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Nicolas

Nicolas

Hello everyone! My name is Nicolás. I am an 19-year-old chilean boy, born and raised in Villarrica. I consider myself as a cheerful and friendly person, so I really like meeting new people. I enjoy doing sports and taking photographs. I'm very grateful to "Project Friends Chile" for allowing me to know different cultures and places.

The 13th COP to the UNCCD and the Youth Forum organised by the UNCCD Secretariat and the Chinese Academy of Forestry has become a potential starting point for several initiatives, partnerships and alliances among participants, exchanging of experience, skills development, etc., in which the main drivers were and will continue to be the horizontal communication and collaborative work, in a spirit of mutual respect. The first day of the Youth Forum in which we shared successful experiences of SLM all over the world and analyzed the role of different stakeholders (government, NGOs, business sector, schools, individuals, etc.) in achieving youth engagement with DLDD issues, enabled us to realize that multiple actions can be done on the ground and also out of it to prevent, adapt and remediate desertification and that in such process, youths play a fundamental role, serving as bridge between the civil society and grassroots communities and the political and academic spheres. Additionally, we came to the conclusion that the government must ensure young people engagement in the fight against desertification, by means of including environmental contents in the curricula from a young age and also by providing them with the platforms and resources necessary to carry out their initiatives. Moreover, is a government's duty to raise awareness about the universal benifits of protecting land among citizens, businessmen, local communities and so on. The second day, in which we attended the CSOs Open Dialogue, was tremendously enriching and insightful. The different panelists, which presented outstanding experiences in fighting desertification, stories of adaption to the new environmental conditions, initiatives for achieving resilient ecosystems, among others, were the clear proof that preventing, combating and reverting desertification, land degradation and drought are not unachievable goals, but rather rational aims that need to be addressed through cross-sectoral agendas. Nevertheless, what was even more important for us, the youth delegates, were the insights and feedback that came from numerous CSOs representatives from different countries. Their concerns, dreams and challenges are also ours. It is absolutely imperative that young people have legitimate influence in shaping the world we are living in. We are largest youth generation in the entire human history. Climate change is ocurring now and do nothing but to magnify the impacts of desertification and land degradation. Therefore, youths must be able to work proactively, effectivelly and collaboratively so that we can achieve a neutral world by 2030, in accordance with the SDG 15.3 of the 2030 Agenda. What I learnt from the CSOs Open Dialogue was: • Youths play an irreplaceable and fundamental role in the process of achieving LDN, combating DLDD and adapting to climate change. • The government must provide youths with the necessary tools, enough resources and democratic platforms to address DLDD issues, so that their participation, expressed in fresh ideas, innovative projects and land-based initiatives are ensured. The third day of the Youth Forum consisted in a field trip to the surroundings of Ordos: The Kubiqi Desert and the Yinketala Desert. The field trip allowed me to experience firsthand that SLM is not a unachievable goals. We saw on the ground how the Chinese government is successfully reverting desertification and greening the arid Kubiqi and Yinketala deserts, at the time that ecoturism, green jobs and agroecology are promoted. There is still much work to do in the following years in terms of policy planning, awareness raising, skills development, technology transfer, civic engagement, public-private negotiations, etc., but if more instances such as the Youth Forum to the UNCCD are promoted gobally, there is no doubt that we soon begin to see more and more people devoted to beat desertification. Finally, I want to express my gratitude to the UNCCD Secretariat, the Chinese Academy of Forestry and every person who made the Youth Forum an incomparable experience of my life. I am convinced that the bonds I made and the things I learnt during my stay in China will last forever.

The time is now: On my way to the COP13 to the UNCCD!

