GENERAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR THE 2012 CHILE J-TERM
- January 8th – Arrival in Santiago.
- 4-5 days of lecture in Santiago. This time will consist of both in-class lectures and site visits, where we will be learning about the fall of the Pinochet dictatorship and transitional justice in Chile and the cone of South America. This time will also afford us the opportunity to learn more about the background of the indigenous rights struggle as well as the basic legal issues we will need to understand. Classes will be instructed in both English and Spanish by Professor Jan Black, Professor Michael Buckeley of the Global Majority Board, The Honorable Judge Juan Guzmán Tapia, and other local guest speakers (including lawyers, activists, professors, and youth). We will also participate in a site visit to the La Victoria shantytown on the outskirts of Santiago, where Jan Black has spent a considerable amount of time.
- 8-10 days visit to Temuco and Mapuche communities in regions IX and X of Chile, also called the Arauncania region. We will likely visit Valdivia, Choque (lleu lleu), Huichahue, Mininco, and possibly Puerto Montt. In Temuco, we may also visit, hopefully, a highly revered community leader and her family who used to be a political prisoners of the state.
- 2-4 days debriefing. During this time we may plan to visit Valparaiso, a colorful colonial town on Chile’s coastline.
- January 24th – Depart from Santiago.
Recommended Travel Agency: Zentravels.
Local Chile-based airlines: Lan (www.lan.com) or Taca (www.taca.com) (Select Chile as your “Country of Origin” to receive the best fares on these sites.)
We will stay at the Providencia Bed & Breakfast during our time in Santiago: http://www.providenciabedandbreakfast.com/
During our site visits, we may arrange home stays or accommodation in local bed & breakfasts.
From the U.S. Department of State country specific information page:
ENTRY/EXIT REQUIREMENTS FOR US CITIZENS: U.S. citizens entering Chile must have a valid passport. U.S. citizens traveling to Chile for recreation, tourism, business, or academic conferences do not need to obtain a visa prior to their arrival to Chile. A Tourist Card will be issued for a stay of up to 90 days upon payment of a reciprocity fee, currently US $140. Currently, the fee is only charged at the Santiago International Airport. Payment can be made in U.S. currency or by credit card. An extension of stay for another 90 days is possible upon payment of an extension fee at the Chilean Immigration Office located at San Antonio 580, Santiago; telephone 56-2-550-2469. The Tourist Card must be surrendered upon departure. Failure to submit this card upon departure may result in delays until a replacement is obtained. If lost or stolen, the tourist card must be replaced by the International Police branch of the PDI at their nearest headquarters or at the international airport prior to departure.
Ensure that you have appropriate documentation to enter Chile. U.S. passports must be in good condition and valid for the period of stay. The U.S. Embassy cannot secure entry on your behalf if you arrive without a valid U.S. passport, with a passport that is damaged or mutilated, or if you arrive without a visa when one is required.
VISAS FOR NON-US CITIZENS: If you are not a citizen of the United States and require a visa to enter Chile, please visit the Chilean consulate page (http://chileabroad.gov.cl/los-angeles/en/tramites/para-extranjeros/) for current information about the application process and contact Lejla Mavris (email@example.com) and Brian Donkersley (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that we may arrange for a letter of invitation and hotel reservation confirmation to be made on your behalf.
Make sure you have the right adapter! Chile uses Type C and Type L electrical receptacles, as pictured below:
Don’t forget that it’s Summertime where we’re headed! Daytime temperatures can reach 90°F, so please pack casual, warm-weather clothes, but be prepared for chilly nights.
Also, bring 1 nicer outfit in case we are able to attend a Tribunal!