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Hey there! So you're probably looking at traveling abroad for the summer, in that case let me congratulate you on being interested! I’m Marc from Dallas, TX and my experience with CIEE was phenomenal! I was in Valparaíso for a month and I don't regret starting the application. But I'm... Continue reading
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As of 8:30 pm today, I officially have only four days left in a city that has given the best experience of my life. Though, I was originally terrified to come to Chile. It was not even close to where I wanted to go. I wanted to go to somewhere... Continue reading
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This past month in Chile has truly been an incredible one, I can't believe we leave in 4 days! Though it has been challenging at times: from understanding Chilean slang words to taking the micro alone for the first time, it has also been such a rewarding experience: from watching... Continue reading
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One of the great things about this program is that the students actually get to practice what they learn in class by going into the community. Today, our level one and two students learned about the education system in Chile and compared it with the US system. After class, we... Continue reading
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Yesterday afternoon we resumed our English workshop with local Chilean high school students. Since they got over they first meeting awkwardness last week, this week went even more smoothly. The different groups made posters of their favorite things about Chile and played games. It was a fun afternoon! Continue reading
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We had another packed weekend! On Friday we went on a field trip to Santiago, the capital of Chile. We got to see some of the sights of the city, including a stop at the presidential palace, La Moneda, and a panoramic view of the city from the top of... Continue reading
Yesterday afternoon our students began their cueca workshop. Cueca is a traditional dance of Chile that mimics courtship. It's very playful cat-and-mouse style. Our kids had a blast! We aren't perfect yet, but we are getting there! Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Today our students began day one of their exchange with local Chilean high school students. Today's task was to do an English workshop with the students. Our students were broken into small groups and met with Chilean students who are learning English. After some introduction time, everyone started to get... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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This weekend we got to get out of the city and see some more of the beautiful Chilean countryside. It was stunning!!! We started our weekend off with some outdoor fun. We split into two groups... one went hiking and another went mountain biking around the valley. We finished off... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Yesterday we had our very own Chilean cooking workshop where we learned to make sopaipillas. Sopaipillas are very common street food. They are a squash-based flattened biscuit served with pebre, a topping similar to pico de gallo. In other words, they are delicious! The kiddos definitely had a blast both... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Today's theme both in class and in our cultural activity was the home. All levels practiced describing their homes using new vocabulary, colors, numbers, etc. After class, Levels 1 and 2 put their skills to the test during our "Into the Community" activity. Students visited local furniture stores where they... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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¡Buenos días! Yesterday students began their Spanish classes at the CIEE study center. All three levels of classes focused on greeting other people, introductions, and gathering information from others. In the afternoon, we visited the Naval Museum and the 21 de Mayo lookout point. It was a beautiful view!!!! Students... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
Yesterday we had a PACKED morning of different orientation activities... we talked about the rules of the program, cultural differences, types of transportation, etc. Our kids are good and ready to take on all that Valparaíso has to offer! Students were very anxious/excited to meet their host families. During the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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¡Ya llegamos! After a long day of flights, connections, questionable airplane food... we are finally here in Valpo! Today was a day to get in, get settled, eat some food, and most importantly... get to know one another! Our afternoon was spent doing a wide variety of very entertaining ice... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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What a bittersweet few days! We got to do some fun things this week. On Wednesday, our kids met with a local medical student to discuss the medical field here in the Dominican Republic. Students were able to hear about the medical school process as well as common illnesses and... Continue reading
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This afternoon our kiddos had the opportunity to visit a school for future peloteros--baseball players--here in Santiago. The school is run by Jochy, and it is far more than a baseball academy. First and foremost, Jochy and his team teach the kids to be good people who demonstrate discipline, commitment,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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What a week! This week we were able to have a dance class with our kiddos. They learned the basic steps and turns for salsa, merengue, and bachata. We had a blast! It took a little while to get our latin hips warmed up, but once we got into the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Good evening! Nick and I are happy to report that we started off week #2 here in Santiago with a bang! Once again, we were back at CONANI where we got to spend some quality time with the residents. One group went with some residents to the nearby park to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Today was an amazing day! We started our service work today at CONANI, an orphanage for kids with physical and mental disabilities. Our kids did awesome work there. One group went with some of the residents to play in a nearby park while another group stayed at the home to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Good morning! What a fun weekend we have had here in Santiago! We started our weekend off with a BANG with white water rafting. On Saturday, our kids got to meet the Dominican students with whom they will be working with... but this day was no work and all fun.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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