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Life in Chile

Hola, como estai? Bien, po’. Cachai? Needless to say, with all the slang in Chile, I have definitely added to my castellano vocabulary. But beyond the mere language, living in Chile has truly taught me a lot about my life and the way others live, as cheesy as that sounds.

My host family is relatively small (I have a host mom and a host sister), and I feel so lucky to have been placed with this family. My host mom, Monica, treats me like her own daughter, and we really do spend a lot of time together. Right now she is teaching me how to knit. She is very artistic, and she actually knits quite a few of her own clothes. She is always concerned about the well-being of others, and she has a positive outlook on life, no matter what is going on in her own life. Ten fe (Have faith). When I go back to the United States, I will always remember her saying this to me.

But in other news… what has been going? Well this weekend I went camping in Cajon del Maipo. Actually it was just for one night because it was too cold to stay for two nights. But regardless, it was an interesting adventure. Between the glaciers, lagunas, and rolling hills, the scenery was absolutely spectacular. My only critique is of the false advertising, in my opinion, of the thermal baths. From all the minerals, the two pools were a murky brown color and were terribly cold. But other than that, I had an amazing time this weekend. When I looked in one direction, I saw the snow-covered mountains (just like the Swiss Alps!), and when I looked in the other direction, I saw mountains with all different colors due to the mineral deposits within. Oh and did I mention that I saw a volcano too? The thing is, considering the geography of the country (longest north-south country in the world), there a number of different climates in Chile. In the north there is the driest desert in the world (Atacama), and in the South there are… (hmm… where to start?) snowy mountains, glaciers, forests, volcanoes, lakes, and much more. But there is no way I can do justice to the beauty of this country with a simple description. One must come to this country to experience the marvels of Chile.

Oh yeah, and there’s school. To be honest, my classes have been taking up most of my time lately. Between papers and quizzes, there is quite a bit of work to do. But I am trying to get organized, and I don’t want to bore anyone with the mundane details of my classes.

As for now, I need to start working on an activity to do with my students in the English Opens Doors program. I am working with a group of seniors in high school, and not only are there limited resources for teaching in this school, but there is also limited desire to learn English. Nevertheless, I am hoping I can at least instill a desire within them to learn English.

Until next time…




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2 Responses to “Life in Chile”

  1. Lindsey Says:


    My name is Lindsey and I recently came across your blog while doing research on the English Opens Doors Program. I was wondering if you could tell me a little bit about the application process and preparation for moving to Chile. I am about 95% sure that this is what I want to do, but would love to get some inside information that isn’t screened by the websites.

    Thank you for your time and help,

  2. Nile Says:

    Hi there,
    My name is Nile and I am a senior at Arapahoe High School in Colorado. I am currently taking an American Literature class in which we’ve spent the last few weeks choosing a country and learning about its culture and literature. I decided to adopt Chile as my country and in the final step of the process I have to contact someone who is living in Chile to ask some basic questions about culture and literature. Anything in the way of life that stands out as unique or fascinating is what I am looking for. I was hoping you could help me by answering a few questions and allowing me to gain a bit more of an understanding of culture from a far distance. Thank you very much Megana and I appreciate your time.
    -Nile Carrethers

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