Just an Update

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Just a little update here. I know it has been awhile but tomorrow is my last day of school!!!! I am going to miss my high school and all my friends, but that just means I’m getting close to my leave date!!

I am currently in the process of doing a mountain of paperwork to get my visa. I have turned in all my documents, but I am still waiting to get my FBI background check back. I also still have to fill out my visa application. I am getting really close though, and in about a month or so (depending on how long it takes me to get my FBI background check back) I will go visit the Chilean Consulate in San Francisco!!

Talking to my host family has been really great, and I have been getting to know my host sister, Florencia, although the chances of actually meeting her are slim, because she is going on an exchange in Germany!

My next, and final, outbound orientation is on July 21st! I’m very excited to get my blazer and sad to say goodbye to the inbounds. My summer will be semi-busy due to trips to Eastern washington, traveling to California to get my visa, and hopefully a visit to my sister. I cannot wait till summer starts!!!!

Although my Rotary Blazer will be a bit to small (I’ve been working out 💪), and my heart will be weighed down with the heaviness of leaving my family for 10 months, I am very excited to be arriving in Santiago, Chile on August 20th!!!!

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Host Family #1

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I am so excited!!! Last week I got an email for my host mom. I found out that I will be living in Talca, Chile approximately 3 hours from Chiles capital, Santiago. I will also be attending Colegio San Jorge Talca for my schooling.I will have 2 host siblings, but my host sister Florencia will be an exchange student in Germany the year I am there, and my host brother attends college in Santiago so I will be *technically* an only child. Although both my host siblings speak English, nether of my host parents do, so I am looking forward to the challenge of speaking only in Spanish!! 

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Orientation #1

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So I’m putting this up a little late but on March 12 I have my first rotary orientation. We were supposed to be there at 9 o’clock of course I don’t like being late, so I was there at 8:40. We met at a community college in our district. When I got there there was a bunch of tables facing the front with the projector screen on and in the back were all sorts of snacks and drinks. So about 9 o’clock or little bit before that the Rotary District’s Exchange chair went up and started off the presentation. We covered a lot of stuff about the exchange. We talked about the insurance and about getting her visas. We also talked about what to do if you were in a situation that was bad or if someone is harming you. Then we talked about the 4 D’s, which are no drinking, no driving, no drugs, no dating. After that we took a short break and got to socialize with the other exchange students, the different people involved in rotary within the district, and returning exchange students. Then we all got back together and we did some role-playing. All the students were to go to a different set of parents then their own and the parents were supposed to be host parents, and they asked us questions about American government. we even stayed with them and brainstorm different gifts we could give our host family’s. Afterwords, some past exchange students came up and told us different things about their exchange. They told us how much electronics they brought and their favorite thing about the exchange. They also told us they least favorite thing about the exchange and how they handled spending money. We then chatted for about another 10 minutes by yourselves then the students going on exchange for the summer left and the long term exchange students were served lunch. We had sandwiches and fruit and cookies and different drinks for lunch (it was about 45 minutes) and then we split up again. This time the parents went back to the main conference room and all the students in the past rotary students stayed in the lunch area. There the parents got to talk to some parents who hosted and who had their child on exchange, while we talk to the exchange students about their life while on exchange and any questions we have. When we all go back together we got a packet that gave us the first night of questions with her host family in the language that we are going to be speaking. Then we got a packet that explained our rotary research assignment (a large assignment where we research our country in a specific way). After that we left. I found the orientation fun, informative, and well organized. And my next orientation is in May! 

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Chile!

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Hey guys! I am going to Rotary District 4340 in Chile!! I am super excited! I now have a whole new batch for paper work to fill out. We have to buy insurance  (through a certain agency. It is very easy and there is a direct link to fill it out on the web).  This cost is deducted from the total $5000. Also we have to get my visa. They said the company will email me and we will talk more about it at our orientation. Speaking of orientation, mine is in march. I heard that 6 exchange students are being sent from our district. Can’t wait for more news!

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Chile?

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Hey guys! I might be going to Chile! Right now my district is putting out offers to the other countries. I told them that the #1 country I want to go to is Peru and the #2 country I want to go to is Chile. Then I told them if I cannot go to either of those countries then just send me to a Spanish-speaking country. Last night when I was handing in my paper work I was told that they put an offer in for me in a district a little bit away from Santiago, Chile! I cannot wait to find out the concrete answer to where I am going though. I also found out that my first outbound orientation is in the 1st week of March! I am super excited! Anyway, I have Finals come up and I have to go study sacar una buena nota (to get a good grade).

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Rotary Interview #2

Hola. So today I had my district interview with rotary. I think it went really well. After stopping at Starbucks  for coffee, we checked in and my parents and I put on name tags. The interviews were being held at a local church, so all of the applicants were herded into one of the main chapel rooms to wait. While we were waiting to be interviewed, the past and present rotary exchange students told us about their experiences and answered any questions that we had. The applying students were pulled out of the chapel, one by one, for an interview with 3 members of the rotary district. The questions were very similar to the questions asked by our host club. Some of the questions they asked were:
– Why do you want to go?
-Will you be home sick while you are gone, and how will you handle it?
– Are you comfortable with public speaking?
-What are the branches of the US government?
-What current events or policy do you know about?
-What are your hobbies or activities you’re involved in?
– Do you speak any foreign languages and where are you interested in going?

After about 45min to 1 hour I went out and grabbed my parents and we spoke with the interviewer’s for about 15 more minutes. When we were done with that portion we went back to the chapel and listened to more stories about past and present exchange students lives. About 15 minutes later we were called out for another interview. This interview was the final interview. In this interview we discuss the cost of the trip. We also discussed what country wanted to go to and I turned in the paperwork I filled out. Now all that’s left to turn in is my medical and dental forms and a copy of my passport. Obviously over time there will be more paperwork for me to do, but for now I am good to go. I’m very very excited in a month or so I will find out what country I’m going to. I have already talked to my Rotary Youth Exchange officer and he said I am definitely going. In August I will be leaving for a year. Although I’m very excited I think the fact that I’m actually leaving is starting to set in. I will miss my family immensely but I am glad for the opportunity to represent my club and district in another country.
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Rotary Interview #1

Hello again! So yesterday was my rotary interview. I think it went very well. The interview lasted about an hour and a half. They asked me questions about my life, like the activities I participate in at school, and if I have done any public speaking. 3 people from my club came to interview me. One thing I can say about rotary is they are definitely very accommodating. I got very quick responses and even the more important members of the club like the president answered in a day or two. So far I have talked to many past and present rotary exchange students and they have all always answered all of my questions and were very helpful. If this is something you are looking into, don’t be afraid to research and ask lots of questions. I know I did. My district interview is on January 9th. The district interviews usually consist of 3 separate interviews with 3 panels for about 20 minutes each, and then you rotate to a new panel while your parents come after you and interview with your previous panel. You will be scheduled for a random time to interview during the 3-4 hour period and while you are waiting, you talk to past exchange students and current exchange students. I will fill you in again after my district interviews. Adiós ✌️