Hello again everyone,
Once again I apologize for not being in class today. To add insult to injury I thought I’d add a little picture to today’s blog entry. This is a national park called Huerkehue, with some really nice mountain lakes. And you wonder why I’m not in class!!!
I see that Diego has assigned different presentations for today’s class. Thanks in advance for your preparation.
I wanted to say a few things about the projects. The first is that February is traditionally vacation time in Chile and Carnaval time in Brazil. Both imply that communication is more difficult. In other words, be patient with your counterparts in Chile and Brazil if they don’t communicate with you as fast as you would like. Compare it to what your email communication is like during the Christmas break.
Second, I’ve had a few emails with requests to change assignments and companies, etc. Part of this relates to people’s perceived areas of expertise. Please be aware that your project is not designed with the same intensity as your summer internships or future employment opportunities. We simply organize these projects to help enhance the global connections experience. In other words, enjoy the experience without the pressure of the “expertise” mindset. Truth told, I’m more concerned with the cultural experience that you will have with the project, more than the actual work that is accomplished.
Finally, we changed the hotel we are staying at in Santiago. It is cool! And we are also working on the final changes of the visit with CODELCO. I’m really excited to expose you to the copper mining of Chile. This will be a great visit too. In Brazil, we found out that there will be a game in Maracanã while we are there. Plan on a great experience there too.
Have a great day in class. I am truly sorry to miss out on the in-class time with you.