Chile: Comparative Education and Social Change


“…the family I lived with shared their lives, their house, their family and their opinions about everything from music to politics to food production in Chile. I couldn't have asked for a better family, and I'm grateful to my program for finding me a family that I learned so much from.”

—Program alum

Homestay in Chapod

The program’s three different homestays give students the chance to experience daily life in Chile and Argentina and to develop an in-depth understanding of, and appreciation for, different cultures. The program includes two homestays in Chile (Santiago and Temuco) and one in Argentina. By living with different host families, students are exposed to multiple perspectives on the relationship between educational policies and society.

Santiago homestay
During the first five weeks of the program, students live with host families in Santiago where they experience urban Chilean culture. Students practice their Spanish language skills and learn about their family's experiences with education and social change in Chile’s capital city.

Temuco homestay
Students live for one week with an indigenous Mapuche family in the community of Chapod, Temuco, a village in southern Chile. Students experience the living conditions of a rural, indigenous community and learn about the ancient traditions of Mapuche education. Visits to a Mapuche school and conversations with community leaders and teachers provide students with insight into the challenges of bilingual intercultural education.

Buenos Aires homestay
During their two-week excursion to Argentina, students live with host families who reside and work in the cosmopolitan downtown area of Buenos Aires known as Capital Federal. While in Argentina's capital, students broaden their perspectives on South American education by interacting with their hosts, who include professionals, academics, and university students.

Other accommodations during the program include hostels, private homes, or small hotels.

Costs Dates

Credits: 16

Duration: 15 weeks

Program Base: Santiago

Language Study: Spanish

Prerequisites: Coursework in education, Latin American studies, or development studies; 3 semesters college-level Spanish. Read more...


View Student Evaluations for this program:

About the Evaluations (PDF)

Fall 2013 Evaluations (PDF)
Spring 2013 Evaluations (PDF)
Fall 2012 Evaluations (PDF)

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