While Australia recovers from the 2006 WFOT Congress, the WFOT is already getting ready for the 2010 Congress, to be held in Santiago Chile.
Following is a snapshot of the 2010 event, and we suggest that you start practicing your Spanish in preparation for your Latin American adventure today!
Theme in Spanish: Ocupación desde Latinoamérica
Theme in English: Sharing the World of Occupation from Latin America’
Santiago Convention Center Espacio Riesco, Santiago, Chile
Spanish and English
To be confirmed
Chile is situated between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean in a narrow stretch of land that is approximately 350 kilometers wide.
Chile currently has a population of more than 15 million people, and an annual population growth of 1.5%.
Contrast and diversity characterizes the geography of Chile. In the north, the climate conditions the existence of the most ardent desert in the world located in the Atacama region. In the center and the south of Chile however, green and fertile valleys produce quality fruits, vegetables, and wines that are enjoyed around the world.
The official language of Chile is Spanish; however, there are certain indigenous groups in the north of the country that still maintain their original language.
The Chilean diet comprises mainly meat, potatoes, maize, fruits and vegetables. The extended shores also provide Chileans with delicious fish and seafood such as salmon, trout, eel, sea scallops and lobsters.
For more information about Chile, go to www.chile.com
Santiago is Chile's capital and the country’s largest city, and is situated at an elevation of 520 metres in the country's central valley.
Approximately two decades of uninterrupted economic growth have transformed Santiago into one of Latin America's most sophisticated metropolitan areas, with extensive suburban development, dozens of shopping malls, and impressive high-rise architecture.
The city also boasts some of Latin America's most spectacular infrastructure, such as the Santiago Metro and the sparkling new ‘Costanera Norte’, a freeway system that passes below downtown and connects the Eastern and Western extremes of the city in 15 minutes.
Santiago is headquarters to many important companies and is a regionally important financial center.
Santiago has a mild Mediterranean climate - relatively hot dry summers (November to March) with temperatures reaching up to 35 degrees celsius on the hottest days; winters (June to August) are more humid, with typical maximum daily temperatures of 15 degrees celsius, and minimums of a few degrees above freezing.