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OneSeed Expeditions is excited to announce the launch of OneSeed Innovation Labs, summer learning trips to Nepal, Tanzania, and Peru introducing high school students to entrepreneurial thinking and cross-cultural collaboration.
“We want to share our passion and experience in entrepreneurship to promote critical thinking and better prepare rising juniors and seniors to enter college and embrace challenges,” says OneSeed founder Chris Baker.
Each OneSeed Innovation Lab offers a unique mix of class time, field work, and multi-day adventure treks that turn remote villages into learning labs for building connections and exploration. The engaging curriculum introduces students to local entrepreneurs in foreign countries and to a framework (Design Thinking) to help them better understand and propose solutions to the challenges faced by real-world entrepreneurs.
OneSeed is a leader in socially-minded adventure travel — and since its beginning in 2011, has invested in microloans to 600+ women entrepreneurs around the world. OneSeed is experienced in designing educational and immersive travel for students from institutions like Harvard Business School, the Kellogg School of Management, and Northwestern University. “Offering international learning trips tailored to high school students is a natural evolution for OneSeed,” Baker says.
A maximum of 20 students can sign up for each of the three initial OneSeed summer offerings: A Himalayan Adventure in Entrepreneurship based out of Kathmandu, Nepal (June 15 – 28, 2019); Ancient Cultures & Modern Innovation based in Cusco, Peru (July 6 – 19, 2019); and Learning from Africa’s Leading Entrepreneurs based in Moshi, Tanzania (July 27 – August 9, 2019).
School partnerships will allow teachers to incorporate Labs curriculum into their own classroom and travel with their students to co-lead programming.
“Mutual respect and collaboration are key to any overseas learning experience that truly broadens cross-cultural understanding and gives back in a meaningful way,” Baker says. “Whether it’s meeting with dairy farmers at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro or brainstorming with business owners in Kathmandu, students will learn from and work with local people.”
Baker is a graduate of Yale University and the School for International Training (SIT) in Nepal, and is a former Teach for America Corps member. The OneSeed Expeditions founder helped establish Wayfinder Co-op, a collaborative work space for Denver’s outdoor industry. Baker currently serves as a Business Mentor at the Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute in Denver, CO and will lead Labs programming next summer.
Learn more about each of these trips and school partnership opportunities here.
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