A message from our
Program Director

This month at the Regional Office

Dear <<First Name>>,

While Cambridge suffered through a particularly nasty month of February, here in the Regional Office, we enjoyed a warm and sunny late summer. However, we are not immune to the snow and ice. This is the season in which our representatives go to the frozen north to interview Harvard students applying to summer internships, as well as to recruit others for the many opportunities available to study in the region during the year. Pilo Mella, Maria Jose Ferreyra, Patricia Cespedes, and Marco Perez-Moreno led the Regional Office efforts, and joined the Mexico, Brazil, and Cambridge staff to interview 95 potential candidates interested in programs throughout Latin America. During their visit to Cambridge, our Regional Office representatives also broke new ground in Harvard’s study abroad activities, by inviting students from Yale, Princeton, Brown, and MIT to participate in the Harvard semester-long Study Abroad Programs in Buenos Aires and Santiago. 

In the past few years, February has been a particularly significant month for our host country, Chile. Four years ago, the February 27th earthquake and tsunami devastated large areas of central Chile. The Recupera Chile project began the following year. Many positive outcomes of the hard work of the Harvard Kennedy School students and members of the faculty last month included a study on the feasibility of artisan shellfish production in the coastal areas, the selection of small business ventures to stimulate tourism, an improved fresh water system, and a broadened alliance with the Universidad de Concepción School of Education to work in preschool education in the affected areas. We are pleased with the progress and continue to follow up on these initiatives. 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Nieman Fellow, Paula Molina, who visited Cambridge in February to develop her research on a book on Harvard in Chile. We would like to congratulate CONICYT Chile on their newly inaugurated headquarters. We would also like to thank journalist Margherita Cordano for her 
article published this month in El Mercurio about the Recupera Chile project. Finally, as a new government was inaugurated in Chile last week, we look forward to building on the successes of the Regional Office through new and existing partnerships in the coming months.


Ned Strong
Program Director

Regional Office Summer Programs

Ranging from programs in public health to internships in private and public organizations in Latin America, DRCLAS offers a diverse array of summer programs for Harvard students in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru. 

This past February, Regional Office representatives, Pilo Mella, Maria Jose Ferreyra, Patricia Cespedes, and Marco Perez-Moreno, joined the rest of the DRCLAS staff in Cambridge to interview 95 Harvard students interested in participating in the various DRCLAS Summer Programs in Latin America. This year's pool of applicants proved to be outstanding, not only for the students' diversity and academic excellence, but also for their rooted interest in the cultures, economies, environment, and contemporary affairs of Latin America. While some students demonstrated passion to volunteer in arts and human rights organizations in Argentina, others were deeply interested in working in the finance and public policy sectors in Chile, or in educational and entrepreneurial organizations in Peru, to a name a few examples. 

Running from June 2nd through July 25th this year, the Regional Office summer program offerings include the Summer Internship Program in Argentina, Chile and Peru, and the Health and Spanish Immersion Program in Chile. 

Summer internship Program (SIP)
Since 2005, the Regional Office has offered structured summer internship opportunities in Argentina, Chile and Peru, serving more than 500 Harvard students thus far. The Summer Internship Program (SIP) matches Harvard undergraduates with private and public organizations in the three Southern cone countries. After a week-long orientation where students learn about the nuances of living in their host country, they spend seven weeks working on specific projects for the organization in which they are placed. As the organizations vary significantly in the type of work they do, the Regional Office staff takes exhaustive measures to ensure that the students' experience and interests fit the profile of their placement organizations. Besides working for an organization, students participate in weekly DRCLAS-run activities and trips to learn more about the culture and history of their host country. For more information about the participating organizations in each country, please click on each program: SIP Argentina, SIP Chile and SIP Peru.