Friday, 15 September 2017 17:39 Published in Fun
After two and a half month of waiting, planning and preparation, the long-awaited moment had come. The 13th COP to the UNCCD is taking place in the following days, so I had to take my flight from Santiago to Beijing on 5th September. I first travelled 14 hours from Santiago to Paris, with AirFrance Airline. The first stretch of my journey was very comfortable. I was impressed about the airplane size. It was huge, full with hundreds of people of different nationalities, dreams and beliefs. And there I was. Sitting next to the window- I always choose the windows seat so that I can contemplate the beauty of the landscapes- with my carry-on baggage and many expectations about the Youth Forum, the chinese culture and the city of Ordos. After a six-hour layover in Paris (I ate a macaroon vanille and a poulet sandwich at Charles de Gaulle Airport), I took a flight to Beijing. In the aircraft we could choose between two different menus: a french menu, which included camembert cheese, tarte au chocolat, eau minérale, etc., or a chinese meal, which consisted of fried rice, pork with peanut sauce, a pear and raisins cookie, etc. After 10 hours of travel, I landed in Beijing. My first moments un China were scary. I could barely understand Chinese and the security at the public places was very strict. However, some youngsters from the Chinese Academy of Forestry were waiting for me at the airport and helped me to change some money, which is the Renminbi, 人民币 or Chinese Yuan. At the airport I met some of the other Youth Delegates: Magali from France, Elzira from Kazakhstan, Lorena from Bolivia, Areg from Armenia and so on. We spent great time together at the airport, in fact, I had my first experience with the chinese cuisine in there. Our last flight to the city of Ordos was two-hour long. When I arrived in this amazing city, I was blown away with what I was seeing: colorful, thriving gardens, with numerous animal-shaped bushes, enormous ancient monuments depicting warriors, horses and heroes, impressive buildings of futurist architecture, among other peculiarities. Everything that I can say up to know is that I am very grateful for having this amazing opportunity of meeting such a fascinating culture and awesome people from all around the world. I believe that the sowing of friendship, closeness and faith among the youth of today will harvest peace in the future. That is Friends Chile's motto (with very little modifications), but delivers a powerful message that every person can bring into their life. My adventure in China isn't too long, however, I will bring into my life remarkable people and memories that will last for a lifetime. I hope that the following days in the Youth Forum are just amazing as the previous days. I am going to make every day count! Are you?

The time is now: On my way to the COP13 to the UNCCD!

Friday, 15 September 2017 17:39 Published in Fun
After two and a half month of waiting, planning and preparation, the long-awaited moment had come. The 13th COP to the UNCCD is taking place in the following days, so I had to take my flight from Santiago to Beijing on 5th September. I first travelled 14 hours from Santiago to Paris, with AirFrance Airline. The first stretch of my journey was very comfortable. I was impressed about the airplane size. It was huge, full with hundreds of people of different nationalities, dreams and beliefs. And there I was. Sitting next to the window- I always choose the windows seat so that I can contemplate the beauty of the landscapes- with my carry-on baggage and many expectations about the Youth Forum, the chinese culture and the city of Ordos. After a six-hour layover in Paris (I ate a macaroon vanille and a poulet sandwich at Charles de Gaulle Airport), I took a flight to Beijing. In the aircraft we could choose between two different menus: a french menu, which included camembert cheese, tarte au chocolat, eau minérale, etc., or a chinese meal, which consisted of fried rice, pork with peanut sauce, a pear and raisins cookie, etc. After 10 hours of travel, I landed in Beijing. My first moments un China were scary. I could barely understand Chinese and the security at the public places was very strict. However, some youngsters from the Chinese Academy of Forestry were waiting for me at the airport and helped me to change some money, which is the Renminbi, 人民币 or Chinese Yuan. At the airport I met some of the other Youth Delegates: Magali from France, Elzira from Kazakhstan, Lorena from Bolivia, Areg from Armenia and so on. We spent great time together at the airport, in fact, I had my first experience with the chinese cuisine in there. Our last flight to the city of Ordos was two-hour long. When I arrived in this amazing city, I was blown away with what I was seeing: colorful, thriving gardens, with numerous animal-shaped bushes, enormous ancient monuments depicting warriors, horses and heroes, impressive buildings of futurist architecture, among other peculiarities. Everything that I can say up to know is that I am very grateful for having this amazing opportunity of meeting such a fascinating culture and awesome people from all around the world. I believe that the sowing of friendship, closeness and faith among the youth of today will harvest peace in the future. That is Friends Chile's motto (with very little modifications), but delivers a powerful message that every person can bring into their life. My adventure in China isn't too long, however, I will bring into my life remarkable people and memories that will last for a lifetime. I hope that the following days in the Youth Forum are just amazing as the previous days. I am going to make every day count! Are you?
It has been a long process since I knew that I had been invited to participate in the Youth Forum of the COP13 to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertificacion, which is taking place in the city of Ordos, Inner Mongolia, within the People’s Republic of China. I am going to attend this global event on behalf of Friends Chile Project as Youth Delegate. I will travel more than 20,000 km, on a 23-hour flight from Santiago to Beijing, so I have a long way ahead still. This international event will bring together hundreds of people with a common goal: To raise awareness and find effective solutions to prevent, mitigate and/or remediate the processes of Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought, which are ocurring in all continents and that are affecting million people's livelihoods and well-being. Being honest, I am not going to tell you that I feel absolutely comfortable with the travel. I will be in world's third largest country, where more than 1.3 billion people live. I will go through the second largest airport of the planet. There is no Google, Facebook or Instagram in China. They just don’t work inside the country. Everything is in Mandarin Chinese, language that I don't speak. However, even when the travel seems scary, this is an opportunity of a lifetime. I will have the chance to learn about a diametrically different culture, but tremendously interesting, wealthy in millennial traditions and with an incomparable heritage. Moreover, I will meet other 23 youngsters coming from african, asian and european countries. For those reasons, I am totally convinced that there is no better investment than travelling, so I encourage you, dear reader of my humble testimony, work for what you love, enjoy the road and live the great adventure of life with a big smile! My adventure is just beginning. Yours can be too. Are we ready?
The geographic peculiarities of Chile, due to its great extension, originate an enormous variety of ecosystems; Mountainous ecosystems in the heights of The Andes, transitional in the central valleys and marine ecosystems in the vast Pacific Ocean. Equally relevant are the arid ecosystems of The Atacama Desert and those glacial in the southernmost areas. For this reason, Chile has an enormous potential to be a center of pioneering innovation and research on climate change, natural resources management, especially water and soil, fight against desertification, regeneration of degraded environments, etc. However, the extractive industry of the country, based on forestry, mining, monoculture, among others, is an obstacle to the proper implementation of the National Action Program against Desertification (PANCD) and the Ten-/Year Strategy of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), as economic and political interests are frequently generated. The main objective of the present discussion is to analyze Chile's potential as scenario for developing public policies and innovative proposals aimed at neutralizing land desertification and degradation in a context of climate change, urban expansion, population growth, multiculturalism and ethnicity, where diametrically opposed economic activities coexist, as well as human groups with different notions about themes such as the use of natural resources, sustainable land management, erosion and desertification. It is necessary to address an initially ecological issue like Desertification in a transversal way, in order to understand its relation to wider social unrests, such as food insecurity and scarcity, extreme poverty, increase of Carbon Dioxide emissions, and even forced migration and social crisis.

