Student Journal: summer dispatches from the field Orphans in Mexico: expanding the boys' goat cheese and soap business

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The Dispatches

1- It is 6 a.m., time to get up and be introduced to the goats

2 - Lunch with the big cheese and a road trip to Cancún

3 - Gringos and luggage up to the rafters, and assessing the goat cheese market in Cancún

4 - Milking the goats, a business meeting in Mexico City, and 'stoptional' red lights

5 - A new wave of volunteers, spending time with the boys

6 - Our recommendations to improve the orphanage's business operations



The Dispatches
Gringos and luggage up to the rafters, assessing the goat cheese market in Cancún, and scant detail about nightlife at La Boom

ATLIXCO, MEXICO - We left IPODERAC at 6:30 a.m., the car packed to the roof with gringos and luggage. Some 950 miles and 15 hours later, we arrived in Cancún and went into reverse culture shock. We were surrounded by a sea of Americans.


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After making the adjustment, we set to work meeting with chefs from various restaurants and hotels to assess the market for IPODERAC cheeses. The 12-mile island known as Isla Cancún is lined from end to end with top-notch hotels and resorts, making it a promising market for high-end cheeses. We also met with potential sales representatives and chased down distributors of other perishable products to learn more about distribution on the island.

We decided to give ourselves the day off on Sunday and went to explore the Mayan ruins at nearby Chichén Itzá. We also managed to find ourselves caught up in the world-renowned Cancún nightlife at La Boom.

Then it was back on the road for the 15-hour return trek to the orphanage. The chavos at the orphanage were curious about our adventure, but seemed happy to have us back. One immediately tried to start a pick-up basketball game in our casa.

Our next excursion will be to meet with IPODERAC's largest customer in Mexico City, where we hope to improve relations to benefit the orphanage …

—Doug Brown
—Joost Krikhaar
—Fabio Matsui
—Brent Mitchell

Chichén Itzá
The Mayan ruins at Chichén Itzá


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