This year, the Chilean Study tour was comprised of thirty-one students and two professors – our largest class ever! We visited Chile from March 1 to March 10, 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 a cultural immersion component. We arrived in Santiago early Saturday morning and were 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 arrival. The staff at the Four Points welcomed us graciously, as usual. After dropping off their luggage, most students rushed off to get a quick bite to eat at Dominos (hotdogs, not pizza). They managed to eat just in time for a bike tour of Santiago that they had pre-arranged. Those that were not on the bike tour, leisurely walked the area getting acclimated to Santiago. A few went to Los Dominicos (an artisan village) to begin shopping and still others relaxed by the pool. That night, we met for our annual alumni reception. We were lucky to be joined by Dean Karyl Leggio who met our Chilean alumni. As always, we love beginning the tour by meeting our Chilean friends. There was singing (karaoke), a special song and even a bagpipe accompaniment!!
Our students at the Alumni Reception
Dean Karyl Leggio (left) enjoying the reception
We also enjoyed our cultural immersion day on Sunday. Some students went on a hiking trip to a glacier in the Andes while others went to Isla Negra and Pomaire.
The Glacier Hike
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 Pepsico, General Motors, Telefonica and Johnson & Johnson.
Johnson & Johnson
Students enrolled in GB 779 (International Ethics) enjoyed a Human Rights tour (we even saw the changing of the guard at La Moneda), Hogar de Cristo and visited ACHS.
La Moneda – The Human Rights Tour
Hogar de Cristo
Together, the classes spoke with executives from Codelco and Ignisterra. Although it would be hard to pick a favorite visit, our visit to Undurraga combined the academic with cultural immersion. Not only did we have a great presentation from the Director of Marketing, we toured the vineyard and ended the day with a barbeque lunch!
Lunch at Undurraga
It was a busy week for cultural immersion too. Students explored Santiago looking for their favorite restaurant. On Tuesday night, many of the students went to a dinner show. Some took this opportunity to relax or to work on their final exam.
On Thursday, we left Santiago by private coach and made our way to Viña Del Mar, stopping for lunch at a winery, Casa del Bosque. We arrived at the beach at about 4pm and checked into our hotel, the Hotel Del Mar. At 7pm, we gathered on the terrace for a glass of wine and the most beautiful sunset we have ever seen!
Lunch at Casa del Bosque
Sunset group photo in Viña del Mar
Thursday night was time for cultural immersion. Some students went to the casino; others joined the class for a sushi dinner. Friday morning, we began the day with our last site visit, a visit to Ignisterra, a company that manufactures wood products made from sustainable lumber.
After the visit, it was time for a bit of sightseeing. Some chose to tour Valparaiso. Others went to the beach or relaxed by the pool. Some of us even stopped by the McDonald’s in Viña. This was a great time to finish up their final examination. And, who can beat working by the pool.
Studying by the pool
Friday night and Saturday we were on our own to explore Viña and to catch some final rays. Some even braved the cold Pacific Ocean! It was hard to say good bye when we left on Saturday.
The Beach in Viña
Dinner in Viña
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