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South America » Chile » O Higgins » Rancagua August 11th 2009

After watching my fellow volunteers succumb to various illnesses over the past two and a half months, I thought I was out of the woods and could relax. Not so. I finally fell yesterday. Luckily it seems to be just a 24-hour thing, as I was feeling much better today, but I stayed home out of fear for the kids health. At least that's what I'm telling them. Nothing much has happened in the past couple of weeks. After getting back from vacation it was hard to transition back into school, but routine is a devious mistress. Once you get back into it, it's hard to tell where time goes. Last weekend Cami and I went to a little town outside of Rancagua, called Coya, to go hiking for the day. It was a pretty big ... read more
wine tasting
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cami in the middle of nowhere.

South America » Chile » O Higgins » Rancagua July 29th 2009

I spent the past two weeks traveling up and down Chile. It was an incredible two weeks, full of adventures, misadventures, new people, new friends, and incredible sights. I started out from Rancagua on Thursday, July 9, traveling to Iquique, which is a beach city in the second region of Chile, so it's very far north. I was traveling with Kate and Kelly, two of the other volunteers also living in Rancagua, and our friend Scott met us up there. We didn't get to our hostel in Iquique until about 1.30 in the morning, but Kate and I accidentally ended up staying up until 6.30 hanging out with the hostel workers. They were all really young, and were sitting down in the bar area just hanging out and totally welcomed us into the hostel, and into ... read more
me and kate!
view from the top
boardwalk

South America » Chile » O Higgins » Rancagua July 15th 2009

Hello from San Pedro de Atacama, the driest desert in the world and Chile's pride and joy. We spent the last week in Iquique, which is a beach town in the Second Region. I flew up Thursday night with Kelly and Kate, two of the other volunteers, and we arrived to our hostel at 1.30 AM. The receptionist was so confused as to why we were so late in arriving, but when we explained that we were coming all the way from Rancagua he understood. Our other friend, Scott, took the bus up and met us there Friday morning...after 24 hours on a bus. That's why we flew. We spent the next three days, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, lying on the beach, taking naps, wading in the ocean, and walking through town. It was pretty glorious. ... read more

South America » Chile » O Higgins » Rancagua July 5th 2009

Another week down. Another month started. I can't believe that June has come and gone and yet it is still freezing cold here in the southern hemisphere. It's difficult to explain the weather down here. It's often colder inside than out, forcing me to wear layers upon layers of wool and fleece. I even sleep in wool socks. I usually teach in a tee-shirt, sweater, vest, and fleece jacket. I would wear my hat and gloves but i move around too much so my hat falls off and my hands get too sweaty in my gloves. It's funny because I'm always so cold, but you would think that having lived in Rancagua forever, like most of the teachers, they would be used to the lack of indoor heating by now, but all you hear in the ... read more

South America » Chile » O Higgins » Rancagua June 26th 2009

Hello to everyone who reads this, I know its been awhile since I last wrote, but my internet hasn't been working at home so I haven't really had access to the blog. But by popular demand I am back so here is a brief recap of what has been going on since I last wrote. School is still going well. The kids are absolutely crazy, and this week there have been a lot of students sick so my classes are really small, which is nice. Unfortunately, they also asked me how to say swear words in English, and I accidentally-on purpose taught them a couple....but I made them promise not to use them in class or ever. We'll see how long that lasts. This is a long weekend so we're going to Santiago for the night ... read more

South America » Chile » O Higgins » Rancagua June 13th 2009

First week of school is done and over with. What an experience. It's nice to finally get back into a routine again, even if it is still a little uncertain. I'm teaching eight different classes at the Liceo Comercial Diego Portales. It's a public high school just outside "downtown" Rancagua. I say "downtown" because Rancagua is a very small city, and the downtown area reminds me of an older Mercer Island, just in layout, not in content. It's a wonderful place, and I'm obviously still getting to know it, but I think that six months here is going to be awesome. So I'm teaching eight classes, four ninth grade, three tenth grade, and one eleventh grade. Per the rule of the Ministry of Education I also have to teach two workshops a week, so I have ... read more

South America » Chile » O Higgins » Rancagua June 8th 2009

Today was my first day at school, I'm teaching high school at the Liseo Comercial in "downtown" Rancagua. I woke up super early today and went with my host mom to the school. She's a history teacher there, so we went in together. My teacher has a late start on Monday's, he doesn't need to be there until 12.30, so I was kind of passed around and different people took me to classes and showed me around. I went to a class of sophomore's with one of the other English teachers and talked to them about myself and they asked me questions. My favorite was when they asked me about my sisters, because I told them I had two, and one of the boys asked me if they were as pretty as I was, and I ... read more

South America » Chile » O Higgins » Rancagua June 6th 2009

First day at the host family's house! They have been absolutely wonderful so far. I am living in the city of Rancagua, which is in the Sixth Region of Chile, just about one and a half hours south of Santiago. I'm going to start my week of observation in my school on Monday, and I will be teaching high schoolers, but I'm not yet sure what age. We just spent the last week in a hostel in Santiago with all the other crazy peeps who are here teaching, and last night they prepared a traditional Chilean asado (barbecue) for us all. It was pretty bomb food, and then turned into a crazy dance party. Rio and Petra, two of the program coordinators, were tearing up the dance floor. I loved. My host family consists of three ... read more
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South America » Chile » O Higgins » Pichilemu February 15th 2009

When I look back to my time in Pichilemu I will remember it for two reasons. Not only was it here where I surfed for the first time, but it was also my first time in the Pacific Ocean. Pichilemu is a beach town about three hours south of Santiago. The town here is packed with surfers as well as vacationers looking to get away from the city. An eight minute drive takes you to Punta de Lobos, an internationally known surfing beach famous for its giant waves. In the winter here, waves can reach between 8 to 10 meters high. Thats nuts! I luckily arrived here in good timing. This week there was a surf contest sponsered by Rip Curl as well as a small movie festival showing surf movies. I met Daniel and Cyna ... read more
Surfer
View from Dan and Cynas Cabana
Rip Curl Contest

South America » Chile » O Higgins » Santa Cruz January 24th 2009

We went back to Rengo and went to the Santa Cruz museum, there aren't many pictures of us inside as we were not allowed to take pictures in enclosed spaces, we took a sneaky picture and a security guard came running out of nowhere to tell us off! Santa Cruz is a small town that's about 1 hrs south of Rengo and it has the largest privately owned museum in Chile, the owner used to be an arms dealer :s. The next day we went to a place where we had a bbq and it had a swimmig pool in Rengo, it was the same place where I went the day before Andy arrived in December. ---------------------- ESPAÑOL Fuimos a Rengo y de ahí al museo de Santa Cruz, no hay muchas fotos de nosotros adentro ... read more
Andy driving a F2 Chilean car - Andy manejando un auto de formula 2 chileno
Pame & Carla
Andy getting onto a train - Andy subiendose al tren




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