I find myself resorting to speaking Spanish whenever I can because that was my way of life for three weeks and in a way, it made me feel very accomplished. Prior to my travels, I knew a little bit of Spanish because I took years of it in high school and I have traveled to Mexico numerous times. What I did not know was how different the Chilean dialect was and how much Spanish I would learn from just immersing myself in in the culture. Being back in the States, I really try and continue my Spanish skills and sometimes slip a few Spanish words in conversation. Or without even realizing it, I will order my coffee in Spanish just like I did often while in Chile.
I really miss all of the wonderful friends that I made while in Santiago and I often think about what they are doing while I am back to my old boring life of working, working, and oh yeah... some more working. Around 9am, I think to myself " Oh, I should be in Spanish class right now learning and growing, but instead I am working a 9 hour day just to make ends meet." I truly do miss the life I lived for three weeks in Chile and really hope that one day I can go back again. Traveling abroad and teaching in a different country really put this "travel bug" inside of me and I absolutely plan on doing another IPDS program- specifically the Zambia, Africa program. I want travel the world and further explore different cultures around the world. I want to enhance my professional development and better myself as an educator by gaining real life experiences that I can bring into my future classroom but most importantly, I want to make a difference in the world and inspire those around me. I will be forever blessed that I was given this amazing opportunity and I know that this is only the beginning for me.
I want to personally thank everyone who has supported me along the way and continued to be my positive encouragement when I needed it.