Un voyage incroyable!

Thursday, 17 November 2016 20:21 Published in Fun

Before the trip

The best things in life happen when you least expect them. We were never so convinced of this idea until we participated in the World Forum for Democracy 2016. Although words are not enough to describe how exciting this adventure was, we are gonna try to tell you briefly how we lived our first journey to the old continent. Everything started in the middle of this year, in the beginning of August, with a short message: "Hello kids, I've got some news". Our dear Miss Emilia Larrachea, Project Friends Chile manager, informed us from the other end of the globe about an event called  “World Forum for Democracy”, in which she wanted us to participate. The global meeting would be focused on the relationship between education and democracy and how they mutually reinforce each other, in order to reduce social divisions and increase citizen participation in democratic life.

Very excited for the relevance of the call, we began to work to integrate the Youth Delegation of the Forum, which considered only 75 young people from all over the world. To do so, we made a presentation video in English describing our motivations to attend the event and pointing out the contributions and reflections that we could make in the meeting. Besides, during the following months, we studied about the main themes of the forum by reading different texts concerning education, democracy, interculturality, national and global sociopolitical conflicts, etc. We also practiced English and French by watching videos and having chats online, so we could better communicate in Europe.

After a few weeks, our joy was great when we knew that both, my brother Javier and I had been selected by the Council of Europe to attend the Forum and travel to the city of Strasbourg, in the east of France, during November. After this, we started planning our trip. We obtained our passports, bought plane and train tickets, booked accommodation in some european cities, collected personal items, bought a few souvenirs to give away at the event, among other things. We only had to wait for our adventure to begin. The chosen day was October 29th.

