I made myself the promise that before I committed myself to a full-time career I would embark on another adventure to South America to continue to mastering my abilities in Spanish, but more importantly to explore another corner of the world.
I was fortunate enough to be able to study abroad in Seville, Spain when I was an undergrad at the University of Wisconsin. My time spent in Spain, and all of my travels throughout Europe, were life-changing to put it simply.
I ultimately wanted to live in Santiago because it is a huge metropolis with an impressive economy, and Chile itself has so much to offer as far as landscape when taken into consideration the expanse of terrain the country stretches. Originally, I wanted to teach English.
When I heard about GeoVisions' internship abroad opportunities to work with students who want to work, study and travel overseas, however, it immediately caught my interest.
On a typical day, I send and receive plentiful emails via my director and coordinators, I contact universities and high schools to promote the programs available. What's most rewarding is that I work with enrolled students to evaluate their English-levels and prepare them for the once-in-a-lifetime experience they are about to embark on.
I currently rent a room at the household of a Chilean family who are incredibly accommodating and who have welcomed me not only into their home, but into their family dynamics and daily lives as well. The family consists of a mother, two brothers who are 27 and 25, and a younger sister who is 14.
My host-brothers have become great friends as they have introduced me to their friends and have invited me to join in on the festivities the night-life in Santiago has to offer.
After my internship abroad ends, I will be making my way down to Patagonia de Chile to hike and camp in Parque Torres del Paines for a week. Then I'll head north to San Pedro de Atacama and Salar de Uyuni to spend a week in the desert. I couldn't be more excited for these adventures!