Chile J-Term 2009
The MIIS Chile JTerm is the brainchild of professor Jan Black and leaders at Global Majority. The first Chile JTerm was January 3-24 of 2009 and served as a needs assessment to explore possibilities for future MIIS Chile JTerm projects. In Chile the MIIS team worked with the Center for Human Rights at the Universidad Central of Santiago, Chile. Judge Juan Guzman served as a wise liaison to the indigenous group the Mapuche, as the JTerm group learned the history of present day Mapuche issues.
The Chile JTerm team works directly with indigenous people groups. Partnerships with local institutions (non profits, universities, governments etc.) are formed to assist project implementation. It is important to remember that as a team, the students, professors, and alumni from MIIS do not serve as project “implementors” but as partners, working with indigenous groups to promote advocacy and agency.
Click here for a look at the 2009 Chile J-Term report.
Please enjoy the following clips of the documentary produced by student participants in the 2009 Chile J-Term:
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Chile J-Term 2010
Drawing upon the successes of the 2009 J-Term trip, a delegation of students travelled to Chile in January of 2010 to conduct further needs assessments of the Mapuche community.
Click here for the biographies of the 2010 Chile J-Term participants.
Take a look at the experiences of past participants by reading a few selected blog postings available below:
On Our Way
January 3, 2010
The 2010 Chile J-Term students are almost on our way to Santiago! We will have updates as we start classes at the Center of Human Rights in Santiago.
Cheers and see you in Chile!
February 1, 2010
- Bottle Cap Decorations in the Streets of La Victoria
J-term students were allowed to visit Santiago’s neighboring community of La Victoria, which has developed from what was originally a shanty-town to a flowering community covered in murals and street art. Students visited Canal 3, a local television station dedicated to providing a public community television channel that provides an alternative voice to the conventional Chilean media, largely controlled and operated by the State. Canal 3 is dedicated to providing opportunities for adolescents to learn about TV production and program development, enabling them to develop their creativity and artistic expression.
- Jan Black and Ana Maria in La Victoria
Students were also able to meet Jan Black’s Chilean Mamá, Ana Maria, at her house in La Victoria. Jan and Ana Maria met during Jan’s time in Chile as a peace corps volunteer. Students were able to visit with Ana Maria and her family and hear about their experiences establishing the community of La Victoria 50 years ago.
February 2, 2010
Students were also able to visit Villa Grimaldi, a former place of transit for Desaparecidos and torture survivors. VIlla Grimaldi has been reclaimed by the community as a memorial “Park for Peace.” Visiting Villa Grimaldi was a somber yet educational experience, allowing students to imagine the level of fear inspired by the Chilean state during the dictatorship.