During the trip

After several weeks of preparation and planning, the long-awaited date finally came. With backpacks and documents ready, as well as a mixture of happiness and nervousness, we started our trip in Temuco and headed to Santiago to catch the plane that would take us to Europe. Our first stop was in Amsterdam, in The Netherlands. Although we were there just for a few hours, we could see its wonderful canals and visit some emblematic places such as Dam Square, Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum, the Flower Market and many others. What impressed us the most about this place was the huge amount of people riding bikes, the large number of electric cars in the streets and people's respect for the architectural heritage. Our trip continued in the city of Basel, Switzerland, where we stayed for 2 days. During those days, we visited the town's main attractions, such as the Cathedral, the City Hall, the Rhine River and its bridges, the Spalentor Gate, the Botanical Garden, the Autumn Fair, among others. In addition, we tried some typical goodies, like Bretzels and Magenbrots. After a 1-hour-train journey from Basel through beautiful meadows, we reached the last stop on our trip to Strasbourg: the small french town of Colmar. The city's architecture was astonishing. There were colorful houses, tall, ancient temples, the streets were adorned with beautiful Christmas decorations, the shops delighted us with tasty candy, typical dishes and showy handicrafts. In simple words, we felt we were within a fantasy story.

Finally, on Friday 4th of November we arrived in Strasbourg and were welcomed at the European Youth Center. There, we met the other young participants and the organising team that would prepare us for the upcoming forum. Unlike what you can believe, it was not difficult for us to make friends with people culturally different. The other youngsters were very kind and had the same interest to know and learn about other cultures.

The first surprise that came up when we arrived at the Youth Center was that they gave Javier and me separate rooms. He shared the room with a boy from Belarus, and I had an italian roomate and also an irish one. This was positive for both of us, as it allowed us to make new friends and get used to being more independent of each other. In the following days at the European Youth Center we strengthened bonds with the other participants and prepared to participate in the activities of the World Forum for Democracy. We had entertaining afternoons, connecting games, talks with experts, round tables, workshops, and of course, plenty time to go downtown to buy, drink or eat something or just replenish energy. A group of 75 strangers coming from more than 62 countries became a group of friends with a common goal: the respect and defense of democracy.

 On Monday 7th of November, the World Forum for Democracy officially began at the Council of Europe's main building. The opening ceremony was very exciting and was marked by the presence of important political figures such as Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, french Minister of Education, Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, the major of Strasbourg and various personalities from the Television and the civil society.

One aspect that drew the attention of all participants of the Forum was that the members of the Youth Delegation wore customized t-shirts and hats, so we were easily recognized among the other attendees. Something that deeply impressed us during the forum was the high technology used for the event and its great coverage on the Internet and the social networks. There was instant translation into more than 7 languages, dozens of reporters and photographers and hundreds of posts about the Forum on websites like Facebook and Twitter.

In order to continue with our story, we can use the expression again we used at the beginning of this article: "The best things in life happen when you least expect them". Why do we do this? The first day of the Forum happily coincided with our birthday. If your birthday is a special day in itself, imagine how extraordinary it becomes if you celebrate it in another country, along with new friends from all over the world and while participating in a world-class event! Without a doubt, this great coincidence was one of the best things that happened to us on our trip to Europe, as we had a terrific international party, full of greetings, laughter and gifts.

In the last days of the forum, we participated in many activities. We attended different "laboratories", meetings where innovative initiatives related to the themes of the Forum were presented. Personally speaking, I attended the laboratories of "Digital Education" and "Embracing a global citizenship" and Javier participated in "Know your rights" and "Refugees: Opportunities without borders". We were able to intervene by asking questions to the speakers and by sharing our own insights and comments. We also registered to be part of the "Young Journalists" of the World Forum for Democracy, so we were trained with journalism skills, oral and written skills for interviewing, writing and editing texts, etc. Moreover, we participated in some additional events, such as lightning talks, storytellings, interviews, among others. All these activities were a great contribution to our personal and academic development. We learnt a lot about civic education, innovative initiatives on democracy and citizen participation, stories of sacrifice and successful ventures, etc. At the same time, we learnt to interact better in formal contexts and to deal with the great responsibility of representing an organization, in our case Project Friends Chile.

 The last day of the forum, that's Wednesday 8th of November, was very emotional. We watched the US presidential elections together on television and had a deep conversation about the challenges facing democracy, at the European Youth Center. At the closing ceremony, the main conclusions of the event and the winning initiative of the forum were announced. That same day, back in the European Youth Center, we had a special dinner with the other participants and coordinators, or rather, with our friends and colleagues.

