A cosmopolitan setting was the backdrop for this learning experience.
A series of lectures by university professors taught us about Chilean culture, current socio-political situations, literature and pop art!
Santiago was a beautiful city surrounded by the majestic Andes!
We even made a new Chilean friend: her name was Karina, the llama!
(We even exchanged e-mail addresses)
A lecture by an urban Mapuche professor introduced us to this fascinating culture!
(Mapuche: Native people of Chile)
We had the opportunity to visit the home that inspired the book Santiago’s Children (Hogar Domingo Savio)
First stop in Concepción, Chile: SOS Aldea
(An international progressive foster care system for kids of all ages)
We will always be united by our memories – the laughs, the tears, the adventures- but above all by our ‘Smiles for Chile’
Sharing time with the Mapuches was the opportunity of a lifetime and TAMIU made it possible for us!
Together we performed rituals of gratitude towards the spirits; we dined as brothers and sisters; we learned about Mapuche culture and their struggles, and we played a fun but very physically challenging game called Palín.
“Even now, I can close my eyes and still see the mountains… and the exotic sunrise.” –José Jacobo
Cheers! The educational journey continues as we visit a winery
(just outside Santiago)
“You added an unexpected chapter to the book of my life. A chapter I never even thought about adding. You made my book a little more interesting. Thank You.”- Uriel Domínguez