Twenty Wharton undergraduates participated in the Wharton International Program (WIP) trip to Morocco and Portugal over spring break, March 1-10. As part of the social-impact-themed, half-credit course, students visited socially responsible companies, participated in service projects, and visited various cultural sites in both Morocco and Portugal.
While in Morocco, the Wharton undergraduates worked on a service project at Rhamna Skills, an organization that provides educational opportunities and training to members of a mining community outside of Marrakech. The students also volunteered time at a local rehabilitation center outside of Casablanca. While in Casablanca, the class participants also visited INJAZ and Boston Consulting Group to learn about initiatives for social impact in Morocco and the region. Students also got to explore Casablanca, Fez, and Marrakech.
In Portugal, the students visited Catolica University in Lisbon where they attended two lectures by University faculty. The students networked with some of the undergraduate business students at the university while participating in a case study about how to convince young adults in both countries to save money for retirement. The students also visited with Logoplaste, Galp in Lisbon and Delta Company Coffee in the Campo Maior region of Portugal. Students also enjoyed cultural excursions in Lisbon, Sintra, and Caiscais Bay.
Maria Gao, one of the trip participants, remarked, “One of the best experiences that I have had at Wharton so far. Every aspect of the trip was planned incredibly well and the combination of the site visits and cultural excursions created an educational, memorable, and eye-opening experience that I will certainly ever forget.”
Another class participant, Lily Huang, mentioned, “Going on WIP was one of the best 10 days of my life. I met people that I know I will be friends with for life. WIP has changed my views on working in a developing country. I am currently seriously considering working abroad after graduation just because I think there is so much to be seen that is outside of the United States.”