Intersecting Minds: Education, Business and Technology at the North Carolina State Jenkins Graduate School of Management

Peru Spring Break ’09 | March 10, 2009

Hi all, this is a guest posting from me, Alissa. I was one of the MBA students who went to Peru over Spring Break. We trekked all over the country through Lima, Trujillo, and Cusco. Our first stop was Lima, where we spent 2 days.

Lima was very metropolitan. We visited the Museo Nacional de Antropología, Museo Larco Herrera, and the San Francisco Franciscan monastery. Carlos, our Lima tour guide, had set up the visits so that we can reflect on the history of Peru before our visit to Machu Picchu.

Carlos, Best Tour Guide in Peru

San Francisco Franciscan Monastery

Unfortunately, we couldn’t take pictures inside the monastery, but when were looking down into a lower level burial chamber at one point (the part was barred and we can only look down into it) and John was so excited to see it that he leaned over to take a closer look at the crusty skull that he dropped his sunglasses. Our church guide had to open the gate leading into the chamber so John could retrieve them.


After Lima, we flew to Trujillo where the real work began. We first worked in Clementina, a homesteading community in the desert. People from the highlands/forest move down to the desert in hopes of a better life. After two years from setting up their stakes, the government will acknowledge them as legal owners. We planted trees for one day around the community. Clementina residents were happy to have us and helped us plant 100+ trees. Even though life is hard, the people are happy as life is better than before Clementina. After our tree planting day, we visited Sinergia, a non-profit microfinance association, where we worked with Jim Keller and Drew McWay on our projects on how to make Sinergia more efficient by:

  • Analyzing the loan process audit.
  • Analyzing accounting/loan software packages.
  • Analyzing the impact of micro-financing.
  • Analyzing basic business skills programs.
  • Analyzing competitors.

Our projects will not only help a great association, but will also impact people in need in numerous positive ways. For more information and to help them fundraise, please visit their website at:

Marianne, John, and Thomas Working Hard

Gun Show in Clementina

After our work in Trujillo, we headed to Cusco and Machu Picchu. Isn’t the sky amazing?

Cusco - Blue Skies

Machu Picchu

What we heard was true – that Lima, Trujillo, and Cusco are very different cities. Lima was very metropolitan, Trujillo was impoverished, and Cusco was very eclectic with all the backpackers. This trip certainly gave my spoiled butt a wake up call and I’m sure the rest of the students who went on this trip will also agree with me.


1 Comment »

  1. got tickets to the gun show? What’s that all about!? Is it my pose or something? 🙂

    Comment by Marianne Bradford — March 11, 2009 @ 1:03 am

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