Human Rights, Social Justice, and Intercultural Learning Internship
What is the Human Rights, Social Justice, and Intercultural Learning Internship?
It is a ten-week educational opportunity for students to collaborate with the internationally recognized human rights association the Abuelas (Grandmothers) de Plaza de Mayo. The internship combines components of service learning (meaningful reflections in action), volunteer work (direct interaction with the organization), and research practicum (pre professional training for social sciences). This program was launched in 2015 onsite, and now will be offered online. In this time of global uncertainty, we believe it is more important than ever to create programs that lead to intercultural understanding, transnational solidarity. The meetings, translation projects, and final exposition will all occur online through the FLACSO- Argentina Virtual Platform. To maximize students’ experience, we use a pedagogy of partnership composed of the Spanish professor, the academic coordinators, and the intercultural facilitators.
What do the students do?
Students support the Abuelas’ work by translating information regarding the search for disappeared grandchildren, contribute to a bilingual glossary of terms used in the cases, and participate in meetings with representatives of the association where they learn about the history of human rights in Argentina. Along with their internship tasks, they participate in Spanish classes and intercultural activities to learn about the language and culture of Argentina. It is essential that students in this internship do not learn about the Abuelas’ work in a vacuum. but rather think critically about the relationship between Argentine history, human rights development, social justice and their own cultural backgrounds. The internship culminates in a final exposition in which the students present their work and learning reflections in creative formats such as poems, paintings, and drawings, which are compiled in a booklet.
The Spanish professor brings linguistic knowledge to the case translations by meeting with the student weekly to go over their translation tasks and introduce students to the Spanish of the Rio de la Plata use of language. The academic coordination individually monitors the student progress related to the whole experience and develops synchronic weekly meetings, forums activities, and reflecting debates. To promote Abuela’s work, students will use social media such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to share their reflections and support the worldwide search for missing grandchildren.
Intercultural Learning Initiative
As part of our virtual internships, students will participate in the Intercultural Learning Initiative to virtually immersed students in the Rio de la Plata region’s local culture and language. This component consists of a range of online cultural activities such as virtual museum visits, virtual tours of the city, and master classes in tango, candombe drumming, and Argentine cooking. Students will also have the opportunity to interview cultural representatives of the Rio de la Plata region by participating in biweekly activities that will challenge them to reflect on and compare Argentine cultural experiences with their local setting to gain an intercultural perspective. Participation in the initiative provides students with the chance to receive the Adela-Study Abroad Intercultural Certificate.
Opening Session: 23 AUGUST/2021
Closing Session: 1 NOVEMBER/2021
OPTIONAL: 7 days in Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Latin America: US$ 250
- Argentina: ar$ 20.000
- Other regions : US$ 850