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Never have I ever. Throughout this trip, our group played this game many times. Never have I ever been to South America. Never have I ever eaten an empanada. Never have I ever stayed away from my family for an entire month. After this crazy adventure, I have successfully done... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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As I write this, I am currently surrounded by mounds of clothes that I should be folding and packing away into my monstrous suitcase since we are leaving tomorrow. It feels like yesterday when I was trying to squeeze in as many clothes as possible in preparation for the harsh... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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It’s the last weekend we have with our host families and my roommate and I spent it celebrating my host mom’s birthday. On Sunday, July 3rd, after waking to the sound of rain, Aiyana, my roommate, and I went to the store with my host dad to buy the perfect... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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The big city of Valparaiso is awesome but sometimes you need a break from all the commotion. A few weeks ago was a “long weekend” because of the holiday, meaning everyone wanted to get out of the city. For me, that meant taking a nice long drive up the coast... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Valparaiso was the best city I could have ever chosen. I am completely and totally in love with its culture, history, and people. On my trip I have not only learned about the language, but about the rich history behind Chile and Valparaiso. We have traveled to many museums, but... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Instead of getting some much need rest and relaxation on Saturday, the students were up early to work alongside Acción Basura, a volunteer organization founded by a group of Chilean youth whose mission is to clean up the streets of Valparaiso and bring back life to forgotten public spaces. You... Continue reading
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Valparaiso is stunning! Chile's people and culture are so colorful; I'm beyond glad I chose this destination. But I think the most compelling aspect of the program for me has been the people I'm traveling with. While Valpo and Chile are very colorful, my friends and leaders have colored this... Continue reading
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​Daniela Kyle, here, from Valparaiso, Chile!! Traveling to a new country was scary. It was intimidating, and nerve wracking, and uncertain. Yet, Chile has completely welcomed me with open arms as I immersed myself into her culture and customs. Everyday, La Profe prepares me with relevant information about real life... Continue reading
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Yesterday was the student's last "Taller de Basket" (basketball clinic) with the high school students at Instituto Maritimo. This is a favorite activity of many of our students: interacting with Chileans their age, getting active, and of course, trying out the different snacks they're given at the end of each... Continue reading
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Over the past three weeks, I have already learned new ideas, immersed myself into an entirely new culture and met amazing new people. However, it isn’t all fun and games. Throughout this trip, I’ve had multiple difficulties. Whether it’s communicating with my host family, getting over culture shock, or waking... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Valparaiso is a city most well-known for its incredible street art, but there is certainly no shortage of fine art to be explored here, too! Yesterday, the students spent time at Palacio Baburizza, the former mansion-turned-art museum of Croatian businessman Pascual Baburizza. Along with viewing his personal collection of incredible... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Enjoy the following photos from our day trip to Santiago!! El Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos We were at La Moneda, the presidential palace, just hours after the Chilean Olympic team was there! La Moneda That one's for you, Charmee! :) The crew after surviving a Santiago... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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This past weekend, students flew to La Serena for an incredible excursion to explore Chile's northern region. We stayed in an adorable, small town called Vicuña. Here students were lead through a beautiful, scenic bike tour, got to interact with the hostel's pet llama, and walked around the local plaza... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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On Wednesday, the students took part in a cooking class where they learned how to make one of the most popular Chilean dishes: empanadas de pino. First, they made the "masa" or dough. Pictured below is Ashley getting some pointers on technique by one of our resident staff members, Natalia.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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After the student's first day of classes, they were sent into the community to use the Spanish they learned in a "real world" setting. We walked to a local market where the kids had fun checking out handmade crafts, trinkets, food and clothing. Ayize and Roman are pictured below with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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