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This is an Applied Global Business Learning (AGBL) trip that is supported by the Center for Global and Economic Studies. AGBL is a unique volunteer organization that looks to assist communities in developing nations. By providing micro-enterprise solutions, it is the hope of the organization to foster sustainable business practices while preserving cultural ideals. Participating students will go beyond their comfort zone as the hospitals and schools run by the Meru Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church are bare-bones operations. Instruction for these trips is very unique and rather sparse. In the classroom, participants will learn how to write a business plan, how to brainstorm ideas, historical data and facts about the country, and a bit about the culture. A paper and some additional meetings in addition to the trip are required.


MU Applied Global Business Learning is an academic program at Marquette University. lts purpose is to connect students, faculty and business leaders with motivated entrepreneurs in the developing world. lt intends to foster sustainable business solutions while preserving cultural ideals with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of those involved in the small business or micro-enterprises. AGBL is also the MU chapter for Global Business Brigades which spawned off from Global Medical Brigades, an organization started here at Marquette in 2003 bringing medical doctors and a mobile clinic to rural Honduras.
Courses: Econ 3040-106 (3 credits).


The students stay at the Meru Diocese Guesthous near the Nkoaranga Hospital. The accommodations and are clean and safe.


Program Fee-billable *   $1,000.00
Airfare   $1,500.00
Passport/Visa   $135.00
Other   $100.00
Total: $2,735.00


The Nkoaranga Lutheran Hospital is a government-run hospital in the rural village of Nkoaranga, located in Mount Meru region of Northeastern Tanzania.
Tanzania, the largest country in East Africa, includes the spice islands of Zanzibar, Pemba, and Mafia and contains Africa's highest point—Kilimanjaro, at 5,895 meters (19,340 feet). Kilimanjaro, a dormant volcano, is snowcapped even though it is near the Equator. The African population consists of more than 120 ethnic groups.

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