Latam Compact 2019 Amazonia: Socio-environmental challenges and entrepreneurship in the Green Heart of Latin America Course lecturer: Dr. Vanessa Boanada Fuchs Course outline: Students' future prospects depend on how adaptable they are to a rapidly changing international environment. We believe in equipping the next generation of professionals with more integrative skills which target at the same time organizational, societal and environmental concerns, respectively: - the capacity to adapt to contextual landscapes and situations - to empathize within different cultural contexts - to create value from sustainable practices The 2019 edition of the Latam Compact Course offers HSG Master Students the possibility to enroll in a block seminar to get immersed into Amazonian affairs. The course takes place between October 27 and November 02, during the University's Autumn Break. We take students out of the classroom into the forest because we strongly believe that the above-mentioned capabilities are best developed in direct contact with the concerned places and people. The block seminar brings together university students and local Amazonian producers. The project makes use of old and new technologies as educational tools: webinars and online learning portfolios are combined with ethnographic methodologies (live meeting, observing, interacting and exchanging during an immersive one-week fieldwork). The course is structured in two parts. The first one is a self-guided study based on literature about Amazonian history and webinars. The second part of the course takes place in Brazil and puts participants in direct contact with Amazonian entrepreneurs, family farmers, local cooperatives and indigenous artisans. Combining digital and on-the-ground research, the course participants will produce a final report - based on the case studies - which will address challenges that are considered relevant to the sustainability of activities carried out by selected Amazonian entrepreneurs. Dates and Special Application Procedure Dates: October 27 - November 02 Registration: From July 1 to September 10, 2019 Special application procedure: Please, submit your motivation letter and CV to GIMLA with the headline "Compact Amazonia" Fees and Further Information 3 ECTS in Contextual Studies (Cultures) Open to all HSG Master students Limited number of seats Fees: The course is free, but students must bear the costs of international flight and local accommodation during the trip (around CHF1'800). Latam Compact Scholarship Program If you are interested in applying to one of our Latam Compact courses, but worry about the costs, consider applying to the Latam Compact Scholarship Program. Scholarships are attributed according to both academic merit and financial needs basis. In your motivation letter, when applying to the course, please include: - a financial need self-declaration; - list at least one important academic achievement, and state your university grade point average. Candidates who already benefit from a scholarship or grant to study at the University of St.Gallen are given priority.