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Join us in Mongolia in September?

"You are a person who wants to make a difference in the world. You are interested in learning about other cultures and business environments. You are interested in exploring opportunities to develop socially and environmentally beneficial businesses and projects in a rapidly developing country.

On this trip you will learn more about the fascinating culture and history of Mongolia, while also witnessing and participating in social entrepreneurship activities at a grass roots level. Approximately fifteen Royal Roads University professors, students, alumni and friends will spend four days in the capital city Ulaanbaatar learning about Mongolian culture, and meeting with local entrepreneurs and organizations supporting entrepreneurship. The group will then head out to the countryside for three days to understand the traditions, challenges and opportunities in rural areas. Travelling in September, we have the special opportunity to participate in the Sea-buckthorn harvest. This multipurpose native plant has been proposed for uses including mine site rehabilitation and processing for export. We will stay in ger tents, ride horses and explore ways to bring economic and social opportunities to rural people. Mongolia is experiencing a mining-led economic boom, with more than 17 per cent real GDP growth rate in 2011. Mongolia is also experiencing severe environmental and social problems due to the boom.  Mongolia has a high literacy rate (97%) and a high access to Internet compared with other developing countries, and has an open, democratic government and free market economy.

Mongolia has an enduring traditional culture, with approximately half the population living in rural areas in round felt tents (gers) raising livestock. Mongolia is the least densely populated country in the world, with an unspoiled landscape of rolling grasslands and no fences.

Leadership Tour leader Charles Krusekopf is a professor of International Business and Environmental Management expert who has worked in Mongolia for over 20 years. His academic centre in Ulaanbaatar will support the trip, ensuring local access and long term support. Professors Mike Thompson and Geoff Archer from the Faculty of Management and the Eric C. Douglass Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies are coming to Mongolia intending to replicate success of the Micro Business Catalyst Project currently supporting twenty families in Tanzania. Several RRU students currently working on projects in Mongolia will also engage with us.

September 8 -16, 2012 will be excellent timing for minimal airfare and maximum experience. Precise dates will be confirmed shortly. Of course you may stay after the tour and/or explore on your layover.  Cost is estimated at $4000, including airfare from Victoria/Vancouver (approximately $2000 +/- via Seoul or Beijing) and accommodation, meals, travel and support in Mongolia.  Questions and expressions of interest can be directed to J. Benjamin Lee at jbenjaminlee@gmail.com.  We will be holding an online Collaborate information session on Tuesday, July 10 at 6 p.m. PDT to discuss the trip for anyone interested.

Commitments and an initial deposit of $500 will be due by August 1, 2012.