Namibia & Botswana

Study Tours give students the opportunity to explore the economic, political, and cultural contexts of business in regions outside the US. Tours are proposed and planned by students, with the guidance of faculty and staff mentors.

Below are the reflections of participants studying how education can bolster economic development in southern Africa.

Leadership Impressions of a President

It’s not every day you get to meet a sitting president. In fact, this was my first.  His Excellency, President Hage Geingob, has been in office since 2014 and is the third president of Namibia since its independence in 1994.
I’m not sure what I expected from a president, but I … Read more 

We are Animals

Our safari tours were the first days on this trip that we’ve had to wake up very early in the morning to get started. I’m not a morning person, but boy were the wake-ups worth it.
Two distinct memories with these animals will stay with me for years to come:
1) A … Read more 

The Benevolent Foreign Investor

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Michelle, founder of Langdon Organics, was an interesting case study of a foreign influencer on a tight knit Botswana culture and economy.
My first impression of Michelle was that she was energetic, driven, and relatable because any one of us could find ourselves in her shoes 10 or 20 years from … Read more 

The Namibian desert – sand, sun and more sand

The last part of our trip was spent in the Namib-Naukluft national park, 300km south west of the capital Windhoek. We woke up early Thursday morning and left the lodge before the sun came up. At the time, I didn’t realize the importance of beating sun but that became very … Read more 

Meeting with the President of Namibia

During our time in Namibia, we had exceptional the opportunity to meet with his Excellency President Geingob and Madame Geingoss at the state house in Windhoek. It was an incredible experience to hear from the third President of the country. As we drove up the hill on the way to … Read more 

The importance of fostering culture – Young 1ove

Today we spent the day with the non-profit Young 1ove. The day started with a lot of energy as we entered the new office space they moved into back in November. It was a particular surprise for me as I spotted Clarisse Lau, their administration manager. Clarisse and I spent … Read more 

Katatura and My Own Black Experience

While we were in Windhoek, we visited Katutura, a low-income neighborhood on the outskirts of the city. Needless to say, our perceptions of Windhoek were strongly challenged by our visit to Katutura.
Katutura, literally translated as “the place where people do not want to live”, was created during South West African … Read more 

When the safari in Etosha blew my mind

Our study tour included a wildlife safari in Etosha National Park in Namibia. When I saw the schedule, I was less excited than most as I was unsure whether we might harm animals by intruding in a reserve area. I also tend to evaluate activities carefully when I feel like … Read more 

As Many Questions as Answers While Meeting the President of Namibia

The day was finally here for one of the headline events of our study tour — the opportunity to meet the President of Namibia, Hage Geingob. Dressed in business formal wear and having been sufficiently prepped on appropriate customs and ways to address him, we climbed out of our vans … Read more 

In Southern Africa, Rain is Literally Money

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Upon arriving in Botswana, our tour group learned that ‘pula’, the currency for Botswana, was also the Setswana word for ‘rain’.   During the rest of our time in southern Africa, rain – or the lack thereof, would play a huge part of the conversations about the economic future of both … Read more 

Reflections from a Dusty Drive to Northern Namibia

As we landed in Namibia the afternoon of Thursday, March 23rd and prepared to depart for our safari adventure in Etosha National Park the morning of Friday, March 24th, our minds were spinning with all that we had seen so far and excitement about all the animals we were about … Read more 

Meeting His Excellency, the President of Namibia

On my flight back to Boston, a friend asked me what was my favorite moment of the tour. The memory that came to mind was when I told the President of Namibia that I’d move there if there was a better invitation!
We met the President on the afternoon of March … Read more