This year, the Chilean Study tour was comprised of twenty-eight students and two professors. We visited Chile from March 4 to March 13, 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. After dropping off their luggage, students spent their free Saturday getting acclimated to Santiago. One group visited San Cristobal (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 where we met a group of our Chilean friends:
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 on a bike tour of Santiago. Another group went to one of the nearby ski resorts. It was summer so there was no skiing but the trip up the mountain was an adventure! That night, Dean Leggio hosted a reception for us at El Camino Real. The reception allowed us to meet our Chilean Loyola alumni who would be our hosts for the week. There was singing (karaoke) and dancing. And, the reception gave us an opportunity to honor Andre Sougarret – one of our alumni, who led the efforts on behalf of Chilean President Piñera to rescue the Chilean miners:
Andre Sougarret receiving a plaque on behalf of Father Linnane
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 Stanley Black & Decker and Johnson & Johnson:
Stanley Black & Decker
Johnson & Johnson
Students enrolled in GB 779 (International Ethics) enjoyed a Human Rights tour and visited ACHS:
Villa Grimaldi – The Human Rights Tour
Together, the classes visited Hogar de Cristo and spoke with executives from Codelco, Telefonica and Hela. Although it would be hard to pick a favorite visit, our visit to Undurragga combined the academic with cultural immersion:
Hogar de Cristo
Wednesday was our last night 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. It was so much fun:
Dancing with our Chilean alumni
On Thursday, 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 Hotel Del Mar. 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 Hela:
After the visit, it was time for a bit of sightseeing and lunch in Valparaiso:
Lunch at Hotel Brighton
We then returned to Viña for a relaxing afternoon. Most of the students spent time at the beach or shopped for those last minute souvenirs. Unfortunately, our time at the beach was cut short by tsunami warnings (due to the earthquake in Japan!). We boarded our private coach and returned to Santiago late Friday night. While we were all disappointed to be leaving Viña, when we returned to the Four Points Sheraton, we all felt like we were coming home. And, we all had one more day in Santiago!
The Beach in Viña
Enjoying our dinner at the gas station on the way back to Santiago!
Some unanticipated free time on our last day in Santiago
What do students have to say about the 2011 Chilean Study tour? See testimonials from the class.