Escrito el 12 septiembre 2008 por Alumni en Functional Area

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Global Village was organized by the IE Net Impact Chapter, but it was the impressive dedication and resourcefulness of all involved (table coordinators, table workers, ticket sellers, student office, and the IE maintenance and planning departments) who went out of their way


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to make this event the resounding success that it was. THANK YOU to everyone who helped prior, during and after the event! 

As in the past, Global Village’s mission is two-fold: to celebrate the international diversity of IE and to raise money to benefit an NGO. I am

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thrilled to announce a resounding success in both areas.

The event raised over 2.500 Euros (!!) for the global non-profit Ayuda en Acción (Action Aid) .

We were excited to have them present at the event to highlight their programs and impact around the world. Ayuda en Acción will be using the funds for the following program:

«Awareness Programme and Cooperation Policy on HIV / AIDS: Putting a face to the pandemic in Latin Americas«

Joining efforts for the integration of HIV / AIDS into development plans of both national and international agencies is one of our goals. As it is supporting civil associations and networks of people living with HIV / AIDS, community organizations and women’s, youth groups to strengthen their prevention efforts, care and treatment to these people and their environment.

This requires an awareness-raising and political impact that SAA done with actions such as photographic exhibition in Positive Lives, which this year for the first time will feature photos that show the magnitude of the pandemic in Latin Americas. This chapter in Latin American Positive Lives will be opened at the International Conference on AIDS to be held in Mexico from 3 to August 8 and assisting governments and organizations from all over the world, and then used for community workshops.


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The preparations for the event started bright and early thanks to the IE Maintenance Department . This year the event was moved to the Serrano 99 terrace which gave the students the ability to work on their tables during their breaks – creating excitement as the rest of the students saw the tables become increasingly colorful hour by hour.


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At 3pm the event kicked into full swing as students filed out of the classrooms straight into the event. Over 300 people attended this year’s event!! We saw faculty, administration, students and partners from IMBA, MBA, the Executive MBA, and Masters in Management.


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The regions and countries represented were: 

Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Taiwan, United Kingdom, USA, Venezuela and a mutli-country table of Egypt, Palestine and Lebanon.

We also had the tIEnda store selling IE items and

Silvana Ojeda (Partner to Martin Moscadi, IMBA ’08) selling handmade crafts , both giving a percentage of their proceeds as a donation to the event.

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As for the social success of the event, we were fortunate to have two successful events. Due to the threat of inclement weather, Global Village was moved from June 10th to the June 19th.  

Highlights included demonstrations in Capoeira, Tango, Salsa and even some Texas line dancing. Traditional costumes abounded with Yukatas at the Japanese table, Cowboy hats at the US table, Kurta-pyjamas and a plethora of football (also known as soccer) jerseys!

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Among the seemingly endless food and beverage selection, people feasted on homemade Peruvian delights, paella, hot dogs, Vegetable Pakoras, homemade polish cookies and bonbonbums then washed it down with Sol beer, Pisco sours, caipirinhas, aguardiente, sangria and Pimms (you are going to have ask the Brits for that recipe!). And that list is just a portion of what was available!


Music poured out from almost every table promoting impromptu dancing. Event goers were also able to enjoy a relaxing smoke at the hooka, be entertained by the «Diablo Cojuelo» (character from Dominican Republic Carnival), and get a henna tattoo at the India Table.


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But like all good things, this too had to come to an end. And in true IE spirit, the fun continued even during the clean up – music still pouring from the tables and chatter filling the air as the cleanup crew and impromptu volunteers slowly but surely put the Serrano 99 terrace back in order. Wrapping up another installation of the most diverse and inclusive student run event of the year!

Thank you, again, to EVERYONE… for coordinating, for cooking, for cleaning, and most of all, for attending!


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