The International PDS in Santiago, Chile (IPDS-Chile) enables teacher candidates and faculty members from Buffalo State and Universidad Mayor to learn from each other educational practices considered exemplary in their respective cultures.
IPDS-Chile is a 3-credit course that includes 3 weeks abroad each May/June. Participants enroll in study abroad course to be completed semester prior to travel. While abroad, participants participate in a Spanish language learning in an immersion program, collaboration with teacher candidates and faculty at Universidad Mayor, engage in field experiences working with teachers and children at local schools, and enjoy excursions to coastal cities on the Pacific Ocean, hiking to the Andes Mountains, and historical/cultural sites in the city of Santiago. Participants also experience genuine Chilean life and culture while living with host families.
IPDS-Chile is open to all Buffalo State currently enrolled students who have been accepted into any education program. Visit the Buffalo State IPDS program page for application deadlines and information.
As they transition through the various adventures of their teach & study abroad experience participants – along with their project directors – will stop in to this site to share moments, visions, and thoughts through journal entries and photographs. Visit individual blogs to read about each participant's adventures and perceptions while part of the IPDS-Chile. Share your comments, questions, and supportive words as you peruse, and stop back often!
Hosting Students from Chile
In addition to facilitating travel for students from Buffalo State to Chile , this IPDS program also welcomes new teachers from Universidad Mayor to Buffalo each spring semester. Along with their program leaders, the Chilean teacher candidates observe and volunteer in area schools, visit Buffalo State courses and programs, and tour WNY and nearby attractions.