by Ally Agoglia The social entrepreneurship dialogue to South Africa opened my eyes to a country I had never experienced, people who understood firsthand the challenges poverty presented, and mechanisms for change that originated largelyContinue reading
By Cayman Macdonald Exciting news from our partner institution in South Africa, the Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA): a top scholar graduating this year, Tinashe Munyuki, has been awarded the prestigious Mandela Rhodes ScholarshipContinue reading
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.
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.
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?”