The Eleventh Annual Study Tour was a hit!!! What could be better than spring break in Chile? This year’s class was comprised of twenty-four students and two professors. We spent our first five nights in Santiago, the capital city, and our last 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 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, to our “home” in Santiago. After dropping off their luggage, most students rushed off to get a quick bite to eat before running off to experience Santiago. Some students had arranged for a bike tour of Santiago, others participated in a walking tour and still others spent the day 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 our Chilean alumni for the first time. We had our annual alumni reception at Zully Restaurant in an old section of Santiago. Here we had our first taste of empanadas and pisco sours, had a great dinner and even sang karaoke.
We also enjoyed our cultural immersion day on Sunday. Some students went on a hiking trip to a glacier in the Andes while others toured Santiago on their own. Nan, unfortunately, spent the day at Clinica Alamena and will be sporting a cast on her broken arm in the rest of the pictures!
Monday was our first day for site visits, and it was a busy one! As always, the site visits allow 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, Cencosud, Mosaico, Samsung and Johnson & Johnson.
Johnson & Johnson
Students enrolled in GB 779 (International Ethics) enjoyed a Human Rights tour, visited ACHS and Hogar de Cristo.
Villa Grimaldi – The Human Rights Tour
Hogar de Cristo
Together, the classes visited Codelco and Ignisterra. Although it would be hard to pick a favorite visit, our visit to Undurraga combined the academic with cultural immersion.
It was a busy week for cultural immersion too. On Monday night, some members of the class went to Mestizo for a fantastic dinner. The setting couldn’t be beat either. On Tuesday night, many of the students went to Los Adobes to see a Chilean dance show. We were even able to dance the cueca. Wednesday was our last night in Santiago; for many it was an early night.
Dancing the cueca
On Thursday, we left Santiago by private coach and made our way to Viña Del Mar, stopping for lunch at Casas 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, Chilean of course, and to watch the sun set over the Pacific ocean.
Lunch at Casas del Bosque
Viña del Mar
Thursday night, we were on our own to explore Viña. Some went to the casino; others found great places to eat.
Friday morning, we began the day with our last site visit, a visit to Ignisterra.
After the visit, it was time for a bit of sightseeing, an optional walking tour of Valparaiso and lunch at Café Turri.
Lunch at Café Turri
We then returned to Viña for a relaxing evening. Most of the students spent time at the beach or shopped for those last minute souvenirs. Saturday was a free day. Most students spent at least part of the day finishing up their final.
The Beach in Viña