Can't recommend it enough! February 15, 2017

By (Duke University) - abroad from 08/22/2016 to 12/05/2016 with

SIT Study Abroad: Chile - Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Community Development

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I became more independent, more go with the flow, and got a broader perspective in seeing the bigger picture. Definitely worthwhile.

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.

This program was unlike anything I had ever experienced. I met such amazing people – host family, program staff, other students, etc. Valparaíso is such a fun and vibrant city, and I had a great time exploring the city and learning about Chilean culture and history. Definite highlights were the trip to a Mapuche community, improving my Spanish, and getting to explore Valpo with the friends I made.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Loved my host family so much!

* Food:

Was surprised with how much bread and potatoes Chileans eat -- definitely not what I envisioned. However, my host mom was a great cook!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

As my Spanish improved, I felt more and more comfortable in the local Chilean culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I had to go to the doctor once which was kind of chaotic, but the program staff were very helpful!

* Safety:

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

This program blew away all expectations I had. Such a special experience that I got to share with such amazing people.

Finances

* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? <$100 on average

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Advanced
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Intermediate-Advanced (Spanish 204 at Duke)
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Don't be afraid to make mistakes!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Host family
  • ISP/freedom
  • Trip to South
* What could be improved?
  • Food
  • Arica component of trip to North
  • Some afternoon lecturers
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Just about the food

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.