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SIT Study Abroad Chile: Social Justice and Human Rights
Buenos Aires, Argentina; Santiago, Chile (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Fall
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Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
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Minimum GPA: 2.5 Fields of Studies: Anthropology, Communications, Education, History, International Studies
Language of Instruction: Spanish Experiential Learning: Internships, ITR Field Study, URI Affiliated Program
Class Standing: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior
Program Description:
Program Description:

Chile: Social Justice and Human Rights*
*This program has combined coursework from two previous programs in Chile and will be offered for fall 2020 only.

Explore Chile’s recent political and social history, delving into issues of human rights and social justice through the lens of indigenous land rights, education, and community empowerment.

Chile has undergone monumental political, economic, and social changes over the past four decades with a recent resurgence in the struggle for social and economic rights. From the program base in Valparaísowith an extended period in the capital city of Santiagoyou will explore how Chileans today are working for a more equitable and inclusive nation. The program will take an indepth look at education as a human right. You will have the opportunity to study a variety of education models including schools for underprivileged, bilingualand intercultural populations. You will also learn about indigenous and immigrant populations and their struggle for identity and recognition. You will have educational excursions to Temuco to learn from the Mapuche communities about their cosmovision, struggle for land rights, and educational models to better understand the longstanding challenges faced by Chile’s indigenous people.  Additionally, you will go on an educational excursion to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to do a brief comparative study of Argentina’s history and struggles for social justice and human rights.

Program Highlights

  • Explore how Chile’s political and economic history impact their current struggle for social justice and inclusion.
  • Study human rights through the lens of education, investigating different educational models in Chile and in Argentina.
  • Spend time in an indigenous community to experience diverse cultures and lifestyles.
  • Rapidly improve your Spanish through coursework, excursions, and homestays.
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

Independent Study & Internships

Conducted in Valparaíso, Santiago, or in another approved location appropriate to the project, the Independent Study Project (ISP) offers students the opportunity to conduct field research on a topic of their choice within the program’s thematic parameters. The project integrates learning from the various components of the program and culminates in a final presentation and formal research paper. 
Sample ISP topic areas:
  • Memory and political violence 
  • Identity issues and intercultural education in rural Mapuche schools 
  • Social movements  
  • Gender roles in schools 
  • Indigenous beliefs and culture 
  • Migration and ethnic minorities  
  • Gender and sexuality 
  • Youth culture, art, music, and cultural production 
  • Education and cultural identity through children’s arts 
  • Ethnicity in childcare in marginalized areas of Santiago and Buenos Aires 
  • Social activism with LGBTQi+ populations 
  • Popular education and social change 
The internship consists of a four-week period with a local community organization, research organization, or NGO. Students complete an internship and submit a paper in which they process their learning experience on the job, analyze an issue important to the organization, and/or design a socially responsible solution to a problem identified by the organization. International internships offer students an opportunity to combine an experience abroad, with all the benefits of intercultural and foreign language learning, with a pre-professional experience, acquiring 21st Century skills such as an ability to flourish in a diverse and multinational workplace. An internship advisor/mentor appropriate to the organization/institution is also selected. Mentors are usually host country research professionals. In conducting their internship, students use the concepts and skills of field-based learning. The internship will be conducted in Spanish.
Topics and placements may vary according to the availability of each institution, but examples of internships include:
  • Strengthening vulnerable populations through art, sports, and respect for diversity at School Laguna Verde, a primary school in rural Valparaíso 
  • Providing advocacy, education, and support for people living with HIV/AIDS at ACCIONGAY 
  • Supporting indigenous populations through methods based on Mapuche cultural practices at Guacolda, an intercultural high school in Chol 
  • Promoting labor inclusion of socially excluded men and women at Fundación Emplea 
  • Helping with human rights issues within local communities at the Municipality of Valparaíso’s Communal Office for Migrantes, Sexual Diversities, and Indigenous Peoples 
  • Aiding Espacio Santa Ana’s efforts toward community development through self-management, arts, education, and territory in the context of vulnerability 
  • Addressing sexual violence against women from a perspective of gender and human rights in the region of Valparaíso with CVS 
  • Supporting Organic Style’s ecological focus on products, art, and training services in the Valparaíso region 
  • Learning pedagogy, school administration, and the relationships between school and community at a?public school  
  • Providing intercultural bilingual education and promoting intercultural health at a private school in Chol or a public school in Chapod, both in Mapuche territory 
  • Supporting human rights and historical memory at Agrupación de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos

Key Topics of Study

  • Chilean history from colonization through Pinochet to the social protests of today.
  • Social justice and education initiatives for marginalized communities.
  • Challenges facing Chile’s indigenous peoples and access to education.
  • Chile’s neoliberal economic model and social inequities.

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