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SIT Study Abroad Chile: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Community Empowerment
Arica, Chile (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Fall,
Spring
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Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Restrictions: Gustavus applicants only
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 02/26/2019 06/10/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Program Provider:
SIT - School for International Training
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Program Term(s):
Semester only
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Minimum Class Standing:
Junior, Senior, Sophomore
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Minimum GPA:
2.75
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Prerequisites:
Yes
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Previous Language Study Req?:
Yes
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Language of Instruction:
Spanish
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Language courses offered:
Spanish
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Housing Options:
Guest House, Homestay, Hostel/Hotel
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Areas of Study:
Anthropology, Gender Studies, Independent Study, Latin American Studies, Minority Studies, Pre-Health, Sciences, Social Policy & Administration, Sociology, Spanish, Women's Studies
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Additional Program Options:
Field Study, Internship, Research Project
Program Description:
Program Description:

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Chile: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Community Empowerment

Learn about public health through traditional medicine and intercultural health practices, indigenous customs, community welfare, and social justice.

Program Highlights

  • Learn about healthcare policies, politics, and delivery with a special emphasis on indigenous communities and traditional medicine.
  • Examine national healthcare policies and intercultural and alternative healing in urban and rural Chile.
  • Gain global perspectives from the program base in Arica.
  • Learn from and engage with government, medical, academic and indigenous sources.
  • Conduct field study and learn public health research methods.
  • Choose to intern at a health facility, social, community or indigenous organization, nonprofit institution, or university or to conduct independent research.
  • Learn traditional medicine from shamans and traditional birth attendants.

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

Independent Study

During the final four weeks of the program, you can choose to use your new language and cultural skills and the academic knowledge you have acquired to complete an Independent Study Project (ISP) on a topic of interest to you.

Conducted in Arica, Santiago, Valparaíso, Temuco, or other approved locations appropriate to the project, the Independent Study Project offers you an opportunity to conduct field research on a topic of your choice. You may also choose to incorporate a guided practicum experience into the project.

Sample topic areas:
  • Women’s and children’s health
  • Community outreach
  • Drug and alcohol treatment
  • Traditional and intercultural health
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Chilean health policy
  • Mental health
  • HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention policies
  • Indigenous health practices
  • Infectious and chronic disease conditions
  • Social, economic, political, structural, and ideological determinants of health
 

If you choose to complete an internship during the last four weeks of this program, you will be placed with a local organization to gain work experience related to the program’s theme and to develop professional skills you can use in your career. SIT internships are hands-on and reflective. In addition to completing the internship, you will submit a paper about your learning experience on the job and analyzing an issue important to the organization you worked with. You may also design a socially responsible solution to a problem identified by the organization.

Interning in Chile

SIT internships are hands on and reflective. In addition to completing the internship, you will submit a paper processing your learning experience on the job and analyzing an issue important to the organization you worked with, and/or you will design a socially responsible solution to a problem identified by the organization. SIT works with organizations that are well known in the fields of health, indigenous affairs, community development, and Chilean politics.

Sample Internship sites:

  • Working in intercultural health, health of indigenous peoples, and sexually transmitted diseases among indigenous populations at Red Nacional de Pueblos Originarios (RENPO)
  • Assisting efforts in public health advocacy, health education, primary health care, maternal and child health, chronic care at Red de Centros de Salud Familiar (CESFAM)
  • Providing education and rehabilitation for children with physical and developmental disabilities at Teletón
  • Providing intercultural bilingual education and promoting intercultural health at a private school in Chol Chol (Mapuche territory)
  • Assisting social, artistic, and physical therapy for patients with Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease at Centro de Estudios de Trastornos del Movimiento

Key Topics of Study

  • Chile’s national and indigenous healthcare systems
  • The specific health needs and practices of indigenous populations
  • Social, economic, political, structural, and ideological determinants of public health planning, practices, and outcomes
  • Diversity of healing and spiritual beliefs
  • Health of women, children, teenagers, the elderly, and other potentially vulnerable populations
  • Public health, community participation, and community empowerment 

Money Matters

Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:

  • All educational costs, including educational excursions
  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
  • Health and accident insurance

Scholarships

  • SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.  
  • The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program. 
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.

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IMPORTANT APPLICATION DEADLINE INFORMATION:

SIT programs may be competitive and fill before the application deadline date.

If you are planning to study abroad with SIT, it is in your best interest to apply for Gustavus approval as early as you can, and well prior to the internal Gustavus application deadlines (March 1 for Fall and Sept. 15 for Spring), and some SIT programs may be full by then.
 

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