Health and Spanish Immersion Program (HSI) in Chile 

The Health and Spanish Immersion Program (HSI) provides Harvard pre-med students with a full Spanish-language immersion experience, through an incredible array of opportunities focused on medicine and public health in and around Santiago, Chile. After a week-long orientation, students spend seven weeks pursuing a full agenda of activities: an intermediate Spanish course focused on themes of health and culture in Chile and medical Spanish, a compulsory shadowing of doctors in Santiago’s consultorios (public clinics) and public hospitals, and a health-related volunteer experience in a social organization. Students also have the opportunity to interact with Chilean medical students and develop lasting friendships, while giving back to Chilean society through health-oriented projects. By visiting a wide range of medical institutions, students experience first-hand the extraordinarily disparate realities of the Chilean health system: from urban hospitals to rural health posts, and from the traditional medicine of the Mapuche to the most advanced private hospital in Chile.

To enhance the cultural and linguistic experience, students participating in the SIP and HSI programs live with local host families.

Recupera Chile Student Fundraiser

Through the January-term course taught by Professor Doug Ahlers in Chile, twenty Harvard Kennedy School students had the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the complex communities of Dichato, Cobquecura, and Perales, and apply classroom-learned, disaster-recovery skills into real world cases. As part of the course, students partnered with their respective communities, municipalities and local leaders to develop specific field-based team projects to assist the residents of the three localities.

Although the course culminated at the end of January, the student's commitment to their assigned communities did not stop with their return to
 Cambridge and the start of a new semester. The students from the Cobquecura team felt compelled to continue helping that community, and organized a fundraiser to support two local entrepreneurial projects. During their time in Cobquecura, the student team organized the third annual entrepreneurship competition, asking local entrepreneurs to submit a business plan to start a new business or to expand their existing ones. The competition resulted in more than 45 applications, and three winning projects that will receive funding and will be implemented in the community with the support of the Recupera Chile initiative. The top prize was a tie between two projects. Tatiana Apablaza won funds to support the construction of a small health center, which will offer alternative medicine, massages and a space for meditation and social encounters for tourists and locals. Robinson Pérez and Andrés (father) and Patricio (son) Echaque, experts on wood furniture constructions as well as metallurgic elements for house constructions, won the other first prize for their collaborative project to start a construction company. Their project will provide a unique opportunity for the local community to receive a more complete construction service by combining their expertise into one company. The third prize was for Francisca Fernando, who addressing the need of restoring tourism in the area, was awarded a professional camera to produce marketing materials for a web platform to advertise local businesses. However, besides these winning projects, the students in Cobquecura decided to support another two initiatives through their own means. 

On February 23rd, the Cobquecura team launched a fundraising campaign to launch Rafael Vega's project and support Francisca Fernando' ongoing one—Rafael hopes to start-up a rural bus service that provides locals and tourists better access to touristic offerings and social and medical services, while Francisca wants to create a dynamic web platform linking businesses that might be able to create robust value chains for the growing tourism industry. The Cobquecura team chose these two projects for their feasibility, as well as the fact that they can provide opportunities for "keeping bright young people in their own communities, while providing them with a livelihood," commented student Miya Cain, MPP ‘15. Through their fundraising efforts, the Cobquecura team raised over $2,400 to support the two entrepreneurs. We would like to congratulate the students for their initiative and commitment to the Cobquecura community.

To learn more about the Recupera Chile initiative, please click here. If you would like to support the Cobquecura team fundraising efforts, please contact Marcela Renteria, DRCLAS Regional Office Program Officer.

Study Abroad Programs in Argentina and Chile

On the last week of February, six Harvard students arrived in the region to participate in the Spring 2014 Study Abroad Programs (SAP) in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Santiago, Chile. Coming from diverse academic backgrounds—ranging from Molecular and Cellular Biology to Sociology, the six undergraduates will be studying in their respective host countries until mid-July.    

SAP Argentina and SAP Chile provide Harvard students with the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture of their host country and the Spanish language for a period of five months while receiving transfer credit to apply towards their Harvard degree. Students participating in SAP Argentina have the opportunity to enroll in Universidad de Buenos Aires, Universidad Torcuato Di TellaUniversidad de San Andrés and Instituto Universitario del Arte, while students in SAP Chile can enroll in Pontificia Universidad Católica, Universidad de Chile, and Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez. To enhance their cultural and linguistic experience, students live with local families in both countries. 

