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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 1st year MBA students to connect with future classmates and spend time with seasoned Texas MBA veterans leading the trips. This year, there are two international MAP options: 1) constructing an agricultural school and training facility in Nicaragua or 2) exploring Vietnam through an adventure itinerary.

2015 MAP Trip Locations, Descriptions & How to Register

Nicaragua MAP Trip

  • Date: July 18 - 25, 2015
  • Pricing: $500 program fee is due June 1st and $500 estimated airfare cost for international airfare to & from Managua, Nicaragua will be purchased by students on their own. Students are also expected to raise $1500 that will go directly to project materials, also due by July 15th.

The 2015 MAP Nicaragua program represents a new type of MAP trip! Participating students will work Building Bridges Worldwide, a non-profit organization started by McCombs MBA alumni and Fabretto Children’s Foundation to construct an agriculture school and training facility in the rural village of Quebrada, Nicaragua. After signing up for the program, students will crowd-source fund-raise $1500 that goes directly to the project’s building materials. In July, participants will travel to Managua, Nicaragua, and meet their group at an orientation from Building Bridges staff. Students will then be transported to the village, interact with the village residents, and receive instructions from the local construction site managers on the project itself. Construction will take place Monday through Thursday. On Friday, the group will spend the day and night on the Pacific Ocean at the Barcelo Montelimar Beach Resort to relax after a job well done and return home on Saturday. Accommodations at the village will be very basic. The village will not have electricity or running water and students should prepare to spend 4 nights sleeping in sleeping bags on the floor 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 shoveling and lifting materials.  

How to Register

Deadline to register is June 1st.

View the itinerary for the Nicaragua program here: 2015 MAP Nicaragua Itinerary
Find out more about the project here: 2015 Nicaragua Project and Building Bridges Worldwide
More on conditions and orientation here: Building Bridges Worldwide Volunteer Packet

Vietnam MAP Trip

  • Date: July 19 - 25, 2015
  • Pricing: $1,450 program fee plus $1,400 estimated airfare cost for international airfare into Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and departing Hanoi, Vietnam will be purchased by students on their own. A $200 non-refundable deposit is due upon registration through May 5th. The remainder of the program fee is due on May 5th and registration after May 5th will require fee paid in full. Note: Accommodations are shared and there is a $395 additional fee for a single room throughout the program.

Participants will spend 4 nights in Saigon exploring the city and visiting historical sites before getting out of town to explore the Cu Chi Tunnels and the Mekong Delta. The group will then fly to Hanoi and continue the adventure exploring the enchanting Halong Bay before enjoying some well-earned free time to continue exploring the city.

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 115906 for Vietnam.  Deadline to register is June 5th.

View the itinerary for the Vietnam program here: 2015 MAP Vietnam Itinerary

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! Both of these trips are only one day and they leave from The University of Texas at Austin campus. Register for one or both, and feel free to register your spouse or significant other as well.

Fredericksburg - Wine Tasting

  • Date: July 22, 2015
  • Pricing: $140 per person

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

New Braunfels - Tubing

  • Date: July 23, 2015
  • Pricing: $130 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.

Lockhart - BBQ and Brewery

  • Date: July 24, 2015
  • Pricing: $155 per person

Austin’s barbecue revolution has its roots in this charming town packed with barbeque tradition. Enjoy lunch at one of Lockhart’s BBQ institutions 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 115048 for any of the Austin day trips. Deadline to register is June 15th.


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