New York, NY (PRWEB) April 30, 2013
This October, a small group of lucky travelers will experience the natural and cultural wonders of Chile, on a unique tour operated by Academic Arrangements Abroad. The program—exclusively created for the Oberlin College Alumni Association—has a few remaining spaces, and interested travelers need have no affiliation with Oberlin to join.
Led by Steven Volk, an award-winning professor from Oberlin College, a maximum of 25 participants will enjoy an up-close encounter with a remote Patagonian glacier, sample local vintages in the country’s best-known wine region and meet prominent Chileans working to make their country a better place.
Many events were made possible by Professor Volk’s decades-long relationship with the country. While researching his doctoral dissertation, Volk lived in Chile from 1972 to 1973, directly experiencing the violent overthrow of the country’s democratic government by General Augusto Pinochet. Volk, who in the aftermath of the coup helped smuggle vital historic documents out of the country, won an award from the Chilean government in 2001 for his efforts to restore democracy.
Professor Volk, who in 2011 was named a U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, helped design the program’s itinerary from start to finish. In particular, he was able to arrange a private reception with Juan Guzmán Tapia, recognized internationally as the first judge to prosecute General Pinochet for human rights crimes. Travelers will also meet with local activists in Santiago, the Maipo Valley and Valparaíso—a UNESCO World Heritage Site that National Geographic Traveler magazine named one of the top 20 “must-see places” in 2013.
The program is also highlighted by specially arranged visits to cultural and natural landmarks—a hallmark of Academic Arrangements Abroad’s approach to travel. In Santiago, the country’s capital, travelers will tour the home of Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda and the renowned Pre-Columbian Art Museum. In the Maipo Valley, they will taste regional vintages at one of Chile’s best-known wineries before flying to Patagonia for a full-day excursion by catamaran and Zodiac to see the San Rafael Glacier.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some of the best that Chile has to offer, but to do it with a lecturer who is uniquely qualified to put what you see into an American context,” said Jim Friedlander, president of Academic Arrangements Abroad. “Not only is Steve passionate about Chile and his experiences there, but he’s also won an award for being the best professor in the country!”
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Chile with a uniquely qualified lecturer who has a decades-long relationship with the country. Oberlin professor Steven Volk was not only recognized by the Chilean government for his efforts to restore democracy, but he’s also won an award for being the best professor in the country.”
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A leader in academic travel since 1977, Academic Arrangements Abroad provides an insider’s look at extraordinary destinations in more than 50 countries through its networks of museum curators, professors and diplomats. Each itinerary is designed for the sponsoring institution(s), a list that includes some of the nation’s preeminent museums, cultural organizations and alumni associations.