Summer Programs

Reconnecting with my “Home Away from Home”

By: Gabriela Muñoz, HSI Chile 2018 (Harvard '21)

On a blue skied day in May, I woke up from perhaps the worst sleep I’ve had in years. Within seconds of my eyes adjusting to the bright, white lights and uncurling myself from the uncomfortable position I had adopted while asleep, I remembered that I was on a plane, 5,000 miles away from home, and just minutes from touching down in Santiago, Chile, my new home for the summer. Well, I couldn’t say it was a new home exactly, given that my entire family,...

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A Counterclockwise Summer

By Lauren Spohn, SIP 2017 (Harvard College '20)

“Do the toilets really flush counterclockwise in the Southern Hemisphere?” That was the first question my mom asked me when she picked me up from the airport after my summer abroad in Buenos Aires. I smiled and offered a quick reply, “It’s not just the toilets that run counterclockwise in Argentina.”... Read more about A Counterclockwise Summer

A Breath of Fresh Air: My First Experience in Buenos Aires

By Isabel Bernhard, SIP 2017 (Harvard College ‘20)

This past summer of 2017, I participated in the David Rockefeller Center’s Student Internship Program (“SIP”) in Argentina. I am a rising sophomore intending to study Social Studies and hoped to link my high school focus in Spanish with my current interest in Political Science. I was excited about SIP because among its opportunities, it offered the chance to intern in the municipal government of Buenos Aires for eight weeks. ... Read more about A Breath of Fresh Air: My First Experience in Buenos Aires

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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