Chile Service-Learning Experience

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

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

Team: 10-12 Students, Interdisciplinary 

Travel bursaries of up to $1000 are available to UofM students!

Program Description

This summer, 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 to the Chilean Patagonia to work in the project, Encounters of Intercultural Health: a series of workshops and seminars where local Indigenous youth and 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.

During this 6-week program and under the joint guidance of UM Community Service Learning and the Wekimün Foundation, students will travel to different communities across the archipelago of Chiloé to assist with the promotion, implementation and logistical coordination of Encounters of Intercultural Health.

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. Accordingly, Encounters of Intercultural Health is as much about healthcare as it is about environmental and economic sustainability, human and environmental rights and social justice.

Through this experience students will 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.  

Training & Debrief
3 hours per week from March 12 - 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.

Photo Gallery:

Video: Timelapse of Chiloé

Spanish language proficiency is not required. 

How to Apply
Apply today on UMCommunityLink!
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Application Deadline EXTENDED to MARCH 9, 2018

Please email if you require a paper application.

Contact Information

Updated March 9, 2018