Blogs from Horcon, Valparaíso Region, Chile, South America

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South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region » Horcon July 30th 2010

Hello everyone. I just want to let you all know that I have a TON of experiences and photos to share with you but we, my hermano and I , are having computer issues right now. If I must I will copy the photos and try to upload them from a public computer but for now I am waiting a little longer to see if we can't fix the problem. Coming up: Termas de Chillan, San Pedro de Atacama, and a real sand storm in the driest desert on earth. Hope everyone back home in the states is doing well. Miss you all. ... read more

South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region » Horcon June 29th 2010

As I write this I am sad to say that Chile and the USA are out of the running for the World Cup. It was fun while it lasted and we basically had an unofficial holiday each day Chile had a game. Each class brought in a TV for the room and watched the game. I watched with my 4 HC group. Grade levels go from 1-8 Basico and then 1-4 Medio. We have three "magnet programs" at our school- Electricity/Electronics, Buisness Administration, and Humanities, which is just like regular high school. I am including pictures of the last game we watched at school and how we celebrated Chile's win. Viva Chile!... read more
1 TPA
8 Basico
4 HC

South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region » Horcon June 20th 2010

I can hardly believe I have been living in Chile for 3 months now. That is a quarter of a year! Things have just begun to fall into routine at school and we are almost to winter break. I wonder what exactly I will accomplish in one school year here when I only see each student once a week and oftentimes that one class is canceled because, you know, Chile is in the World Cup and we can't expect the students to be in class while the games are on. :) I am looking forward to the winter vacation as a time to assess where I would like to go with the students in the second semester and to do quite a bit of traveling, which will supply many pictures for this blog. ... read more
La Ventana at Sunset
For Pops
Corrie and I

South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region » Horcon May 28th 2010

Chile recently celebrated it's victory in the War of the Pacific where they basically took land from Boliva and Peru, causing Bolivia to be the land locked country it is today. Boliva is still protesting to get this land back. There were marches all over the country and that included my school. For 5 days leading up to the parade the students practiced marching around the courtyard. This all took place during school hours disrupting all classes, but that is another blog entry. School all over the Puchuncavi community (our "county") came to participate in the march down the main road in Ventanas and the WHOLE town was there to watch it. It was a BIG deal. :) After marching with my students down the street I was greeted with hugs and congratulations for my first ... read more
Our Band
Everyone Line Up
Day of the Parade

South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region » Horcon May 15th 2010

Today it is raining. It was also raining yesterday. Here in Chile when it rains, life stops. Children do not go to school. Buses are less frequent. No one goes anywhere. Jeremy and I were going to make lunch today but Papa is insists we do it another day because we can't possibly go food shopping. . . it's raining! We do have to go to another town for a grocery store but are we supposed to sit in the house all day again?? I guess so. It is good, I guess, because I can update this blog. :) Last Monday was Student's Day at C.E.S.A. It is sort of like a Homecoming week rolled into one day. There were no classes and Jessica (the Chilean English teacher) and I were judges for the multitude of ... read more
Go White Team
One of the Four Legged Students
White Team Dancing

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South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region » Horcon May 11th 2010

It is easy to show all things bright and beautiful here in Chile. I am fortunate to travel every weekend almost and see all the awesome sights. But things are not all easy here. Things are not all beautiful either. I work in a very good public school, C.E.S.A., and work with some awesome people but the school system here is in need of serious change. I will start posting my regular days so that you can all see what I do. I walk to school every morning at 7:45. I would like to arrive earlier at school to prepare for my 8 am class but there is no one at school to unlock the classrooms before 7:55 so I arrive with everyone else. I pass pretty much the same dogs everyday. Some days more, some ... read more
My Street
Some of my neighbors
Down the Hill

South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region » Horcon April 28th 2010

On Saturday my friend Heather Tang came to visit and ended up staying the night as did our friend Bennett. We had a great time all together and visited Maitencillo and Horcon before watching the Colo Colo vs U. de Chile game on Sunday with our family and our host brother, Wildo, his wife, Claudia and Martin. Colo Colo won!!!... read more
Walking down to Playa Cau Cau in Horcon
Playa Cau Cau
If only it weren't autumn!!

South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region » Horcon April 19th 2010

Just some pictures of the walk Jeremy and I took the other day by the rock formation that gives our town its name. Ventanas is interesting right now. Many places are only open Jan and Feb for the summer crowds. It is nice for the owners but for people who live here year round, it leaves little for entertainment. Many walks to the rocks are in store. . . :)... read more
Sunset
By the Beach
On the Beach

South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region » Horcon April 18th 2010

We left our hostel in Santiago at 6 am not knowing what we would find in Vina del Mar when we arrived. We knew our regional coordinator was supposed to meet us at the bus station but we had never seen or even talked to this Monica person. We arrived around 9 am and at first saw no one there to meet us. Just as we were getting nervous Monica arrived with besos for each of us. We were taken to a Ministry of Education building still not knowing what to expect and found a large group of people waiting for us. Having had no sleep and just getting off of a bus we were presented in a welcoming ceremony with our host parents and our host teachers. What a relief to meet Bernardo and Maria! ... read more
Headed to Our New Home
Ventanas from the House
Jeremy and Papa

South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region » Horcon December 18th 2009

I had an open week between two of my finals so rather than taking the free time to study, my friend and I decided to beach it. I met her at her house with a backpack filled with a bathing suit, book and flipflops. We went to the bus station said, "ok, so where is somewhere cheap, close and on the beach??". We ended up taking buses from one little beach town to the next, most of which werent too exciting to be completely honest. We ended up staying in Concón and Horcon, since there really wasn't anything around there we went to our regular stomping ground- Viña del Mar y Valparaiso. There are pictures in here from that little get away along with some other random pictures from my time here.... read more
Aves
Neverending Road
Flores




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