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Posted by Miguel J Saavedra @migsaave at 5:01 - 0 Comments

As part of the Managing for Social Impact module on the MSc in Marketing and Creativity, I was a member of a team of 11 ESCP Europe students who travelled to the Philippines in July. Our trip was in partnership with Gawad Kalinga (GK), a Philippines-based NGO, and was paid for by each of us individually (although we raised funds as a group). The objective was to develop the skills necessary to generate positive social impact in our future careers as managers. 

We arrived in the Philippines at 7:00pm on a Saturday night. For all of us, this was our first time in the Philippines; for some, our first trip to Asia. We were definitely pushed out of our comfort zone right from the start! That first night we stayed with  Filipino families in Manila. A long night, since we slept on the floor on mats and blankets. Shower time the next morning was quite a challenge; we even had to use a bucket to flush the toilet. We met up to have breakfast together, and took the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the local community of Taguig, formerly known as Little Tondo - Tondo  being the largest slum area in Manila.

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