Because of overwhelming student interest, the 2008 Chilean Study tour was actually two tours. Twenty-six students and two professors visited Chile from January 4th to January 14th. We spent five nights in Santiago, the capital city, and two nights in Concon.
As always, the tour combined classroom academic study with an experiential learning component. We arrived in Santiago early Saturday morning. After dropping their luggage off at the Four Points Sheraton, students spent their free Saturday doing a variety of things. Some hurried to San Cristobal to get a birds-eye view of the city. Some found places to shop and other relaxed by the pool, after enjoying empanadas. Students similarly enjoyed a free cultural immersion day on Sunday. Some went hiking to a glacier in the Andes; some went to the Museum of Precolumbian Art; others went shopping (Santa Lucia was a favorite spot); some toured Santiago. That night, Dean Dahringer hosted a reception for us at the Hotel San Francisco. This allowed us an opportunity to meet Loyola alums who had graduated from a joint MBA program between Loyola and Universidad Alberto Hurtado.
The Virgin from the top of San Cristobal
Students on Suecia
General Motors plant
The next day, we began our 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 an opportunity to have a dialogue with senior Chilean business executives. During the course of the week, students enrolled in GB 748 (International Marketing) visited GM, UPS, and Johnson & Johnson.
Students enrolled in GB 779 (International Ethics) enjoyed a Human Rights tour and visited ACHS.
Human Rights tour
Visit to ACHS
Combined, the classes visited Hogar de Cristo, BHP, and Concha y Toro.
Hogar de Cristo
Concha y Toro
Wednesday night was our last night in Santiago, and a night for cultural immersion. We all gathered at Los Adobes for dinner and a Chilean dance show. Our students were able to get into the act.
Thursday ended our week in Santiago, but not our time in Chile. We left Santiago by private coach and made our way to Concon, stopping for lunch at a winery, Indomita. We arrived at the beach at about 4 PM; in time to check in to the hotel and enjoy the coast or the terrace overlooking the ocean.
Lunch at a winery, Indomita
The Coast of Concon
Terrace overlooking the ocean
The next day we were taken by private coach to Valparaiso, a port city. We toured the port, stopped at Viña del Mar for a bit of shopping and then returned to Concon for lunch at a local restaurant. That afternoon, students went to the beach or used the time to finish the site visit reports or to study for the final! That night, a private coach returned us to Viña to allow students to visit the Casino or tour Viña.
Concon local restaurant
Pictures of Valparaiso
The hills in Valparasio are a bit steep
Students on the deck
What do students have to say about the 2007 Chilean Study tour? See the testimonials from the class.