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"I wanted to begin by thanking you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the Immersion experience. Two months later, I can still feel the heat of the smoldering sun on my back, and the tingling warmth of all the beautiful memories made. I'm all smiles thinking about it :) Not only did I get to know and work with some of the most amazing people, but I walked away feeling wholesome and fulfilled, a feeling that I was in desperate search for. The whole experience was so profound and enriching at so many levels. I truly admire all that you have accomplished. It really is an inspiration for me and the many others who want to help change the world for the better, but just don't know how to. One step at a time is what I tell myself now. Kudos to you for all your great work! Thank you once again for the lovely 6 weeks."
Shruti Aurora, Former Fashion Retail Merchandising Specialist, Canada
"So I thank you so much for making all this happen!! I really appreciate!! For me, Sri Lanka was the best that could happen to me!!
If you want to quote me, maybe like this:
'After quitting my job and a long search for doing something different, the trip to Sri Lanka and helping at social startups was the best that could happen to me! I got so much inspiration and motivation that I'm keen to set up my own social startup soon!'."
Johannes Mohr, Packaging & Design Specialist and now Co-Founder of Karma Foods, Germany
"I had a great experience with my clients and feel the partnerships with the British Council and The Good Market can offer a lot. I learnt technical and softer skills from both clients and fellow consultants and came away from the programme with a clearer vision of my future career."
Sunil Makwana, Banking Professional, UK
"I walked away from the training in Rio da Janeiro with my head overflowing with new ideas and inspiration. Don’t worry if you’re not confident and knowledgable in business/finance/social enterprise – I can guarantee that you’ll walk out feeling like a pro. Social Starters have tapped into an emerging business world, and it’s exciting to learn about the incredibly innovative ways people are doing business AND doing good at the same time."
Leah Jane Musch, Fashion & Handicrafts Entrepreneur / Food and Well Being Specialist, Australia
"I've attended dozens of training courses and workshops in my time, and I have to say that the format, style and quality of the training has been exceptional. I've learnt more than I ever could have imagined on topics such as social enterprise, lean start-ups and the local market. It's been a fully rounded and immersive experience."
Paul Goff, Former Supply Chain Consultant, Deloitte, UK
"When I came to Hyderabad I knew that I would be learning a lot from the _SocialStartersteam, Andrea, Anna and Ryan. Between them these guys have an incredibly vast range of experience, wealth of knowledge and a unique, truly effective delivery style! What I hadn't anticipated at all, however, is just how much I would also learn from my fellow consultants. We have the most incredible range of talent within the room, covering almost every topic you can imagine, from developers to entrepreneurs. It's been incredible getting to know each persons background and I can tell that I will be lucky enough to gain something insightful from each one of them."
Emma Wilson, Former Brand Controller, L'Oreal, UK
"The most exciting thing for me in Rio wasn’t just what an incredible variety of people and knowledge we had there in the room, it was how quickly we all began to discover new parts of ourselves and bring out different talents in each other. As I start working with my client now I feel reassured not only that I have access to a broad range of expertise from the other consultants, but also that I have a strong network of support - not to mention a lot of new friends!"
Louise Thomson, Former International Corporate Investigator, UK now On Purpose associate.
More feedback from our alumni community...
"This was a very intense, mind-blowing and productive six weeks with like-minded people who are not only passionate about social enterprise and career change, but who have also enriched my life in so many other ways and personal experiences."
_SocialStarters Graduate, Auroville, August 2015
"My experience with _Social Starters was great. I connected with like-minded people and got the confidence to start my own projects back home."
_SocialStarters Graduate, Brazil, June 2015.
"A practical approach that allows you to apply newly acquired start-up thinking to local social enterprises in Rio's communidades. You will work with fascinating, visionary entrepreneurs to help them shape their business and make a real impact on the local Rio community."
_SocialStarters Graduate, Brazil, June 2015