Because of overwhelming student interest, the 2008 Chilean Study tour was actually two tours. Twenty-four students and two professors visited Chile from February 29 to March 9. We spent five nights in Santiago, the capital city, and two nights in Viña del Mar (a beach resort).
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 (Santa Lucia was a favorite spot) while others relaxed by the pool, after enjoying empanadas. Some went to the Museum of Precolumbian Art; others toured Santiago. Saturday night, we met for a “welcome to Chile” dinner at a local restaurant for our first experience with “two hour” Chilean dinners - and the view wasn’t bad either! Students similarly enjoyed a free 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 Isla Negra, the seaside home of the Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda. That night, Dean Dahringer hosted a reception for us at a local restaurant, Don Carlos. 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
Welcome to Chile!
A view from the hike
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 General Motors, Codelco, and Johnson & Johnson:
General Motors plant
Johnson & Johnson
Students enrolled in GB 779 (International Ethics) enjoyed a Human Rights tour, visited ACHS, and InfoCap:
Villa Grimaldi -The Human Rights Tour
Combined, the classes visited Hogar de Cristo, Santa Rita and spoke with executives from Cencosud:
Hogar de Cristo
Thursday ended our week in Santiago, but not our time in Chile. We left Santiago by private coach and made our way to Viña Del Mar, stopping for lunch at a winery, Indomita. After lunch, we were offered the opportunity to go an hour out of our way to see an island with Penguins on the Chilean coast. Even though we discovered a Chilean “hour” is more like two hours, it was a sight to behold:
Can you see the penguins?
Lunch at Vina Indomita
We arrived at the beach at about 7 PM and checked in to the hotel. We tried to gather on the terrace for a glass of wine, but we had a rare rainy day:
Our first night in Vina
Pictures of Valparaiso:
The hills in Valparasio are a bit steep
Our last day in Chile was a beautiful day. Most students spent some time at the beach or shopped for those last souvenirs. We ended our study tour with a farewell lunch at Cap Ducal. Most of us agreed - we want to go back!
Vina del Mar
Hotel del Mar
What do students have to say about the 2008 Chilean Study tour? See the testimonials from the class.