Brazil Trek

Within the GBSN Global Treks Program, our Brazil Trek is designed to introduce participants to a comprehensive social, cultural, political, and economic view of one of the world’s most important emerging markets. Despite having made major strides to lift millions out of poverty, the inequality gap remains vast in one of the world’s largest democracies. This setting is ripe for a rich learning experience coupled with the creative spirit that only Brazil can offer.

The 7-day Trek will span 3 cities-Manaus, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro. Participants will undergo site visits to some of Brazil’s leading companies across multiple industries including agriculture, oil & gas, technology, media, and finance, while also visiting businesses with a specific focus on sustainability.

Visit the Amazon & Rio’s Favela

Environmental sustainability is particularly relevant in Brazil with concerns over the future of the Amazon rainforest. Participants will start the trek in Manaus . Manaus is the Amazon’s largest city, an urban metropolis in the middle of the jungle. Participants will also be exposed to social development initiatives through a visit to one of Rio’s favela––these are unique low- and middle-income unregulated neighborhoods in Brazil. No visit will be complete without experiencing the festive spirit of Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches, and the iconic sights of Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain.

  • Expand Global Network

    Tap into GBSN network of business school participants

  • Contextual Learning

    First hand learning of Brazil’s Cultural, Social, Economic, and Political drivers

  • Industry

    Exposure to a wide range of industries: Technology, Finance, Petroleum

  • Climate Sustainability

    Learn about industry efforts to preserve the Amazon

  • Iconic Sites

    Visit some of Brazil’s most famous attractions: Christ The Reedemer, Sugarloaf Mountains, Copacabana & Ipanema beaches, etc.


Duration: 7 days
Dates: June, 2020
Location: Manaus, São Paulo, & Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Available slots: 15

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Brazil Trek Facilitator

The Brazil Trek will be led by native Brazilian, Oto Alvares. Oto has led numerous Treks to Brazil with management studies cohorts. Oto currently serves as Regional Director – South America for Executive Education at the SC Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.

Oto has earned the Certificate of Professional Development by The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania; Master in Business Administration with emphasis in corporate finance by the University of Central Oklahoma – UCO; Postgraduate in Accounting by Getulio Vargas Foundation; and Bachelor in Business Administration by the University of Brasília. Oto has participated in courses of Executive Education with emphasis in leadership, strategy, innovation and management at The Wharton School, Stanford University, University of California Berkeley, DUKE Corporate Education, INSEAD – France and Singapore, London School of Economics, McGill University, Steinbeis. In Brazil, he has concluded the Leaders Formation Program for Industry System by Dom Cabral Foundation, the Leadership Training and Executive Coaching by Dale Carnegie, and the Senior APG by Amana-Key.

Among his long list of professional accomplishments, Oto runs his own business – M&M Corporate Training (since 2009), and held the position of financial professor at the University of Brasília – UnB. Oto worked in sports during the ’80s and ’90s as an executive coach and athlete. He participated as a water polo coach at the University Games in Sicily, Italy, in 1997 and the University Games in Fukuoka, Japan, in 1995. Oto was the water polo champion of the Brazilian University Games in 1995 – Fortaleza, second place in 1996 – Belo Horizonte, and placed third in 1997 – Sao Paulo.

Oto is passionate about his home country and comes with a wealth of knowledge to expertly facilitate an enriching Trek.

Program Outline

Morning: Cultural visits: Downtown Manaus; Industrial Park; Amazon/Solimoes rivers; Amazon rainforest; Indigenous tribe; Social project

Evening: Welcome Dinner

Morning: Government OR Non-for-profit organization: Brazil – amazon rainforest, politics, and sustainability

Group Lunch included.

Afternoon: Domestic transit from Manaus to Sao Paulo

Morning: Brazilian technology based

Group lunch included

Afternoon: Brazilian sustainability focused industry

Evening: Free time

Morning: Brazilian financial institution

Group lunch included

Afternoon: Domestic transit from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro

Morning: State-Owned OR Non-for-profit organization: Brazil II – economy, innovation, competitiveness

Group lunch included

Afternoon: visit to one of Brazil’s largest companies

Evening: free time

Morning: Brazilian OIL & GAS industry OR Brazilian media and entertainment

Group lunch included

Afternoon: Visit to a Social project in the “Favelas” OR “Samba Group”

Evening: Closing Dinner at Lapa


Cultural visits 

  • Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches
  • Christ the Redeemer
  • Sugar Loaf
  • Downtown Rio

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