How Entry Africa went from an idea to a reality.
An Idea is Born
The IE´s involvement with Ethiopia began in 2012, when new IMBA student Benedict Faber approached Economics professor and Africa expert Gayle Allard with a proposal: to take a group of IMBA students as volunteers to Ethiopia. Ben explained that he had volunteered there as a university student, it had changed his life, and he wanted to share the experience with others. Dr. Allard jumped at the chance.
The First Volunteers
In August 2013, the first group of IE volunteers traveled to Dilla, in southern Ethiopia, to help teach English to girls in the summer program run by the Salesian sisters in that town. The volunteers, who lived in the convent and spent half of their time working on a research project besides the volunteering, agreed that the experience had been one of, if not the best, experience of their MBA studies.
2014 - 2015
In August 2014 a second group traveled to Zway, Ethiopia for a similar project. They also taught English and lived at the convent, while developing business plans for two possible ventures in the area and designing a microfinance scheme for the mission.
2015 - Present
The Idea Grows
In August 2015 a group of MBA students and other volunteers traveled to Adwa, in northern Ethiopia, to help in a summer school for girls and design a corporate social responsibility strategy for a major European company. The project will be implemented, in Ethiopia and in the company, in 2016.