Since landing at SFO on just over a week ago, our team has been asked the routine IBD post-trip questions. Through calls and emails over the past few days we have concluded that we have independently come up with very similar responses to these common questions.
How was it? Challenging, inspiring, and unexpectedly incredibly rewarding.
Did you get to do any traveling on weekends? We didn’t stop traveling the entire time! We were essentially on a 3 week tour of South Africa that mixed some of the most popular attractions with an authentic introduction to life in South Africa outside affluent and well-developed areas. Surprisingly two nights at an elephant game reserve and the 2012 CAF Football championship game at the Durban World Cup stadium (GO PIRATES!) could not compare to the culture and hospitality we were shown in places that Google has yet to put on the map.
Did your client engage with the team? I can count on one hand the number of days that we did not have at least 2 meals with our client.
Was your client invested in the project? Yes, the client was very invested in both the outcome of the project and making sure our team was exposed to as many stakeholders as possible. P.E.A.C.E.’s founder personally introduced us to dozens of stakeholders as “among the brightest and most impressive MBA students in the world” who had “produced ground-breaking work for her foundation.” Get your mom to top that in this year’s Christmas letter! No seriously all joking aside, have her to call our team because we have grown used to being fed absurd compliments and are currently battling self-esteem issues.
How did the team get along? We learned quickly the role that each team member would play in balancing our need to deliver a high-quality project and maintain our sanity. We worked a lot and laughed a little more…
In summary, our answers to these common questions only scratches the surface of how unique our experience felt and how determined the team was to deliver a final project that matched the ambition, benevolence, and determination of The P.E.A.C.E. Foundation. Thanks P.E.A.C.E.!!