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Thokozile Mcopele: TSiBA Graduate Awarded Mandela Rhodes Scholarship

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Samasource: Advancing the Microwork Revolution

For­mal and dig­ni­fied employ­ment eludes bil­lions of peo­ple around the world, but Sama­source, a highly inno­v­a­tive social busi­ness, acknowl­edges the inter­net as a democ­ra­tiz­ing and empow­er­ing force that can pro­vide dig­ni­fied work. Sama­source con­nects women and youth earn­ing under $3 a day to microwork: computer-driven piece­work con­ducted over the inter­net that pro­vides a fair wage and valu­able job train­ing skills to the those for­merly excluded from the for­mal sector.

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TSiBA Education: More than a Co-op

This past spring semes­ter, I had the great for­tune to be on co-op in Cape Town, South Africa work­ing for TSiBA Edu­ca­tion at the Igni­tion Cen­tre. TSiBA Edu­ca­tion is a tuition-free higher edu­ca­tion provider that focuses on build­ing future busi­ness lead­ers from South Africa’s pool of tal­ented but poor and dis­ad­van­taged young people.

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Reflections on Global Experience

As a mem­ber of the Inter­na­tional Busi­ness pro­gram at North­east­ern, I spent my entire fourth year over­seas par­tic­i­pat­ing in a study abroad and inter­na­tional co-op. I was so enthralled with global expe­ri­ence that I added two field study pro­grams before and after my IB require­ment. This expe­ri­en­tial year as an expa­tri­ate strives to develop us as global lead­ers, thinkers, and doers. I had the oppor­tu­nity to travel to over a dozen dif­fer­ent coun­tries in only 12 months; more than I have ever in my entire life. But the gnaw­ing ques­tion when I returned to the states really made me think about what it means to go abroad: “What was your favorite part?”

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What It's Really Like to Work for a Social Enterprise Abroad

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Through my work with Heart Cap­i­tal, I have been able to get into a Skype call with one of the cre­ators of the Acu­men Fund’s report­ing tool, PULSE, and into the office of J-PAL Africa at the Uni­ver­sity of Cape Town. For stu­dents of social entre­pre­neur­ship or really any­body look­ing for an inter­est­ing and engag­ing co-op posi­tion, I highly rec­om­mend the one I cur­rently have.

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Interview with Cebisa Mahlukwana, a 2008 South Africa Field Study Program student

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I recently had the oppor­tu­nity to inter­view Cebisa Mahluk­wana, a mem­ber of the 2008 South Africa Field Study Pro­gram. At the con­clu­sion of the pro­gram, Cebisa was awarded a schol­ar­ship to attend North­east­ern Uni­ver­sity to ful­fill his MBA, which he will begin in the fall. Upon doing addi­tional research on the TSiBA grad­u­ate, I dis­cov­ered …
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