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
You know that feeling when you finish watching a movie at the theater – something freaky and different like Paranormal Activity or that one Justin Bieber biopic – and step back outside into the real world, wondering if that really just happened? … Read more about PSA: Why I’m Pro-Study Abroad
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
At some point during the 11-hour flight between Miami and Santiago, a realization finally struck me—I was travelling to the Southern Hemisphere. The half of the world I had never set foot in—a new continent in the throes of late autumn, preparing for winter. This was also to be my first time anywhere in Latin America. … Read more about Trading Seasons: Spending Summer Break in a Chile Winter
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 life of the… Read more about An Intern's Journey: Fighting for Choice in Chile
“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
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
“The best way to know a city is to get lost in it,” advised our guide in the city of Valparaiso. I had absolutely no intention of getting “lost” that weekend. With a terrible head cold and—at that particular moment—a temper to match, I passed an amazing, relatively tranquil, and distinctly perdido-free pair of days in Valparaiso.… Read more about The best way to know a city is to get lost in it
As hoped for, DRCLAS’ Summer Internship Program in Chile afforded me a fantastic opportunity to engage with work very relevant to my studies, fully explore a culture and landscape far removed from that of the U.S., and quickly advance my Spanish language skills, all in the context of a supportive and fun community of fellow students and DRCLAS staff.
Lima. Delicious food. People hustlin’ and bustlin’ 24/7. Criolla music. Immense cultural diversity. Host family. City life. Night Life. The Inca’s Machu Picchu. Endless exploring. Volunteer work. Independence. Adapting and assimilating. New friendships. New perspectives. New appreciations.