Hey! So the past couple of days have been an extreme adjustment for me (well for everybody). Today, I woke up feeling pretty homesick and luckily I was able to speak with my sister. She always gives the most useful advice and was able to remind me that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and not to let it slip away.
Spanish class was mucho mejor today. I studied for a good 2 hours last night and my teachers said that they could tell. So slowly I am getting better at this whole living in Chile thing.
Today, I was able to work in a classroom today with 6th graders. The students had a project due which was a video of themselves cooking a recipe speaking in English and in Spanish. The videos were absolutely adorable and I was amazed that each student had to turn it in on a USB drive. I also noticed that just like in classrooms back home all of the students have iPhones and fidget spinners, some things never change.
The 1 hour bus ride to the school displayed quite a juxtaposition between the beauty of the Andes mountains and the extreme poverty of the area. I can't even put into words the beauty of the Andes, they are simply breathtaking. However, sitting at the base of them is a society whose people live with very little money and don't know any differently. I never expected to be in such a state of culture shock.
Hello! My name is Liz and I am a graduate student here at Buffalo State college majoring in special education. I am a certified New York State special education and elementary teacher.