In addition to Darden’s exchange programs and Global Business Experiences, Darden students now have the opportunity to participate in Global Field Experiences (GFEs). GFEs are electives that give small teams of students the opportunity to provide consulting services to an international company or organization while working closely with a Darden faculty member. At the beginning or end of each course, students visit the company on location to build on-the-ground knowledge and scope the issue at hand.
In the fall, six Second Year students worked with Darden professor Mary Margaret Frank and the World Bicycle Relief, a nonprofit organization that has distributed more than 100,000 bicycles and trained more than 750 bike mechanics in developing countries. The project included compiling a complete review of, and offering recommendations for, the current World Bicycle Relief financial model; creating a “pitchbook” that will aid in raising new capital; and developing a potential investor base for funding growth. This GFE culminated in a weeklong journey to Zambia in December. Second Year student Paul Frederic Manlapig gave a day-to-day account of his experiences in Zambia on the Global Voices of Darden Blog (read Part 1 and Part 2).
Learn more about Global Field Experiences and read about GFEs in other countries.