Quick Info

  • Cochabamba, Bolivia
  • Spring Break
  • : Panther Program
  • : Business, Accounting, Business Information Systems, Finance, Global Management, Human Resources, Marketing, Supply Chain Management
  • : 3 March 2018 - 11 March 2018
  • : $4,750 (see scholarship information below)
  • : 20 October 2017
  • : 3.0 GPA


Students will earn three credits for the program through 'BUS 1755 - Service Learning in Organizations'. The academic course will take place during the spring semester on Mondays and Wedesdays 2:00-3:15pm and will be taught by Associate Dean Dr. Audrey Murrell, and students who are accepted to the program will be given a permission code in order to enroll in the course. Students will complete their project after returning from the in-country portion of the program.

For Pitt Business students, this course fulfills a foreign culture requirement, a social sciences requirement, an elective towards the Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and the functional elective towards the Certificate Program in Leadership and Ethics.


This course explores service learning as a form of active learning that values critical thinking and problem solving. When service-learning is effectively implemented, students gain in measures of academic achievement, citizenship, and leadership competence. There are several components of the service learning (SL) approach:

  • SL uses community service as the vehicle for the attainment of students' academic goals and objectives.
  • Community service fills a need in the community through volunteer efforts. Service-learning also fills that need, but it uses that need as a foundation to examine ourselves, society, and the future. Further, service-learning provides students with opportunities to use newly acquired skills and knowledge in real-life situations.
  • SL identifies in advance and tracks specific learning objectives and goals.
  • Students perform a valuable, significant, and necessary service which has real consequence to a community, organization or other stakeholder group.
  • SL enhances student learning by joining theory with experience and thought with action; it also helps students to see the relevance of academic subject to the real world.
  • SL also builds leadership competence through practice, reflection and active engagement.

Upon completion of the course, students will have accomplished the following:

  1. Developed an understanding of the concept of servant leadership and how it explains the inextricable link between ethics and effective leadership.
  2. Studied the key characteristics of servant leadership and how they related to and impact both personal and business success.
  3. Enhanced one's project management skills by working as part of a team on a servant leadership project.
  4. Develop critical leadership skills such as conflict resolution, negotiations and high impact communication.
  5. Applied course concepts to a relevant example in the service learning project, in which the teams work on a specific external project related to leadership, social responsibility, and ethics in business.
  6. Applied course concepts using a case analysis, business plan, and/or presentation to a client.

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Associate Dean Dr. Audrey Murrell will teach BUS 1755 - Service Learning in Organizations, which will take place during the spring term.

Hillary Koller, the Pitt Business International Programs Internship Manager, will act as the Program Assisant. Hillary has led several groups of students abroad and will travel with the group to serve as additional support and to help facilitate logistics. 

Amizade, the program's in-country partner, employs a local Site Director who will act as the main contact throughout the program.


Students will tentatively stay at the Hostel Maya in Cochabamba, which includes shared rooms, a private bathroom for each room, and daily breakfast. The lodging includes all the necessities (running water, flush toilets, etc.), but students should be prepared for and open to the concept of simpler and more rustic accommodations than would be expected at home.

Students will stay in a hotel for one night in Santa Cruz, which is tentatively the Hotel Misional.

Pricing And Dates

Program Fee
$4750 (see below for scholarship information)
Arrive in Bolivia Depart Bolivia
Sun, March 4, 2018 Sun, March 11, 2018

Scholarships are available for PBL members that are enrolled as Pitt Business, Dual or Double Degree students.  Members that are not Pitt Business, Dual or Double Degree students can participate in the program but are not eligible for the automatic scholarship.

  1. PBL members active, as determined by PBL, will receive an $2750 scholarship, bringing the Program Fee to $2000
  2. All PBL members are also eligible for other scholarships listed on abroad.pitt.edu/scholarships
  3. If one of the above-mentioned scholarships is accepted the student will agree to maintain active membership status in PBL until graduation.

CPLE students participating in this program will be named Woodcock Global Corporate Social Responsibility Fellows and will recieve an additional $1000 scholarship, bringing the program fee to $1000.

Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition
  • Round trip flights from Pittsburgh-Laz Paz, Santa Cruz-Pittsburgh
  • Intra-country flight from La Paz to Santa Cruz
  • Housing
  • Cultural and project-related site visits
  • Transportation to and from all cultural and project-related site visits
  • Most meals
  • International health insurance

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Some meals (~$100-$300)
  • Additional spending money

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

This program is only open to active members of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), a student business organization. Please visit PBL's website to learn more.

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Program Staff

Hillary Koller

Walk-In Advising Hours: By Appointment Only

Hello! I’m Hillary, the Internship Manager for Pitt Business International Programs. I originally hail from New Jersey, but became a member of the Pitt community as an undergraduate student in 2002 and I have been here pretty much ever since. During my time at Pitt I’ve had the opportunity to accompany students abroad, and I’m excited to work with you to make your international internship experience a valuable one! When I’m not in the office, you can find me spending time in the great outdoors, reading, cooking, and taking a yoga or ballet class. Get in touch with me at hkoller@pitt.edu or 412-648-0276.