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Getting Comfortable in Chile

On the ten-hour flight to Santiago, Chile, I flipped through my Spanish 30 notebook in a last-minute endeavor to review as much Spanish as possible. Up until that moment, I had never traveled internationally by myself, never been to South America, and never embarked on a journey in which I had honestly no idea what to expect. Read more about Getting Comfortable in Chile

Trading Seasons, Part 2

Though Santiago is home to roughly one-third of Chile’s population, there’s a lot more to the country than just its capital. Thankfully, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies program—which has brought me to Chile—has also allowed us to experience the cultural and natural beauty of other parts of the country, in addition to those offered by Santiago. Read more about Trading Seasons, Part 2

An Intern's Journey: Fighting for Choice in Chile

I am now more than halfway through my internship researching abortion at el Instituto de Investigación en Ciencias Sociales at la Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile. I have been working with Lidia Casas, an expert on abortion at the university's law faculty, and also with Alejandra Ramm, a professor and sociologist at the Observatorio de Desigualdades. They have been amazing mentors – recommending books and guiding my research so that we can build the case for the legalization of las tres causales, which would allow abortion in cases of risk to the health or

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Reconnecting with Chile

I would just like to take a moment to thank DRCLAS for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime. After moving to the United States from Chile at age 6, my undocumented status made me believe that I would never see Chile again.

DRCLAS gave me the tremendous opportunity of reconnecting with my native country in the most beautiful way. After some investigation, I discovered the DRCLAS-U. Mayor Experiential Learning Program: Healthcare in Rural Settings, and I have never been more grateful. Not only did this program give me the chance to return to my native country

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My path as an ambassador for the arts

One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star”, said Friedrich Nietzsche and while chaos is a bit extreme and I wouldn’t exactly call myself a dancing star, this quote captures the uncertainty and self-discovery that has enriched my college career thus far and my latest stop on this journey: a member of a professional ballet/contemporary dance company. Read more about My path as an ambassador for the arts

From Study Abroad Program Participant to Fulbright Scholar in Chile

In fall 2009, Harvard undergraduate Richard Coffin participated in the DRCLAS Study Abroad Program in Chile. Five years later, now as a Harvard alumnus, he returned to Santiago as a Fulbright Scholar. From March until November 2014, Coffin is part of a selective group of professionals conducting research in Chile through the prestigious Fulbright Program. His research project focuses on

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Sociological Research in Chile

As an intern at the Institute for Social Science Research (which, I quickly learned, was affectionately called ICSO for short), my main task was to create a comprehensive report on the economic elite’s attitudes towards one of Chile’s most marginalized indigenous groups, the Mapuche. Read more about Sociological Research in Chile