We run ILTs in South Africa, Peru, Brazil, Spain, and the United States. The 5-14 day trips aim to expose students to social entrepreneurship and innovation as well as inspire them to find ways to incorporate social impact into their daily lives and careers. All treks include either a Social Innovation Workshop (see below) or a mini consulting project where students meet and help solve a real challenge of a local nonprofit or social enterprise. Impact Learning Treks are co-created and can also have specialized themes such as Engineering for Impact, Environmental Sustainability, and Water and Sanitation amongst others. We have successfully run amazing Impact Learning Treks with students from the University of Southern California, IE Business School, Wits University in South Africa, University of Chicago – Booth, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, and La Universidad de Pacifico in Peru. Email ILT@emzingo.com to find out more.
South Africa: During our South Africa trek, students learn about the history of apartheid and the social and economic challenges that they country is still facing over 20 years later. They visit amazing nonprofits, social enterprises, and responsible businesses that are trying to make a difference in their communities. They have the opportunity to immerse themselves and explore Johannesburg, Soweto, and Cape Town during these treks.
Peru: In Peru, students first learn about the Shining Path and the years of terrorism that engulfed Peru , of which the after effects can still be felt today. They meet with wonderful organizations that are looking to improve sanitation, health, and education systems as well as the lives of underprivileged women. Of course no trip to Peru would be complete without a visit to Cusco, and Machu Picchu, where they also get to meet with social enterprises working in the poorer highland communities.
Brazil: Students get to explore Rio de Janeiro and the spiraling favelas of Rocinha just at its border. Here they discover the lingering effects of inequality and explore the social innovation that has emerged to improve the health and education of all Brazilian citizens. They also explore the world of social impact and investment as well as they lovely beaches, music, and culture of course.
Spain: Our programs in Spain focus on how social business is helping Spain (and Europe) recover from one of the most profound economic crisis of our generation. In Madrid, meet impact investors and start-up incubators that are promoting entrepreneurship as the path towards recovery. See first-hand how history, culture, and tradition have deeply affected business and society. In Barcelona, a center of innovation and technology, learn from professionals who are using social impact and entrepreneurship to make real changes. See how a center for social innovation drives networks and collaboration across sectors. Study different businesses (and different business models) to see how they are directly combating social injustice.
USA: During our trip to the US, students get to explore New York and/or Boston. Here they discover that despite its outer core, the United States still has many societal challenges that they are trying to overcome including urban poverty, inequality, gun violence, and injustice. Students learn about these issues but also discover the incredible hub of social entrepreneurship and innovation that these cities have become. They meet social entrepreneurs and responsible businesses that are looking to right some of these wrongs, both locally and internationally. With visits to the UN, the Center for Social Innovation, and the growing B-Corps movement, they are exposed to several avenues of creating positive social impact.