Santiago, Chile-
My first solo trip! (Well I was with a study abroad group, still counts?!) The summer after my freshman year of college I learned about studying abroad, for me, going for entire semester was going to work, so I found out about one month study abroad programs over summer. I was a psychology major so I started to narrow down programs that had psychology classes. I was emailed about an opportunity to go to Santiago, Chile with a professor from a small college in Colorado who taught psychology and was recruiting some of his previous students to join.

That next summer I packed up my bags and was off to South America! I met up with most of the other students at a layover on our way to Santiago. Once we arrive we got to meet our host families. Living with a host family was an amazing opportunity! I strongly suggest everyone trying to do this if they truly want to learn the culture, I weren’t grocery shopping, did household chores, and everything else a “normal” South American family would do. My host family was so welcoming and even though they did not speak one word of English and I spoke barley any Spanish, we became so close.

To be continued.. (sorry again)