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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 composting latrines and fuel-efficient cooking stoves in a Chinantec indigenous rural community in Oaxaca, Mexico*, and 2) Venturing to Guilin and Yangshuo, China for an adventure-based experience.

2017 MAP Trip Locations, Descriptions & How to Register

Oaxaca, Mexico MAP Trip*

  • Date: July 19 - 28, 2017
  • Pricing: $550 program fee, or $450 for "early bird" registration by April 26th. Participants will be responsible for their own airfare to and from Oaxaca City, Mexico (est. from Austin is ~$700). 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 2017 MAP Oaxaca Program* is our third trip organized with Building Bridges Worldwide and Texas MBA alums Dan Sarles and Ted Egner. Participating students will travel to the Chinantec indigenous rural community of San Isidro Naranjal, Oaxaca to work with Building Bridges and local partners on the construction of composting latrines and fuel-efficient cooking stoves in order to address the interrelated issues of deforestation, habitat loss, and water contamination. 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 Oaxaca City airport to meet trip leaders. The program will begin with a day of exploring Oaxaca City and all its cultural treasurers to give participants a chance to bond with the team. Participants will also enjoy a welcome ceremony and receive instructions from the local construction site managers on the project. Construction will take place Friday and Saturday and then students will have a free day to explore the tropical ecosystem of San Isidro Naranjal, including swimming holes and hiking trails. Participants will return to work Monday and Tuesday and, after a job well done, students will depart the village together Wednesday night for Oaxaca City to enjoy a group celebration dinner. The group will transfer to a resort style hotel in the city on Thursday to relax and enjoy comforts in addition to fun activities before departing and returning back to the U.S. on Friday. Accommodations at the village will be very basic. The village will not have electricity or 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

  • Complete Registration on WeTravel (Coming Soon)
  • Complete a Crowdrise Profile for the Program (Coming Soon)

Early Bird Registration Deadline is April 26th
Regular Registration is April 27 - May 20th

A $100 non-refundable deposit is due upon registration. Participants that put down the deposit before April 26th lock into the $450 “Early Bird” rate. Registration will remain open at the regular $550 rate through May 20th. The balance of both the regular and early bird program fee is due on May 20th.


View the itinerary for the Oaxaca Program* here: McCombs Adventure Program Oaxaca Itinerary

*Mexico is 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. San Isidro Naranjal and its surrounding area is not an area highlighted in the U.S. State Department travel warning to Mexico. More info here.

Guilin & Yangshuo China MAP Trip

  • Date: July 20 - 28, 2017
  • Pricing: $1,389 program fee plus $1,400 - $1,700 estimated airfare cost for international airfare to and from Guilin, China which will be purchased by students on their own. Note: Accommodations are shared, but there is a $348 additional fee for a single room throughout the program.

Participants will arrive in Guilin, China on Friday, July 21 and have a chance to spend some time there before heading out Saturday to Yao Mountain, visiting the Longji Rice Terraces and spending the night in Longsheng on the 22nd. Students will visit the Ping’an and Dazhai Villages below the “Dragon-Backbone” rice fields and hike along the golden waterway of the Li river. The Li river delivers amazing sites such as the Yangdi flying waterfall, amazing limestone formations, dense bamboo forests, and water buffalo wandering about rural farms. The program will end in Yangshuo with more hiking, bicycle tours, river tours, and a cooking class. All breakfast and lunches are covered by the program fee, as well as a welcome and farewell dinner.

How To Register

  • Register for the trip here: WorldStrides -- Enter UT Austin MAP Trip ID: 145535
  • Once you enter the Trip ID, click on the ‘Register Now’ box below and you will be taken directly to your program's registration portal. The deadline to register is April 24th.
  • A $200 deposit is due upon registration, 50% of the program fee is due by May 14th, and the remainder due by June 5th.

View the itinerary for the Guilin & Yangshuo MAP trip here: Guilin & Yangshuo 2017 Itinerary

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