Strengthening Community-Based Business Models; Quelonios del Caribe

Project Overview

Eligibility Criteria

Open to all UBC graduate students and upper year undergraduates interested in working on an organizational challenge form a trans-disciplinary approach.

Project Description

Students will research and brainstorm ways to address specific organizational challenges of ORICE’s community partner organization, Quelonios del Caribe. Quelonios del Caribe is a non-profit conservation organization based in Costa Rica.  Students will work alongside Quelonios del Caribe, on developing a business model to generate needed maintenance funds. This project will require students to work with peers, faculty/community partners and staff provide possible solutions, tools and/or approaches to meet Quelonios del Caribe’s needs.

Project Dates

Date Activity
September 24th, 2017 Program applications accepted until full OR until 11:59pm on Sunday, September 24th, 2017
October – November 2017 Research, brainstorm, and develop a potential business model for Quelonios del Caribe
Late November 2017 Finalize proposed business model and wrap up work with Quelonios


All work will take place on Vancouver campus. Students will work with ORICE and Quelonios staff (via email / skype) to craft a draft business model for Quelonios del Caribe.

The estimated time commitment for this program is 5 hours per week from October-November, 2017. The breakdown of this time commitment is as follows:

  1. Participation in a 2 hour weekly meeting (scheduled around students’ course work)
  2. 1-3 hours of independent research/work per week outside of scheduled meetings

How to Apply:

To apply please send your resume and a 200-500 word blurb explaining why you would like to be part of this project to