As part of the Study Abroad Programs, the Regional Office organizes a detailed orientation in both countries to ensure the students' smooth transition into life abroad. The orientations include visits to the local universities, presentations about contemporary affairs of the host country, and cultural activities around the city, such as visiting the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires or the Plaza de Armas in Santiago. While studying abroad for a semester, students can also participate in non-credit DRCLAS internship opportunities, linked to the students' area of academic studies, such as in community and grassroots organizations, health and environmental institutions, and international agencies. 

Harvard Alums Win Second Prize in Chilean Tower Competition

Two Harvard alumni from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Daniel Ibañez (MDesS ’12, DDes candidate) and Tomas Folch (MLA I ’12), in association with Rodrigo Rubio and Sofia Armanet, have recently received second prize in the international competition to build a telecommunication tower in Santiago, Chile. First prize went to a team led by Chilean architect Smiljan Radic.

The competition was promoted by the government of Chile to unite the existing telecommunication antennas on the summit of Cerro San Cristobal into a single iconic structure of architectural distinction. The solution proposed by the Folch-Ibañez-Rubio-Armanet team reinterpreted the most basic and widely used telecommunication antenna–tensed cables and compressed mast–enhancing the aesthetic dimension of cable structures as well as the potential for a new metropolitan public space. The project has been featured in Plataforma de la Arquitectura and Archdaily.

Besides his work as an architect, Tomas Folch has been involved with the Recupera Chile initiative, spearheaded by the DRCLAS Regional Office. This past January, he served as one of the Dichato team leaders, providing guidance to Harvard Kennedy School students in creating
 an innovative aquaculture development plan as a possible new source of income for the local fishermen and women. 

We would like to congratulate the two Harvard alumni and their associates for their outstanding performance in this international competition.

DRCLAS Summer Programs in Colombia

From June 9th through July 31st, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, in collaboration with its partners in the region, will be offering two summer programs for Harvard students in Bogota, Colombia. 

Summer Internship Program (SIP)
Through the Summer Internship Program, Harvard graduate and undergraduate students are placed in internship opportunities in organizations in Bogota, Colombia. This year, some of the potential opportunities available through SIP Colombia include internships working in the public policy sector, in journalism, and in government-sponsored technology initiatives.

DRCLAS-UniAndes Pre-Med Program 
The DRCLAS-UniAndes Pre-Med Program provides Harvard undergraduates the opportunity to shadow clinicians in various hospitals and various sectors of the population, all focusing on women's, children's, and maternal health. The program is co-sponsored by the Universidad de Los Andes (UniAndes), one of the most prestigious private universities in Colombia. 

Through this pre-med program, students will rotate at several institutions affiliated to UniAndes, including the school’s main teaching hospital, the Fundación Santa Fe, the Instituto Roosevelt, and Hospital Centro Oriente E.S.E., which jointly serve patients from a broad spectrum of social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. They will also participate in community health interventions through the “Progresa Fenicia” program, an integral, multidisciplinary urban development program led by UniAndes that has an important public health component. As a result, students will get to know many different patients, healthcare professionals, and institutions, and be exposed to a wide variety of clinical cases and community health issues.

Recupera Chile Beyond Chile's Border

Chilean national Maria Ignacia Arrasate M.Des.S. ’14, along with another five students of the Harvard School of Design, won first prize at an international academic competition organized by Tokyo University. The Japanese university invited 13 university design programs, including three in the United States, to gather teams and answer a challenge: in 30 pages or less, lay out solutions for helping the remote eastern Tohoku region recover from its triple disaster of March 2011: earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown. The winning report put forward by Arrasate and her teammates proposed both physical solutions (mobile health clinics and a battery industry hub) and social solutions (community centers and apprenticeship programs). It also suggested ways to empower local officials, and called for creating a regional development agency.

