Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Santiago, Chile
- Program Terms: Fall
- Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
Credit/Registration: Students will be registered for HSAD T380 / HSAD T580 Global Aging 3 credits as part of their fall term course load. Undergraduate students must leave room for the credits in their fall credit load when registering for fall term or will be billed for credits exceeding the 20 credit maximum. Graduate students will be billed for 3 Drexel credits at their normal rate.
Instructor: Jesse Ballenger, Associate Teaching Professor, Health Administration, College of Nursing & Health Professions
Pre-Travel Online Learning Modules required for all participants. Date and time will be provided post-acceptance.
Arrival Date: September 4th (Depart US on Sept. 3rd)
Departure Date: September 12th (Return US on Sept 13th)
Students are responsible for independent travel before or after program dates.
Sunday, September 4: Arrival Orientation & Welcome Dinner
Monday September 5: Community-Based Dementia Care
Excursion: Site visit and discussion with staff at Centro Kintun, and Age-friendly walk audit in neighborhood around the Peñalolén Center.
Tuesday, September 6: University/Community Partnership in Aging
Excursion: The Gerópolis Interdisciplinary Center for Elderly Adult Development, University of Valparaíso. We will also do some sightseeing in the stunningly beautiful and historic coastal city of Valparaiso, including a visit to the museum house of the great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.
Wednesday, September 7: Health Care
Excursion: Geriatric Unit of the Hospital San Juan de Dios. This visit will involve a tour an observation of the unit and a discussion with members of the medical and nursing staff. We will also do some sightseeing in the area around the hospital in central Santiago, including Parque Quinta Normal and a visit to the Gabriela Mistral Museum of Education.
Thursday, September 8: Public Policy on Aging
Excursion: San Sebastián University for a discussion between Drexel and Chilean students and faculty and Chilean officials and policymakers.
Friday, September 9: Pollution, Global Climate Change, and Aging
Excursion: Parque Metropolitano, Cerro San Cristóbal. The park is the perfect venue for a reflection on the intersection of environmental concerns about pollution, global climate change, and aging. This is the city’s largest green space and a funicular carries people between different landscaped sections of the park on one side, while a teleférico (cable car) on the other side of the hill provides spectacular views of the city and the Andes mountain range just beyond.
Evening: Group dinner
Saturday, September 10: Chilean History
Excursion: Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, Museum of National History, La Plaza de
Armas, and La Moneda. These important cultural and historical institutions will be the basis of a discussion about Chilean history.
Sunday, September 11: Aging, Memory, and Trauma
Excursion: Museum of Memory and Human Rights. Many older Chileans must deal with the legacy of traumatic experiences under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet from 1973-1990. The Museum of Memory and Human Rights is a commemoration of the victims of the human rights violations during the regime. We will go on a guided tour that includes a discussion of the mental health impacts of this trauma on people entering older adulthood, and policies and services created to help them. We will also do some sightseeing of historic sites in central Santiago.
Monday, September 12: Depart Santiago for the United States
Due May 1st - $500 Advance Payment + $25 Application Fee
Due July 1st - $750 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.
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US citizens do not need a visa for entry to Chile. Other nationalities should confirm visa requirements on the Chile embassy website.
A suggested itinerary will be provided. Students are responsible for booking their own airfare but should not book until after travel to Chile has been given final approval by Drexel's Essential Travel Review Committee.
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