College '23 Sheil Desai

Sheil Desai
PGS: Health and the Healthcare System in Chile


  • PGS: Health and the Healthcare System in Chile

Ask me about...

  • Getting to practice my Spanish skills while in Chile due to locals having limited English proficiency.

  • Engaging in cultural immersion and exploring a foreign country outside of allotted educational time.

My Experience Abroad:

I am interested in becoming a physician, especially in environmental health and global health. Our visits to public and private clinics provided insight into the shortcomings and advantages of a public healthcare system. I was able to compare and contrast Chile's healthcare challenges with the US after speaking with nurses, doctors, and students in Chile. I completed a research project while in Chile regarding air pollution and lung health, one of my research interests.

Other Highlights:

  • Celebrating New Year's in the central square of Valparaiso, dancing to Chilean Cumbia and watching fireworks

  • Eating a delicious traditional Chilean lunch at a countryside eatery after a hike in Rio Clarillo National Park

  • Touring a Chilean vineyard and its beautiful gardens

  • Developing friendships with University Los Andes students and spending time with them outside of educational programming

  • Speaking with nurses in San Borgia public hospital

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