Who can believe that this was our Twelfth Annual Study Tour? And what a great experience! This year’s class was comprised of twenty-nine 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. Most students used this an opportunity to get acclimated to Santiago – they went to San Cristobal and saw the great view of Santiago. 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 arranged for a walking tour of Santiago, some enjoyed the Andes and others toured Santiago on their own.
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, PepsiCo, Samsung and Johnson & Johnson.
Johnson & Johnson
Students enrolled in GB 779 (International Ethics) enjoyed a Human Rights tour, visited ACHS and had their own visit to Samsung.
Villa Grimaldi – The Human Rights Tour
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 Tuesday night, the class went to Doña Tiña – a typical Chilean restaurant.The entire night was arranged for us by one of our Chilean hosts Alejandro Rodriguez and his wife.
On Thursday, we left Santiago by private coach and made our way to Viña del Mar, stopping for lunch at the winery Indomita. We had a fantastic lunch and were lucky to get a tour of winery. We arrived at the beach at about 4pm and checked into our hotel, the Sheraton Miramar. 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 Indomita
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. Many students took this opportunity to tour Valparaiso. That night we returned to Valparaiso for a dinner (planned by our Chilean alumni) at Portofino.
We then returned to Viña for a relaxing evening. Saturday was a free day. Most of the students spent time at the beach, shopping for those last minute souvenirs or finishing up their final.
The Beach in Viña