#1 I love teaching! I have obviously loved teaching before, but I feel that the students really NEED me here. Students here (and everywhere) need teachers that are passionate like myself. The school experiences have been great! Throughout my time in Chile so far, I have had the opportunity to observe and teach lessons in Chilean classrooms. Each school that I have visited was different. In addition, I had the chance to interact with students, and ask/answer questions. Each time that I walked into a classroom, students gathered around me as if I was a movie star! Some of the differences that I was interested in include the large number of students in a classroom, the amount of supervision students had at recess, (students were so free!) and the amount of printed resources the classroom had available. Many of the classrooms that I observed did not have many books. However, when we donated picture books to the teacher's classroom, the teacher was so appreciative! I definitely fell in love with these schools.
#2 I have never been so happy in my life. This is definitely not an understatement. I am surrounded by my friends who I am traveling with, my professors, my host family, and the beauty of this country. If you look at any of the pictures of me on this trip, I promise that you will see nothing but smiles!
#3 I have made new friends on this trip! I really am getting to know other education majors! Throughout this experience, I especially got to know Liz, my classmate that I am staying with in Chile. In Chile, you can find us laughing, singing, dancing, and smiling! Liz and I really have similar personalities. She's a wonderful roommate and friend!
#4 I really, really, REALLY need to make it a priority to travel! If this is what makes me happy, then I obviously need to do it more!
#5 Spanish is difficult, but everyone here wants to show me. Nobody has given up on me! That really means a lot! No matter how many times it takes me to pronounce a word or spell a short word, everyone has been so patient!
#6 I have learned to build a stronger relationship with my professors and other students on this trip. I feel that we have known each other longer than we have! For example: I never really had the chance to talk with Dr. Schmidt before. Now, I feel that I can go to her for help! :)
#7 This travel experience is allowing me to be independent. I have been independently walking places and exploring. I love this sense of freedom!
#8 Life is short. With that being said, this trip is flying by! I need to embrace every second of this trip. I am not going to let this be a "once in a lifetime" experience. I will be back! I love it here!
#9 I've learned that I should spend more time being worry free. Life is better without being anxious.
#10 I can always come back to Chile! I don't want to leave this country, but when I do, I can just count down the days until I return!
Welcome to my blog!
My name is Claire and I am an undergraduate student in the Exceptional Education department at Buffalo State College. Please read my blog to stay updated on my travel experience! I am so excited to travel to Chile to get another perspective of education outside the United States! Stay tuned to learn all about my adventures in Santiago Chile!