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Updates on Strikes in Chile
July 15, 2011
IFSA-Butler has been monitoring news reports of violence during student-led strikes in Chile. Various media outlets are reporting clashes with police and dozens of arrests in Santiago.

Chilean university students have been on strike in both Santiago and Valparaíso since June. Students are demanding lower tuition costs and other education reforms.

Sit-ins and student strikes occur abroad much more frequently than they do in the United States. In Latin America and Europe, strikes are the most common way for students to voice frustrations. Click here to read our FAQs about university strikes abroad.

IFSA-Butler does not anticipate that these strikes will significantly affect our semester 2 and academic year 2011 programs, which are set to begin by late July. However, we are sending our arriving Chile students the following updates and precautions with regard to the strikes:

• Students can still take courses at our host institutions, but course start dates may be delayed.
• IFSA-Butler program courses will not be affected by these strikes.
• It is illegal for non-Chilean students to take part in student demonstrations or protests.

Our resident and academic directors in Chile continue to work closely with our university contacts to meet the academic and support needs of our students. The host institutions are all working to find solutions for their international students to complete their programs as scheduled.

IFSA-Butler will work with our students in Chile to ensure that they are able to complete their courses and earn academic credit for their program as scheduled. It is important to understand, however, that IFSA-Butler cannot control the actions of universities abroad or their students.

Students, parents and advisors are welcome to e-mail Emily Beck about this situation. She can be reached via e-mail or at 317-940-4249.

The following news outlets have more information about the student demonstrations:

CNN

 
Ash Cloud Disrupts Travel to and from Argentina

An ash cloud resulting from a June 12 volcano in Chile is once again disrupting flights headed to and from Argentina. The ash cloud has caused massive flight delays and cancellations.

This situation is affecting some of our semester 2 Argentina students who are now traveling to Buenos Aires for the start of their program, and our semester 1 students who are heading home now that the program has ended.

Most airlines have provided hotel rooms for our semester 2 students who are stranded in airports throughout the U.S. For our students currently in Argentina whose flights home have been severely delayed or cancelled, our Buenos Aires staff have provided an option of hotel accommodation or temporary housing with a host family.Our staff are also providing transportation back to the Buenos Aires airport as much as possible.

In addition, Advantage Travel is working with LAN Airlines to reprotect students with cancelled flights on the first available flights back to the U.S. and to their home cities.

We are also giving students the following recommendations to students who are affected by this situation:

  • Whether you are returning back to the U.S. or headed to Argentina, arrive at your international departure airport at least 3 hours before departure
  • Monitor your airline's website frequently to stay updated on delays and cancellations
  • Do not change your airline ticket unless your flight is officially cancelled. Keeping your current ticket "as is" will help you secure a new flight as quickly as possible.
  • Students who booked their flights through Advantage Travel should contact Advantage if their flight is cancelled. Advantage will re-protect students on the next available flight. Advantage can be reached at 800-788-1980 or 315-471-2222.
  • If you are currently abroad and preparing to return home, keep IFSA-Butler's resident office informed if your flight is cancelled. Our resident staff in Buenos Aires can help you identify temporary housing and services if you must remain in your host country longer than expected.
  • Monitor key news outlets for the latest news. We recommend the following:

CNN
BBC
Latin America News

 

 
Tsunami Warning in New Zealand

Thursday, July 7, 9:15 a.m. EST
The tsunami warning has been officially cancelled. Read more.

Wednesday, July 6, 4:00 p.m. EST
A tsunami warning has been issued for New Zealand's Kermadec Islands following a magnitude 7.8 earthquake in the area.

IFSA-Butler routinely shares earthquake and tsunami safety precautions with students. Safety measures for tsunamis include staying away from beaches and staying tuned to media outlets for updates.

The Kermadec Islands are uninhabited and located about 550 miles north of New Zealand's North Island. The distance from New Zealand's main islands means that the tsunami is not likely to affect IFSA-Butler programs.

For more information, we recommend the following news sites:

TV.nz
MSNBC

 
Sectarian Rioting in Belfast

IFSA-Butler's Ireland office is monitoring incidents of sectarian rioting in Belfast. The riots broke out on Monday, with both Protestant and Catholic groups complaining of attacks on their homes.

There are currently no IFSA-Butler students in Northern Ireland, as spring semester programs have already finished and our summer program at Queen's University Belfast has not yet begun. We do not anticipate that these incidents will affect our summer or fall 2011 programs.

Though Northern Ireland has enjoyed many years of peace following "the Troubles," tensions often resume each summer, when Protestant groups hold marches to commemorate the 17th-century victory of England's King William III over the Catholic King James II.

For more information, we recommend the following news sources:

CNN
BBC

 
Ash Cloud Disrupts Travel in Australia, New Zealand

An ash cloud resulting from a June 12 volcano in Chile is once again disrupting flights in Australia and New Zealand. Officials have been unable to estimate how long the ash cloud will be present throughout the region.

Our semester 2 programs in both countries are scheduled to begin within the next month, and semester 1 students are in the process of returning home. IFSA-Butler staff in both countries are considering alternate transportation and support for students in the event that their flights become unable to land or depart, or if flights are diverted to another city.

We are giving students the following recommendations for travel to and from Australia and New Zealand:

  • Whether you are returning back to the U.S. or headed to Australia or New Zealand, arrive at your international departure airport at least 3 hours before departure
  • Monitor your airline's website frequently to stay updated on delays and cancellations
  • Do not change your airline ticket unless your flight is officially cancelled. Keeping your current ticket "as is" will help you secure a new flight as quickly as possible.
  • Students who booked their flights through Advantage Travel should contact Advantage if their flight is cancelled. Advantage will re-protect students on the next available flight. Advantage can be reached at 800-788-1980 or 315-471-2222.
  • If you are currently abroad and preparing to return home, keep IFSA-Butler's resident office informed if your flight is cancelled. Our resident staff in Sydney and Wellington can help you identify temporary housing and services if you must remain in your host country longer than expected.
  • Monitor key news outlets for the latest news. We recommend the following:

CNN
BBC
Australian Broadcasting Network
New Zealand Herald

 

 
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