Chile: Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Community Development


Intercultural school in Chol-Chol, Temuco

Students live for seven weeks with a Chilean host family located in the city of Valparaíso or Viña del Mar. Host families are generally middle class and many are single parent families (usually headed by a woman) living in safe but relatively modest homes.

Students also spend almost two weeks living with a Mapuche indigenous family in the southern region of the country (near Temuco). This rural homestay allows students to compare and contrast their experience in Valparaíso, and gain familiarity with the Mapuche way of life. During the homestay, students participate in a number of activities with their families and explore concepts of indigenous self-determination, healthcare, political participation, and family life.

By living with host families, students gain important insights into Chilean social relations, improve their language skills, and experience daily life in Chile.

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

Costs Dates

Credits: 16

Duration: 15 weeks

Program Base: Valparaiso

Language Study: Spanish

Prerequisites: 3 semesters Spanish

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Fall 2012 Evaluations (PDF)

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