After several days of teamwork, coexistence and reflection, none of us wanted this incredible experience to come to an end. However, we were all very happy to have met such extraordinary people, hardworking and committed to society, education and democracy. We were happy to have had the opportunity to meet other human beings who don't surrender against cultural, geographical or religious barriers and whose main objective is to fight for a more equal, free and inclusive society. That last night, together with dancing, singing and playing games, we shared our joy for having participated in the forum, exchanged gifts and affectionate messages and promised to keep in touch with each other and meet again in the future. This is how 75 strangers coming from completely different countries,  of different ages and different lifestyles, became a single group of friends, united by a common purpose: Democracy.

After the trip

Sadly, our last day in the city of Strasbourg arrived. After more than one week enjoying the culture, people and food of Europe, it was time to return to our home. Thus, on Friday 11th of November we left the European Youth Center, carrying on our shoulders so much more than our luggage: ideas, knowledge, goals, values, friends and hundreds of incredible memories.

We didn’t want to leave France without trying one of its specialties, so the last thing we did in Strasbourg was to try the Tarte Flambée. Just a single word can describe this traditional dish: Délicieuse!

 With much nostalgia and sadness, but at the same time, very happy and grateful to have participated in this activity, we started our trip by train to Basel. It seemed that France said goodbye to us with the most beautiful sunset: snowy hills and picturesque autumn forests. Onto the plane, it was time to rest and wait to arrive without any inconvenience to Chile.

In the end, after a twenty-hour trip, we arrived in our beloved Villarrica. Our family  eagerly waited for us. The rainy Sunday was the perfect excuse to stay indoors all day long, resting and sharing a great time with our loved ones. We had hundreds of anecdotes to tell, photographs to look at, gifts to share, but above all, life experiences to recall. We were back home. And you know the popular saying, there's no place like home!

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My experience as Human Rights Activist!

Saturday, 08 October 2016 20:08 Published in Miscellan.

Since a couple of years ago, there is a serious problem growing on the Internet. This new threat is called Cyberbullying. Cyberbullying includes any hurtful behaviour to someone through the use of digital technologies, such as denigration, exclusion, harrasment, text wars/attacks, hate speech, etc. This issue can cause a lot of  damage to the victims and put at risk Human Rights. In this context, Project Friends Chile has wanted to contribute to the fight against Cyberbullying, by carrying out a workshop about Human Rights awareness and the "No Hate Speech Movement". I was in charge of coordinating and leading this event. My tasks included: Getting the necessary spaces for the workshop, inviting students, teachers and parents to the meeting, preparing educative games for the children and also, giving a talk about "The No Hate Speech Movement", which is a youth campaign of the Council of Europe for human rights online, to reduce the levels of acceptance of hate speech and to develop online youth participation and citizenship. The event took place at Alberto Hurtado School on October 6th. I had to work and study very hard for this activity. During the last weeks, I was reading a lot of texts and watching many videos related to Human Rights affairs, innovative models to improve Education and democratic issues. I admit that carrying out the workshop was not precisely a piece of cake. It meant a great responsibility and required a lot of time and dedication. However, I'm very proud of all the knowledge I gained, the friends I made and the things I taught to dozens of people, who became enthusiastic Human Rights activists.

One of the best things of this workshop was meeting Mr. Samuel Saavedra Aviles, who is a lawyer, graduated summa cum laude, at the Academy of Christian Humanism. He gave an interesting talk on Human Rights and explained their main characteristics in a way easy to understand. Besides, we shared an enjoyable lunch after the workshop at a nice restaurant. It was a great moment in which we talked about literature, hobbies, likes, family and more.

This was my experience as Human Rights activist. Briefly, It was a demanding, full-time job, yet tremendously rewarding and useful. There is no doubt that simple activities like this one can generate deep changes in the community, serving as genuine spaces to practice Democracy, increase coexistence, exchange ideas and world visions and train the future leaders of our society.

NOW IS YOUR TIME TO BECOME A HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING TO STOP CYBERBULLYING? JOIN THE NO HATE SPEECH MOVEMENT TODAY!

Our experience as host family!

