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McCombs Adventure Program

McCombs Adventure Program (MAP) is an optional pre-orientation adventure for incoming Texas MBA students. MAP provides an amazing opportunity for new Texas MBAs to connect with future classmates and spend time with second year Texas MBA students and alumni or staff leading the trips. This year, there are two international MAP options: 1) Constructing a school in a Maasai community in Tanzania*, and 2) Venturing to the Galapagos Islands* for an adventure-based experience.

2016 MAP Trip Locations, Descriptions & How to Register

Tanzania MAP Trip*

  • Date: July 13 - 23, 2016
  • Pricing: $500 program fee and $700 Safari fee are due by June 1st. $2,000 estimated airfare cost for international airfare to and from Kilimanjaro, Tanzania* will be purchased by students on their own. Students are also expected to raise a minimum of $1,200, with a goal of exceeding that minimum, that will go directly to project materials, due by July 13th.

The 2016 MAP Tanzania program* is our second trip organized with Building Bridges Worldwide and MBA alums Dan Sarles and Ted Egner. Participating students will travel to the rural village of Simanjiro to work with Building Bridges and their local partners to construct an additional building in a school complex that Building Bridges helped build in 2014. After signing up for the program, students will crowd-source fund-raise $1,200 or more for the project’s labor and building materials. In July, participants will fly to the Kilimanjaro airport and meet trip leaders there. The program will begin with a short safari to Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park to view famed African wildlife and build the team bonds necessary for the work in the village. Participants will be transported to the village, enjoy a welcome ceremony, and receive instructions from the local construction site managers on the project. Construction will take place Monday through Thursday and, after a job well done, students will celebrate together Thursday night before departing on Friday to be back in the US on Saturday. Accommodations at the village will be very basic. The village will not have electricity and running water -- bottled water will be provided -- and students should prepare to spend 4 nights in sleeping bags on floor mats or on basic cots. Hot meals will be provided but will be very simple dishes consisting of mainly rice and beans. Students should also be able to participate in strenuous activities such as digging ditches, shoveling dirt, and mixing cement by hand.  

How to Register

Deadline to register is June 1st.

View the itinerary for the Tanzania program* here: Tanzania 2016 Itinerary
Find out more about the project here: 2016 Tanzania Project and Building Bridges Worldwide

*Both Tanzania and Ecuador are on UT Austin's “Restricted Regions” list. No University of Texas at Austin student, faculty, or staff can be required to travel to a Restricted Region. Any participation in travel to a Restricted Region is strictly voluntary, and the traveler assumes full responsibility for all risks associated with this travel.

Galapagos Islands MAP Trip*

  • Date: July 16 - 23, 2016
  • Pricing: $2,699 program fee plus $1,000 estimated airfare cost for international airfare to and from Quito, Ecuador*, which will be purchased by students on their own. The program will transport students to the Galapagos Islands* and back to Quito. Note: Accommodations are shared, but there is a $350 additional fee for a single room throughout the program.

Participants will arrive in Quito, Ecuador* on Sunday, July 16 and have a chance to spend some time in the capital city before flying to Baltra Island on the 17th. The first three nights participants will stay on Isabela Island, visiting the Flamingo Lagoon, Sierra Negro Volcano, Concha de Perla, and the Tortoise Breeding Center, encountering flora and fauna non-existent in any other part of the world. From there, students will take a boat to Santa Cruz Island and spend the night camping in the Cerro Mesa Ecological Reserve and participating in reforesting or turtle monitoring activities before transferring to Puerto Ayora for some free time to enjoy Tortuga Bay and another night’s stay in Santa Cruz. Finally, students will spend their last night on San Cristobal Island enjoying some free time with kayaks or bikes before flying back to Quito on Saturday afternoon. All breakfast and dinners are covered by the program fee, as well as three lunches.

How To Register

Registration for the Galapagos MAP Trip* is currently closed at this time, however spots are still available on the Tanzania* and Day Trips. Please see those tabs for registration instructions.


View the itinerary for the Galapagos Islands trip* here: Galapagos Islands 2016 Itinerary 

*Both Tanzania and Ecuador are on UT Austin's “Restricted Regions” list. No University of Texas at Austin student, faculty, or staff can be required to travel to a Restricted Region. Any participation in travel to a Restricted Region is strictly voluntary, and the traveler assumes full responsibility for all risks associated with this travel.

Austin Area MAP Trips

If you are unable to travel internationally for a MAP trip, we encourage you to review these local options in Austin! All three of these trips are only one day and they leave from The University of Texas at Austin campus. Register for one, two, or all three, and feel free to register your spouse or significant other as well.

Fredericksburg - Wine Tasting

  • Date: July 21, 2016
  • Pricing: $142 per person

Nothing like a little road trip to the Hill Country! You'll visit the Woodrose and Becker wineries to sample the area’s unique Texas wines. Enjoy lunch as well as ample time to explore historic downtown Fredericksburg. The trip includes round-trip transportation from Austin.

New Braunfels - Tubing

  • Date: July 22, 2016
  • Pricing: $146 per person

You'll spend the day floating down the Guadalupe River – it doesn’t get much more laid back than this! The trip includes lunch, equipment rental, guide, and round-trip transportation from Austin. Participants must be able to swim.

Taylor/Austin - BBQ and Brewery

  • Date: July 23, 2016
  • Pricing: $185 per person

Austin’s barbecue revolution has its roots in this charming town packed with barbeque tradition. Enjoy lunch at one of Louie Mueller's BBQ, the institution where Aaron Franklin learned his trade, before making your way back to Austin to witness the thriving micro-brew community in a visit to two local Austin breweries.

How to Register

In order to register, visit the WorldStrides website and select "Register To Travel" on the right side of the page. On this page, you will need to enter the Trip ID 131813 for any of the Austin day trips. REGISTRATION HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL JUNE 15, 2016.

View the itinerary for the Austin Day Trips here: Austin Day Trips Itineraries

 If you have any questions about these trips or registration, contact Thomas Ward by email or at 512-471-4143.