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About the School

The village of San Juan Bautista on Robinson Crusoe—the largest island of the Juan Fernández archipelago — has a population of around 800 people and is the only settlement. It is also home to the only school: a municipal establishment for about 1 30 students from 1st through 12th grade, from the ages of 6 to 18.  On February 27, 2010, the school building and everything in it was swept away by the tsunami that devastated the town just after an 8.8 earthquake on mainland Chile. Nothing was left. No books, pencils, chairs or soccer balls. No blackboards or erasers. No computers or Internet. Quite simply: nothing was left at all.

A modular establishment, effectively comprising converted shipping containers, was erected on government land in 2010 to serve as temporary setting for classes. Efforts are now underway to purchase land in order to construct a new, environmentally-friendly educational facility on a permanent site elsewhere in San Juan Bautista.


Modular School

Modular school as of May, 2010