Friday, 07 August 2015 23:40 Published in Fun
This half of the year was very special to me and my family. We had the great opportunity to get to know about american culture without being in The United States. That was possible because we hosted a 16-year-old teenager who was from Harrisonville, Missouri, due to the big efforts and the coordinated work between Alberto Hurtado School, specially the english teacher, Carmen Gloria Hormazábal, and Friends Chile Project Manager, Miss Emilia Larrachea. Our guest was Collin Schlegel and he arrived in Villarrica on March 14th, after being some days in the city of Santiago. Before meeting Collin personally, me and my family were a little nervous about living with a person who comes from very far away and has a different lifestyle. But at the moment he arrived we knew it was going to be a great time for all of us. We started to share and learn from the other immediately. The language was not a problem. We just had to talk him slower and everyone could understand perfectly. Collin stayed about 3 weeks with us. During those days, he tried some chilean traditional recipes and he did many activities. He attended to Alberto Hurtado School and made lots of friends. In our free time, we enjoyed going around the city, visiting some nice surroundings, eating tasty food, watching movies and so much more. As the days happened, we treated him just like another member of our family and every moment we shared was very funny and interesting.Some of the best moments we had were to celebrate Chile national football team victory in the 2015 Copa America and Independence Day, on 4th July. By the end of his stay, we gained a new brother and Collin gained a new family, so when he left it was sad. If I would have to summarize this experience I'd say that it was an incredible and tremendously enriching experience for everyone and we will never forget it. We are very grateful to have had this amazing time in our lives. If you ever host a foreigner in your house, don't be scared. Enjoy as much as possible and you will see soon how valuable it is!

Navy Day!

Thursday, 21 May 2015 20:08 Published in History
Celebrated every year on 21 May, this holiday is a very important date to chilean people. The "Navy Day" marks the battle of Iquique on 21 May 1879, during the War of the Pacific between Chile and its neighbouring country, Peru.The confrontation took place in the town of Iquique in the north of Chile. In that then, the city was under Peruvian control. Chile had blockaded the port with two ships. In response, Peru sent two ships to break the blockade.The Peruvian ships were more modern and the battle soon ended with defeat for the Chilean navy.At first glance, this may not seem to be a great reason to celebrate the glories of the navy. However, during the battle great courage was shown by the captain of one of the Chilean ships, Arturo Prat. His bravery inspired many Chileans and following his death there was a large rise in the number of men enlisting in the navy.The legacy of Prat's heroism can be said to have led to the eventual victory of Chile in the War of the Pacific.Currently, Prat is still considered a national hero, and there are lots of monuments that remember him country-wide . Besides, his portrait appears on the 10,000 Chilean peso bank note. The Navy Day is marked by parades and speeches and marks the start of parliament, when the President of Chile talks to the whole country about the address of the nation. On this day, most shops and businesses are closed and there is a reduced public transport service.To join the celebration of this day, I would like to greet the Chilean Navy. Thousands of people who protect our shores, territory and therefore, every inhabitant. The courage and discipline of the institution is remarkable. I am certain that this day will continue to be an irreplaceable date in chilean history, proof of respect and gratitude to the Navy. To them, my best greetings!

The Museum of Memory and Human Rights

Monday, 02 March 2015 23:31 Published in History
The Museum of Memory and Human Rights is a building located in the middle of Santiago, the capital of Chile. It was inaugurated on January 2010, by the President Michelle Bachelet. Its purpose is to increase attention to human rights violations committed by the Chilean state between 1973 and 1990 (historical period known as Military Dictatorship), to allow dignity for victims and their families, stimulate reflection and debate and promote respect and tolerance in order that these events never happen again. Through objects, documents and archives presented in different formats, it is possible to learn part of this history: the military coup, the repression that took place in the following years, tortures applied, the resistance movement, exile, international solidarity, reparation policies, etc. A large amount of written testimonies, legal documents, letters, tales, literary production, radio material, feature films, historical material and documentary photos are exhibited. Besides, in order to improve the number of visitors to the permanent exhibition, the Museum of Memory has an Audioguide service available in English, French, Spanish and Mapudungun. The system includes a communicator, an audio device , with which the visitor can listen to some recordings associated to with the most important objects and documents in the museum’s exhibition. The communicator also has earphones, if the visitor requires them. Furthermore, the building has an art gallery, an auditorium, a gift shop and a coffee shop.The Museum is opened between Monday and Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 18:00 p.m.

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