Yesterday, Saturday, April 29th, officially marked three weeks until we embark on a journey that has awaited us all semester. I can’t begin to count the number of times I stopped to think, “Wait, we leave three weeks from today?” It is unreal that we have so little time left in the States to prepare ourselves culturally, academically, and financially as well. It feels like I just received the email telling me the incredible news that I have been accepted to participate in IPDS Chile 2017. I have continuously felt an incredible amount of certainty that this IPDS experience will change me for the better, as both a person and an educator.
I know that the semester flying by means that our time in Chile will do the same, but this only shows me how much I’ll need to absorb each and every second down in Santiago. I am feeling ecstatic, nervous, appreciative, anxious and so joyful pondering what I could possibly be about to experience.
Though I have been out of the country to Poland before, this will be my first academic-related travel abroad experience. Our group of nine girls (and our three incredible professors!) have spent the past few months growing as a cohort, group of teachers, and most importantly, as a family. I cannot wait to spend the three weeks together, immersing ourselves in all that Chile has to offer.
Of course, I am beyond thrilled to see our Universidad Mayor friends again very soon! I am glad we had the opportunity to meet them when they visited Buffalo in January & February – I am excited that they will be there to show us around the city!
Our host families, Chilean students, Universidad Mayor friends, the Andes Mountains, an endless amount of opportunity and lots of new foods to try (!!!) await us… Here’s to an experience of a lifetime!