The Latest from Chile

Aug 23 7:07pm
Santiago

Villa Grimaldi: Learning More Every Day

Post by Maggie Peyton

My program’s focus in Politics and Social Justice shines a specific light on human rights and the various violations of them. My favorite class that I’m taking at our IES Abroad Center here in Santiago is called “Human Rights in Latin America,” and focuses on the history of these events. One of our field trips for this class was to Villa Grimaldi, which was a torture site during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

Aug 20 4:40pm
Santiago

From Chicago to Santiago

Post by Maggie Peyton

I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and moved to Chicago, Illinois when I started high school—six years ago now. This is the second time I have moved in my life and is just a bit further, by a little over 4,600 miles. I am super excited, but the buildup was not without its stressors; figuring out which program is right for you, filling out and turning in all of the forms, not knowing who you’re going to be with on your trip, and everything in between.

May 4 5:14pm
Santiago

A Final Thought

Post by Sammie Stagg

Some of the best things come out of us when we’re unceremoniously dumped somewhere and forced to rise to the challenge.

Apr 4 12:19am
Santiago

Reflections From Down Here on the Floor

Post by Sammie Stagg

A friend I made in Chile shared with me this quote he read once that stuck with him. We’d been discussing the social/political climate in Chile, which led us to talk about the misguidedness and, at times, impossibility of comparing suffering. And he said, “Suffering is like a gas--it fills the space it’s in.” 

Mar 18 11:15am
Santiago

For the Love of Mountains & Other Things You Can't Explain

Post by Sammie Stagg

I come from a pretty flat state, so mountains are new to me. And my inclination whenever I encounter a new thing is to seek to understand what I’m looking at and how I feel, but mountains make that impossible.