Rotary Youth Exchange Program to Chile Past Review

By (Biology, Carleton College) for

Rotary Youth Exchange: Worldwide

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
YES. My mind has been significantly opened to other points of view, and I now have a much fuller understanding of the Latin American culture.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I was SO lucky! I had opportunities to go to Patagonia to see the Torres del Paine National Park and the extreme south, go to Peru and visit Machu Picchu, and even climb a volcano!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Be frugal!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Spanish 205
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

Almost no one spoke English, so it was complete immersion in the language and culture--this is what I felt I REALLY learned from the experience, more than the academic portion.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • International Students

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I highly recommend participating in an exchange program and studying abroad--HOWEVER, going with an open mind is an absolute must. If you feel slightly uncomfortable with a cultural experience, embrace it, because you are being a GOOD exchange student. Also, minimize contact back home--you only have a short time in your host country, to take advantage of it!