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Yury Lorena Cuéllar Ramos

Colombia, Preschool Education, Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción

Colombia, Preschool Education, Universidad del Magdalena

Traveling to another country is a dream that many hope to accomplish, especially if given the opportunity to study abroad.

My destination was Chile. I had to face fears which invaded me: traveling to an unknown country, being away from my family, arriving to an institution where the demands and regulations were different. But in spite of my fears, I wanted to learn and understand the Chilean educational system; observe the different teaching strategies that were utilized, know more about the systematization, and how to establish educational research projects. This is because Chile has managed to maintain itself as the most competitive country in Latin American, as established by the Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013 presented at Geneva by the World Economic Forum (WEF ), which analyzed the situation of 144 countries.

My experience was unforgettable. My host city was Concepcion, the second largest city in Chile. The people there were friendly and very nice. The food at first was a bit of a culture shock, but I slowly adapted and recognized the variety of flavors in these dishes including “curanto” “calzones rotos” and “sopaipillas”. There are drinks like “pisco” which is very traditional and is available in many flavors, and delicious wines. We were able to visit several vineyards and see the work of the wine makers.

I visited places like Lotta Park , el Chiflón del Diablo, Cañete Museum, Laja Waterfall , and the snow-covered mountains of Chillán. Visiting Chillán was incredible for visiting the snow during its peak winter season. It’s magical to experience the four seasons during the year in some cities of Chile. During my semester abroad, I got to see three of these seasons.

I think it is very important to be able to experience another reality from the one we know, especially when we open up to new learning possibilities in which we all grow because every time a person is able to achieve a new experience, it can change both their vision and that of their family. In this way they can multiply their knowledge to improve their institution, community, or country.