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Program wrap-up

March 19, 2015

Dear students,

Thank you again for the opportunity to accompany you on our global trip to Colombia.  This year was unique for me because it was my first experience to lead students to a place that I also had never been to. (I know, it makes you wonder what the word ‘lead’ could mean.) Normally I enjoy the opportunity to expose students to things that I myself have previously loved, appreciated, observed, or experienced.  This year was much different, because I got to experience it with you, and at the same time as you. I try hard to stay in the shadows, and let you take the forefront.  That was more difficult this year, simply because you were all such delightful travel partners.

I have been traveling to Latin America for nearly 40 years, and it holds a pretty solid and large portion of my heart. Selfishly I always hope that others come away from trips to Latin America with some of the sense of why it is dear to me.  And I believe that we did accomplish that to some degree.  This year we also got to feel that same sense from Eli, who was able to bring his home country to you.

I also believe that the reason the McCombs sponsors the global trips is to help you to learn some of the issues that would make you more effective when conducting business with others beyond our borders and beyond our cultural norms of experience. Colombia seemed to have a wonderful mix of vibrant potential, an itching to explode on the global stage, and the Latin American bumps in the road that foster flexibility and creative thinking.

Again, thanks to all.

Tuesday, March 17- Medellin 

March 19, 2015

I am always amazed how months of planning fly by in just a few days, and here we are at the end of our program.   Ruta-N was. Our last ompany visit and then we ended our official activities at Restaurante Carmen.  What did Ruta-N show you about Colombian attempts ant development?  How did that fit into your overall impressions of Medellin?

Monday, March 16- Medellin 

March 19, 2015

Our extremely full day began with a visit to Bancolombia, followed by Nutresa, followed by EAFIT.  Who says we can’t do it all? All three parts of our day gave us a new perspective on Colombia and how things are done here. What were your take-a-ways from today?

Sunday, March 15 – Medellin

March 16, 2015

From Bogota to the coffee region to Medellin. What are your first impression of Medellin?  For those who went on the city tour, what makes Medellin distinct? And for those who were feeling rather sicky, we are glad this was a day to rest up.

Saturday, March 14 – Coffee Region

March 15, 2015

Zip lining, check.  Filandia, check.  Solento, check. Jeep Willy’s, check.  Cocora Valley, check. 6-hour bus ride through mountain roads which led to, as Poonam called it, vomaggedon, check.  So how was your day?

Friday, March 13 – Coffee Region

March 15, 2015

We’ve all got the sunburns to prove it, we have been coffee picking.  Today we spent the day with Jesus Martin, who has a passion for coffee production like I have never seen.  What did you get from today’s experience?

Thursday, March 12 – Bogota

March 15, 2015

Don’t let the outside of the building fool you, there was a lot going on in the inside of Totto.  And we also took in a visit to their flagship store, that was all about image.  Give us your insights about Totto.

And we say goodbye to Bogota, and it’s off to Armenia and the zona cafetera.

Wednesday, March 11 – Bogotá 

March 15, 2015

3M gave us a chance to dress up, so that we could be part of the plant tour. Then we started our three-phase visit to Corona.  What did you learn today? And what were your major take-a-ways?

Tuesday, March 10 – Bogota

March 10, 2015

Get on the bus at 7:00 because we headed out to La Gaitana.  How was your visit with Camilo, Antonio, Nicolas, and Fran’s? What impressed you most and what did you learn?  After lunch at The Museo Nacional, we then met Camilo, Alejandra, Sofia, Juanita, and Estevan at the Campaña Colombiana contra Minas.  What were your takeaways from that visit?  And hey, how about the earthquake tremors!

Monday, March 9 – Bogota

March 10, 2015

Let’s get started.  We met Beronica and Lorena and headed out for our city tour.  What stood out, what was new, what was unexpected?  And then we had dinner at Andres Carne de Res.  What were your takeaways from our first day?