Farewell Sao Paulo, HELLO Rio!

Brazil Flag

We’re halfway through our global immersion visit to Brazil and have had an AMAZING first few days in the bustling business center of Sao Paulo.

For those who have never visited Sao Paulo, here are some fun facts about the city…

  • Contains 19 million people.
  • Is the 3rd largest city in the world.
  • Contains the 3rd most high-rise buildings.
  • Ranks 6th in the world in number of Billionaires.
  • Is the 10th wealthiest city in the world.
  • Contains the largest Japanese population (1 million Japanese) outside of Japan.

EXPERIENCING GLOBAL IMMERSION: BRAZIL

On Sunday morning we kicked off our Global Immersion program with a tour of the Mercado Municipal where we sampled exotic fruits and local sandwiches. Hundreds of local restaurants visit the Mercado daily for fresh ingredients.

The Mercado Food Market in Sao Paulo
The Mercado Municipal Food Market in Sao Paulo
Exploring the stands of exotic fruits at the Mercado
Exploring the stands of exotic fruits at the Mercado

Followed by a visit to the Museum of Football where we learned about the legends of Brazilian soccer.

Playing in a virtual soccer field
Playing in a virtual soccer field
Posing with the soccer balls of the past 9 world cups
Soccer balls of the past 9 world cups

Before settling back at the hotel, a number of us joined over one million Brazilians in a country-wide protest demanding the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff.

Joining the protests on the streets of Sao Paulo
Joining the protests on the streets of Sao Paulo
"Forza Dilma" which means "Dilma Out" protesting that President Dilma should be kicked out of office
“Forza Dilma” which means “Dilma Out” protesting that President Dilma should be kicked out of office

Monday afternoon the entire class met for a session with Strategy & PWC where we took a look back at the past 40 years of the Brazilian economy and a look ahead to Brazil’s role as a major exporter and growing economic power.

Strategy& PWC offices in Sao Paulo
Strategy& PWC offices in Sao Paulo

The next two days featured three more company visits including an amazing behind the scenes tour of Suzano Pulp and Paper company…

The entire class ready to take a tour of the Suzano Pulp and Paper factory
The entire class ready to take a tour of the Suzano Pulp and Paper factory
Touring the Suzano factory
Touring the Suzano factory
The factory runs day and night with 5 shifts of workers
The factory runs day and night with 5 shifts of workers
#MakinThatPaper
#MakinThatPaper

Participation in the drum banging and energizing morning sales ritual at Am Bev beer company…

And a discussion on economic trends in Brazil with one of the largest banks in the world, BNDES.

Along with the business lessons, of course a huge part of being in Brazil is experiencing the culture first hand through amazing dinners and nights out on the town.

The whole class out for some Sao Paulo style Italian!
The whole class out for some Sao Paulo style Italian!
Having fun at a Kareoke bar
Night out in Sao Paulo
Karaoke night!
Singing the night away

STILL TO COME…

We look forward to continuing our immersion experience over the next three days as we take on Rio de Janeiro! To follow along the journey be sure to check out #CBSChazenTravel #GIPBrazil #ChazenBreadBasket on social media.

Saúde!

Andrew Zalk, MBA ‘15

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