Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Santiago, Chile
- Program Terms: Winter
- Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
Credit/Registration: Students will be registered for HSAD T380(3); HSAD T580 (3-4) Global Aging as part of their winter term course load. Undergraduate students must leave room for the credits in their fall credit load when registering for winter term or will be billed for credits exceeding the 20 credit maximum. Graduate students will be billed Drexel credits at their normal rate.
Instructor: Jesse Ballenger, Associate Teaching Professor, Health Administration, College of Nursing & Health Professions
Pre-Travel Online Learning Modules required for all participants. Date and time will be provided post-acceptance.
Arrival Date: December 10th (Depart US on Dec. 9th)
Departure Date: December 17th (Return US on Dec. 18th)
Students are responsible for independent travel before or after program dates.
November 2023: Hybrid Orientation that students can attend in-person or via zoom.
This meeting will orient students to the course blackboard shell and requirements of the ICA. We will also present crucial information from the Office of Global Engagement about the program, focusing on communications and practical contingency planning as well as information specific to the to travel to Chile. All pre-travel reading must be completed by this time.
General ICA Structure
Each day of the trip will feature an excursion to a location that will allow us to explore a different theme related to aging through site visits and discussions with Chileans involved in many aspects of work with older adults. Most of these excursions will take 3-5 hours. Following these excursions, there will be an hour or two of structured reflection and open group discussion, and some unstructured time for students to relax and experience the beauty and conviviality of Chile.
Sunday, December 10: Arrival Orientation & Welcome Dinner
Group Welcome Dinner: This first formal meeting of the ICA group will be a welcome orientation followed by a group dinner at or in close proximity to the hotel.
Monday, December 11: Student Perspectives on Aging in Chile and the United States
Excursion: San Sebastián University for a discussion between Drexel and Chilean students and faculty. on various aspects of aging and student life.
Tuesday, December 12: Community-Based Dementia Care
Excursion: Site visit and discussion with staff at the “Kintun” Community Center for people living with dementia, and Age-friendly walk audit in neighborhood around the Peñalolén Center.
Wednesday, December 13: University/Community Partnership in Aging
Excursion: The Gerópolis Interdisciplinary Center for Elderly Adult Development, University of Valparaíso. We will also do some sightseeing in the stunningly beautiful and historic coastal city of Valparaiso, including a visit to the museum house of the great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.
Thursday, December 14: Health Care
Excursion: Geriatric Unit and Hospice of the Hospital San Juan de Dios. This visit will involve a tour an observation of the unit and a discussion with members of the medical and nursing staff. We will also do some sightseeing in the area around the hospital in central Santiago, including Parque Quinta Normal and a visit to the Gabriela Mistral Museum of Education.
Friday, December 15: Aging, Memory, and Trauma
Excursion: Museum of Memory and Human Rights. Many older Chileans must deal with the legacy of traumatic experiences under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet from 1973-1990. The Museum of Memory and Human Rights is a commemoration of the victims of the human rights violations during the regime. We will go on a guided tour of the museum, and discuss the mental health impacts of this trauma on people entering older adulthood, and policies and services created to help them. We will also do some sightseeing of historic sites in central Santiago.
Saturday, December 16: Aging, Health, and the Environment
Excursion: Parque Metropolitano, Cerro San Cristóbal. The park is the perfect venue for a reflection on the intersection of aging, health, and the environment. This is the city’s largest green space. We will do walking tour of the park, observing how Santiago’s residents of all ages use the part for exercise and enjoying the outdoors. We will also take the funicular and teleférico (cable car), which carries people between different landscaped sections of the park and provides spectacular views of the city and the Andes mountain range just beyond.
Group Farewell Dinner
Sunday, December 17: Depart Santiago for the United States
Due May 1st - $500 Advance Payment + $25 Application Fee
Due July 1st - $550 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.
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US citizens do not need a visa for entry to Chile. Other nationalities should confirm visa requirements on the Chile embassy website.
A suggested itinerary will be provided. Students are responsible for booking their own airfare but should not book until after travel to Chile has been given final approval by Drexel's Essential Travel Review Committee.
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