Transformative Business Immersion
Transformative Business Immersion (TBI) is a 6 credit-bearing experiential learning course of the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Hong Kong.
The course takes place during the Summer Semester and students can participate in one of the classes either in June or in August. The class size is comprised of around 25 undergrad students who travel to a tropical island in the Philippines, Bohol, where they work with small business and live alongside local families for 3 weeks before their return to Hong Kong.
“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain
Throughout the duration of the course, students stay in a small village near a town called Jagna, about 2 hours drive from the international airport and the capital city of Bohol, Tagbilaran.
The accommodation is provided in homestays with local families and is a unique opportunity for students to suddenly have several brothers, sisters cousins and pets ... well, a whole new family :) This helps students to immerse themselves in daily life
of locals, experience the beautiful Filipino culture (including the delicious food) and understand struggles of life in a developing country.
Transformative Business Immersion (TBI) course has developed close relationships with businesses located in and around Jagna. Over the years of collaboration, students have helped many local business owners understand their products, accounting and operations, and have helped them establish new strategies to improve their business.
Students work in teams and are assigned to businesses ranging from Bed & Breakfast through vegetable stalls or tile vendors to diving shops. This is an opportunity to see how small, family-owned business works, what are the issues and also what are the happy moments.
Lecturer of the course is Mr Beau Lefler who teaches at the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Hong Kong and who has been coming to Bohol for many years.
The teaching assistant of the course is Ms Lucia Loposova who has worked in developing countries and specialises in impact and non-formal learning.