1) I have learned how passionate teachers are in Chile. As I mentioned in previous posts, teachers in Chile are responsible for a large number of children. Sometimes, the school day does not end until 6:00 pm. In Chile, teachers do not have a lot of planning time, but they make the most out of what they have. Getting involved with this educational experience has allowed me to see what a school setting looks like in another country. I feel so blessed to have this opportunity! While in Chile, I have opened my mind to other ways of teaching- even if they are unfamiliar.
2) I became closer with my Buffalo State classmates. Most of the classmates I am traveling with, I have only seen passing by in the hallway. Before, we said nothing more than "Hello." Now, I feel that we can talk more. This trip has allowed us to "break the ice" by getting to know one another.
3) I learned that I want to travel to other countries! I feel like a small grain of sand in comparison to this whole world. Why not expand my horizons and travel everywhere possible? When I come home, I definitely want to follow up on my Chilean Spanish, so I can better communicate when I return!
This experience has been everything that I hoped. I truly LOVE it here!...Can I stay?! Not only have I gotten to know other Buffalo State classmates, I have gotten to build relationships with my pen pal and other Chilean college students. Today, I was very emotional as I said goodbye to these students at the Universidad Mayor. I reassured them that I will be back to visit in the future! It was difficult to say goodbye because we have been so closely connected. We went shopping, out to lunch, gathered at each others colleges, and messaged on Facebook. I love Chile! Until next time!