Human Rights in Argentina: Study Abroad Maymester
GSU's program in Human Rights in Argentina is an exciting two and a half week examination of Argentina's transition from dictatorship to democracy after undergoing the most traumatic period in its history: the military dictatorship in which 30,000 people were abducted, tortured, and killed in secret detention centers. Students spend the first 10 days in the city of Cordoba, which in the 1970s was one of the major sites where thousands disappeared and gross violations of human rights took place. Students engage in lectures from professors, as well as, human rights activists and other persons familiar with the topic. Afternoon visits and field trips relevant to the program include a visit to the Cabildo (the old City Hall building), which housed the D2 Police Intelligence Unit and La Perla former concentration camp. The last week of the program is spent in Buenos Aires where students visit offices of human rights organizations, former detention centers, and the Parque de la Memoria memorial wall and sculpture garden.
This is a Maymester study abroad program. The student fees of $2,300 cover hotels, some meals, transportation, entry fees, and telephone service. Funding through this project will be used to offset the cost of airfare for students (round trip tickets are currently priced between $1,100 and $2,000). Any additional funds would be used to further offset travel costs. Funds raised will be disbursed evenly to participating students to defer the total cost of the airline tickets they purchase.
This will be the 10th year of offering this program. More than 100 students have participated and our experience has been life-changing. Students become global citizens and scholars. Alumni of this program have gone on to earn graduate degrees in human service professions, law, and other fields. Two recent graduates are studying to become human rights lawyers; another is working in refugee resettlement.