Chile Service-Learning Experience

Winter Solstice Ceremony at the Wekimün Foundation, Chiloé, Chile.

Community Placement
May 1 to June 12, 2018 (exact dates may vary) 

Team: 10-12 Students, Interdisciplinary
Training & Debrief
3 hours per week from March 5 - June 17, 2018 (exact times to be determined)
Program Fee: $4000 (all-inclusive)
Program fee includes round-trip airfare, food, accommodation, transportation, program activities, travel insurance, and comprehensive pre-departure training.

Note: Travel bursaries of up to $1000 are available for students who demonstrate financial need. 

Program Description

This spring, wake up to a cup of mate, a view of sea-bound forests and the song of the rising tide in the Island of Chiloé, Chile.

Travel with CSL to the Chilean Patagonia to support the project, Encounters of Intercultural Health: a series of workshops and seminars where Indigenous Williche youth and elder Williche practitioners of Indigenous Health will gather to learn from each other, exchange perspectives and find a sustainble future for Traditional Indigenous Health in their communities.

Health, for the Williche and many other Indigenous cultures, is not focused on the individual, but encompasses the system of relations in which all living beings participate; and so Encounters of Intercultural Health are as much about healthcare as they are about environmental and economic sustainability, human and environmental rights and social justice.

During this 6-week program, we will travel to remote island communities across the archipelago of Chiloé to assist the Wekimün Foundation with the promotion, implementation and logistical coordination of Encounters of Intercultural Health; we'll learn first-hand about Intercultural health and education (Indigenous and Western)  in South America; experience the mythical beauty of the Patagonia, and learn about the Williche and Chilote cultures.

Program themes: Indigenous and Intercultural health promotion and education, Global Indigenous Health, International Solidarity, Environmental Sustainability, Economic Sustainability in Rural Indigenous Communities, Island Studies, Education for Social Change, Justice Education, Spanish Language and Latin-American Studies.

To learn more about Wekimün, visit their website.

Video: Timelapse of Chiloé

Spanish language proficiency is not required. 

How to Apply
Apply today on UMCommunityLink!

Application Deadline: February 1, 2018

Please email if you require a paper application.

Contact Information

Updated September 6, 2017