Two weeks in South Africa for the Global Immersion Experience | Photo essay by UBC MBA student Ivonne Arens

Cape Town, South Africa
Posted 2023-04-05

When I saw that South Africa was one of the four possible GIE destinations, I was so excited to go there. The GIE brought me out of my comfort zone and, at the same time, exceeded my expectations in many ways.

At the beginning, it was difficult to understand our client project since it involved an industry that was unfamiliar to me. After several meetings, extensive research, and consultations with professors, we found the right direction that ultimately led us to deliver a project that our client was thrilled with. It's satisfying to know that the work we did will be used by the company.

Coming from South America, it is easy to relate and empathize with some of the struggles and realities of South Africa. Throughout the trip, I reflected on how different and how similar our regions are.

Overall, the GIE was an unforgettable experience and one of the highlights of my MBA. Beyond learning about South Africa, I also had the opportunity to create lasting memories outside the classroom with my MBA friends. I am grateful to UBC Sauder and the University of Cape Town for making this experience possible.