Before entering the competition, Arrasate, as well as her teammates, had significant experience in remedying disasters. Arrasate spent three years (2010-2013) in the Chilean government working with the Ministry of Housing and Urbanism (MINVU), and focusing on the design and implementation of public housing and urban planning policies for the areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami of February 27, 2010. During her time in the government, she helped the Recupera Chile initiative get started by providing key information about the disaster area to the DRCLAS Regional Office and Harvard faculty, and leading a Harvard visit of the affected communities in 2011. “We confronted more or less the same situation as the Japanese government,” she said, so the Tohuku competition “reaffirmed what I was interested in before I came to GSD.” (Arrasate is completing the“risk and resilience” track in the master of design studies program). 

We would like to congratulate Maria Ignacia Arrasate and her teammates for winning such a prestigious international competition and for their commitment to helping disaster-ridden areas around the world. For the full story of the Tokyo University competition, please visit the Harvard Gazette.

In this Issue:

DRCLAS Programs and 
Events in the Region

- Regional Office

Presentación de Fundación RAP en Boston 
Tsai Auditorium; 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
March 27, 2014 at 6:45 p.m.

En colaboración con DRCLAS, Fundación RAP tiene el agrado de invitarlos a una presentación de los objetivos y actividades de la fundación. Como parte del evento, tres políticos argentinos compartirán su experiencia en RAP y realizarán unas reflexiones iniciales sobre las perspectivas del país. Para más información, acuda a la página web del evento.

ARTS@DRCLAS: Porfirio Diaz Between Mexico and China: A Trans-Pacific Discourse about Rulership 
CGIS S-250; 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA
April 9, 2014 at 12 p.m.

Pablo Ariel Blistein, Argentine national and Associate Researcher at the University of Heidelberg, will be offering a lecture at DRCLAS Cambridge about the figure of Porfirio Diaz as an inspiration of different discourses of ruleship, from Mexico to China. Blistein holds a B.A. in Classical Studies from Universidad de Buenos Aires and a Ph.D. from l’Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales in Paris. For more information about the event, click here.

ARTS@DRCLAS Overseas Faculty Series: Rahul Mehrotra
UDD and UAI campuses in Santiago, Chile
April 10 and 11, 2014

DRCLAS in collaboration with Universidad Adolfo Ibañez and Universidad del Desarrollo, and with the co-sponsorship of CalamaPLUS, organized the visit of Professor Rahul Mehrotra, Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. This visit will include three components: a public lecture, an open-door academic panel and a case study field trip. For more information about these events, please click here.

Harvard en Chile: Graduate Programs Information Session and Fair
Ritz-Carlton Hotel in 
Santiago, Chile
April 29, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

We are pleased to announce the first Harvard University joint recruitment event in Santiago, Chile on April 29th at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. The event will provide an opportunity for a select group of highly talented prospective applicants to learn more about graduate programs at Harvard. It will be a chance to examine how professional aspirations can be matched with more than 70 programs of advanced study in the seven schools represented. For more information and to register, please click here.

Alumnos de Harvard ponen conocimientos en práctica en zonas afectadas por el 27-F

Por dos semanas, los estudiantes se dedicaron a asesorar a las localidades de Dichato, Cobquecura y Perales. Ayudar a sacar adelante un puesto de empanadas y crear un plan para traer agua potable donde se hacía necesario fueron algunos proyectos. Read more.

CONICYT-Harvard partnership in astronomy

Harvard students applied their CSE training to an unsolved real-world problem. During the January 2014 winter break, six Harvard graduate students ventured all the way to Chile not for a vacation, but rather for two and a half weeks of hard work on a computationally challenging problem produced by a cutting-edge astronomical instrument. Read more.

La literatura se vuelve excusa para jugar a ser artistas

Vincular textos con representaciones teatrales, música y obras plásticas ayuda a ir desentrañando las historias que se esconden detrás de esos libros que en un principio parecen difíciles. Read more.

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