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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 will be offered online for the second time this spring. 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.SEE THE FINAL TRANSLATION OF OUR STUDENTS