gains in character growth, initiative-taking, leadership skills, social aptitude, and owning responsibilities. We believe that two months is enough time for you to truly take substantial steps in these areas.
How do I get to Kaleo?
We recommend that students drive so that they have access to a vehicle to get around all summer. Although, we have many students who choose to fly into surrounding airports. Whether you fly or drive, arrive on the evening of Saturday, May 25th. That’s when Kaleo content will begin. Kaleo will end on the morning of Friday, July 26th.
How would I put Kaleo on a resume?
Kaleo, in short, is a summer residency program with StuMo. It's an incredible experience that will help you with problem-solving skills and critical thinking. Students often list Kaleo on their resume like this:
StuMo, Summer Residency (Kaleo)
May 2024-July 2024
Lived alongside other college students and fostered community and unity
Attended intensive leadership training courses while working full-time
Received one-to-one mentoring from a leader every week
Developed a team of financial donors
Collaborated with other students to change my campus for the better
Is Kaleo the best place for spiritual and leadership development?
In our experience, a student can grow outside of a residency program like Kaleo, but it can be difficult. Kaleo allows you to get away for two months to a place where you are in an environment that is a greenhouse for growth. You will be hearing challenging messages each week from StuMo staff and other leaders. You will have accountability through your d-group leader and others in your group. You will learn practical skills such as how to study the Bible, develop a work ethic, what qualities to look for in a spouse, how to help others find a relationship with God, how to handle money, and how to make wise decisions.
Why is Kaleo in Florida?
A centerpiece of Kaleo is ensuring that each student works a full-time job. Not only so you can make money, but also so that you can grow in your character and apply what you are learning in a real-life environment. There are only a few places in the United States where we can be guaranteed that 150+ people per Kaleo project will be employed just for the summer. The Gulf Coast resort cities, Orlando, and Palm Coast meet those criteria.
Is Kaleo just a vacation?
Absolutely not. Kaleo is not designed for the student who wants to take it easy. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to have fun, go to social events, take a road trip, go on group dates, make memories, etc. but Kaleo is so much more than this! At Kaleo, our goal is to develop young leaders. The schedule is designed to ensure that you develop in your spiritual life. Thus, the schedule is very full with work, small group interaction, listening to speakers, reading, giving presentations, etc.
Can my parents visit Kaleo?
Yes! We would love for them to visit! We have a weekend designed especially for them. Kaleo Family Weekend is June 23rd-24th 2024 in Palm Coast. Details will be sent out soon.