This year, the Chilean Study tour was comprised of twenty-five students and two professors. We visited Chile from January 2 to January 11, spending five nights in Santiago, the capital city, and two nights in Viña del Mar (a beach side resort).
As always, the tour combined classroom academic study with an experiential learning component. We arrived in Santiago early Saturday morning and we taken by private coach to our home in Santiago - the Four Points Sheraton. We were lucky that we were able to check in to the hotel upon our arrival. After dropping off their luggage, students spent their free Saturday getting acclimated to Santiago. A group of us visited San Cristobel (some actually walked to the top). Others went shopping, and still others relaxed by the pool. That night, we met for a “welcome to Chile” dinner at a local restaurant with a fantastic view of the city. It was our introduction to the typical “two hour” Chilean dinner:
Hiking in the Andes
Lunch in Pomaire
We also enjoyed our cultural immersion day on Sunday. Some students went on a hiking trip to a glacier in the Andes. Another group took a day trip to a local artisan’s village, Pomaire, and then onto Isla Negra, the seaside home of Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda. One group toured all three of Neruda’s homes. That night, Dean Leggio hosted a reception for us at the Hotel San Francisco. The reception allowed us to meet our Chilean Loyola alumni who would be our hosts for the week. We were even able to celebrate a birthday of one of our students with our Chilean friends (singing Feliz Cumpleaños).
Monday was our first day for site visits. The site visits are the highlight of our academic experience in Chile - an opportunity to visit multinational corporations, Chilean businesses and U.S. companies doing business in Chile. The site visit allows students the opportunity to have a dialogue with senior Chilean business executives.
During the course of the week, students enrolled in GB 748 (International Marketing) visited General Motors, Johnson & Johnson and participated in a Retail Assignment.
Johnson & Johnson
Students enrolled in GB 779 (International Ethics) enjoyed a Human Rights tour, met with the Executive Director of SalmonChile and visited ACHS.
Villa Grimaldi-The Human Rights Tour
Combined, the classes visited Hogar de Cristo and spoke with executives from Codelco. Although it would be hard to pick a favorite visit, our visit to Concha y Toro, combined the academic with cultural immersion.
Hogar de Cristo
Concho y Toro
Thursday was our last day in Santiago, but we had to have a farewell before we left. Luckily, our Chilean alumni arranged for an evening of cultural dancing and dinner at Los Adobes de Agromeda. It was so much fun.
Dancing with our Chilean alumni
We left Santiago by private coach and made our way to Viña Del Mar, stopping for lunch at a winery, Indomita. We arrived at the beach at about 4pm and checked into our hotel, the Sheraton Miramar. At 7pm, we gathered on the terrace for a glass of wine, Chilean of course, and some snacks.
Lunch at Indomita
Viña del Mar
Thursday night, we were on our own to explore Viña. Some went to the casino, some found a great place to eat.
Friday morning, we began the day with our last site visit, a visit to the Port of Valparaiso. After an explanation of the importance and operation of the Port, we donned our hardhats and went exploring:
Dressed to tour the Port
After the visit, it was time for a bit of sightseeing and shopping in Valparaiso:
We then returned to Viña for a relaxing day. Most of the students spent time at the beach or shopped for those last minute souvenirs. We boarded our private coach for the airport late Saturday afternoon. The major complaint about the 2009 Chilean Study Tour - it was too short!
The Beach in Viña
Students brave the algae pool
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