Colchagua - CIEE Santiago Study Tour
About the Destination
Colchagua is the most important Chilean region for the production of wine, which is a key component of Chile’s economy. We will visit a boutique winery and while traveling from the town in the valley called El Huique to the beach town of Pichilemu, we’ll experience Chile’s geographical richness. At El Huique, we will connect with the history of Colonial Chile and its characteristic sociological phenomena which give shape to Chilean society nowadays. At Pichilemu, we will also see why this beach town is internationally recognized as an important surf center.
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HORT STOP AT RAPEL DAM
On the way to Pichilemu, the bus makes a short stop by the Rapel Dam, an important source of energy for the country. The guide will explain how the dam works and the advantages and disadvantages of using dams to obtain energy in Chile.
VISIT RURAL CHILD MUSEUM AND CIRUELO RURAL SCHOOL
Students will do a guided tour of the rural child museum and then they will have the opportunity to share with students from the local rural school. Here, as in most rural schools, there is only one teacher;students will be able to meet the lead teacher and learn about the challenges as well as the accomplishments of a school that struggles to educate children from different ages and coming mostly from difficult economic backgrounds.
VISIT TO CLAY ARTISAN MRS. MARIA
Mrs. María will introduce students to the art produced with clay. Students will learn how she creates her art, where she learned it and how she has been able to continue producing it.
VISIT TO CAHUIL SALT COASTLINE
Students will meet with a man that works harvesting the salt from the coastline and the uses for the extracted salt.
BEGINNERS SURF LESSON WITH CERTIFIED SURF SCHOOL
(all equipment necessary for this activity is included)
Students will take a very basic training on how to surf and will be given the opportunity to practice what they learn in a safe area and supervised by professional staff.
VISIT TO EL HUIQUE MUSEUM
Students will do a guided tour of El Huique museum, where they’ll learn how Chilean society took shape to be what it is today. They will have the opportunity to learn how the first aristocrats lived and social stratification began during the colonial times even in the countryside.
VISIT TO LAURA HARTWIG WINERY
A guided visit to the boutique winery Laura Hartwig. An opportunity to learn about the wine industry in the region and have a taste of the wines produced in this specific vineyard. We will learn the history of the winery and about the wines they produce, how they are made and how and where they are sold.
VISIT TO COLCHAGUA MUSEUM
Students are given time to explore this museum on their own. Going through the different rooms and halls of the museum will take them through world history and how it shaped Chile’s history in many ways. Students will learn about the role Chile took during international conflicts.
VISIT TO PUNTA DE LOBOS
Punta de Lobos is the surfers’ favorite location for championships or simply practice. We will take a guided tour of the place and free time will be given to explore on your own too.
VISIT TO BUCALEMU BEACH AND LUNCH AT LOCAL RESTAURANT
A visit to the small beach town of Bucalemu allows you to contrast the quiet life of this beach with the touristic and crowded coast of Pichilemu.
VISIT TO TRADITIONAL ARTISANS’ MUSEUM
Student visit the museum and learn about the work of traditional artisans of the region and how they portray Chile´s countryside communities and their costumes.
Free Time Suggestions
Molinos de agua de Pañul
This windmill was built in 1952 by a man who had no knowledge of reading or calculation. Today his children and grandchildren await your visit to taste their quinoa flour and ground wheat in this old water mill which uses the Rodeillo process. You can even take part in the production process.
La casa de las Empanadas
Great and unique place for traditional deep-fried empanadas made of local seafood as well as cheese and other classic options with beef and onions. This is said to be the best place in the region to try seafood empanadas.
Viña Santa Cruz
The ancient culture of enology stays present in the Colchagua Valley and we offer an unforgettable experience to learn its precious secrets sip by sip in our unique tastings. We are open every day of the year. Visit us and have an unforgettable experience.
WHAT ARE THE STUDY TOUR LEARNING OBJECTIVES?
The intercultural learning objectives of the study tour curriculum—delivered in two parts, pre- and post-tour—are to promote cultural self-awareness, cultural literacy, and the ability to bridge cultural gaps. Through activities and exercises, students are encouraged to consider issues of culture, identity, values, beliefs and assumptions. Ultimately, students develop competencies to experience new and unfamiliar experiences without relying on stereotypes and heuristics.
Each study tour should achieve learning objectives in each academic track whereby students can:
ARTICULATE some of their own values and beliefs, and explain how these values and beliefs, as well as their experiences, have shaped their own views surrounding politics and international
relations in general.
RECOGNIZE diversity and difference within the local cultural context, and be able to compare and contrast this with the diversity that exists in other contexts with which they may be familiar.
IDENTIFY at least two ways in which practices surrounding media in the host environment are culturally-influenced and/or ways that media practices in the host environment impacts culture.
EVALUATE at least two ways in which social and cultural factors in the host environment have influenced values, beliefs, assumptions, or practices surrounding local healthcare.
DECONSTRUCT their own assumptions and values and analyze how these shape their views on international business. In addition to achieving learning objectives in the academic tracks a study tour presents opportunities to support students understanding the cultural beings of Self and Other. These include developing abilities to self-reflect and become more self-aware, increase their understanding of the salient values in their previous and current environment, and develop their capacity for the awareness of others in their previous and current cultural context.
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