It is hard to believe that in just two short weeks I will be more than 5,000 miles away from the one place I've always felt most comfortable; my own little bubble. This is the first time I will be flying outside of the U.S. without a family member occupying the seat next to mine. Yikes! There are so many emotions running through me. I am beyond nervous to travel, to put myself in a completely different country...one that I know little about. I am excited to spend three weeks in a beautiful country and get to know the other girls in the program who I will be traveling with and my host family. I am eager to see all that Chile has to offer, to learn and grow as a person, to meet new people and try new foods. I am so thankful to have already begun making connections and creating relationships with teacher candidates in Chile, especially my pen pal Christine, which helps ease my concerns!
Preparations for this opportunity began back in January. I've learned more about Chile, have started to brush up on the Spanish language (which I have not spoken since I was an 8th grader!), and I have began to build a foundation for teaching English learners. And now here we are. 14 more days. Time sure does fly.