Short Stories,Long Country Issue 4 A collection of experiences from 2011 WorldTeach volunteers in Chile
Table of Contents3 Message from our Field Director4 In the Classroom10 Host Families ―You are the storyteller of13 Travel your own life and you can create your own legend18 Comida Chilena or not.‖22 Grafiti Chileno -Isabel Allende24 ReflectionsLetter from the EditorsHere it is! The fourth edition of Short Stories, Long Country—WorldTeach Chile‘s biannual newsletter! It has been bittersweetcreating this edition, but we hope that the end product issomething representative of all the WorldTeach Chile volunteers.We have high expectations! If your world is not rocked to the coreby this newsletter, you‘re reading it wrong.In all seriousness though, we would like to thank several people formaking this newsletter (and more importantly this experience)possible: our friends and family, for their continued support; ourfellow volunteers, for helping us assemble this newsletter; and lastbut not least, the WorldTeach support staff, especially our awesomefield director, Heather Tang! This experience has been one of akind, and of course, we would be remiss to not note the one thingtying all us gringos together: Chile. This is a country that is nevershort of interesting stories—from the unique culture, to thestunning geography, to the all the wonderfully warm and welcomingpeople. We have been incredibly lucky to have spent even amoment here, let alone lived and worked here for months.Viva Chile!Please enjoy this issue of SSLC, y lectura feliz!Your SSLC editors,Chika & Eva
Message from ourField DirectorAnother Chilean school year is coming to a close and onceagain, our valiant WorldTeach volunteers have danced moreCha Cha Slides, slapped more high fives, and clucked likechickens more than they could have ever imagined. Theirstudents have enjoyed the benefits of learning English froma gringo as well as sharing culture, laughter, and perhapsjust a little gossip about Justin Bieber. With theomnipresent student movement for a change in the publiceducation system in progress since June, 2011 wasdefinitely an interesting year to be a part of the Chileanschool community. July bid farewell to half of our firstWorldTeach familia arrivals but also welcomed seven newfaces, ready to take on the their roles as teachers in theirschools, members in their host families, and culturalambassadors in Chile. From Valparaíso to Bio Bío, thesevolunteers have made the most of their experiences in thisamazing country and formed memories and relationshipsthat they will cherish for a lifetime. With our partnershipwith English Opens Doors coming to an end this year, thisis the final issue of Short Stories, Long Country withWorldTeach functioning in this capacity in Chile. In thefollowing pages, you will relive the past year through theeyes of our truly wonderful group of dedicated volunteerteachers. We hope that one day we can return to Chile andcontinue our exchange, as to become a part of this cultureand people is an experience well worth it. Disfruten!Heather TangWorldTeach is a non-profit, non-governmental organization based at theCenter for International Development at Harvard University thatprovides opportunities for individuals to makea meaningful contribution to internationaleducation by living and working as volunteer 3teachers in developing countries.
Revolución de EducaciónEn Tomaby Ryan Mosser Imagine yourself back in high school. What failed system. A recent poll showed that 89 At the high school where I teach, over 100were your priorities- fleeting romances, sports, percent of Chileans support student students directly participated in a takeover ofparties, fitting in? Maybe grades and college? demands for educational reform. Hundreds the school that lasted for a month. TheMaybe you chafed under the authoritarian of schools, both secondary and universities,and arbitrary rule of adults a bit, especially have been en toma (physically taken overafter getting suspended for wearing a and occupied by students in protest), and “Essentially, it‟s a system thatbackpack during school hours (guilty)? How every week there are massive marches all brutally affects the poor and,about organizing on a national level to fight a over the country. They are protesting a on a broader scale, stiflesdeeply stratified and broken educational system where the privileged attend private national growth andsystem that punishes the poor and working schools, those who can scrape together the development.”class? What‘s that, you were looking for an money send their children to semi-privateolder sibling to buy Mike‘s Hard Lemonade for schools, and the rest attend dramaticallyFriday night? under funded public schools. This last students had a focused list of local The ongoing student protests for improved group, the majority, has little hope of demands, and are still in the process ofpublic education in Chile have received obtaining the minimum score on the SAT- negotiating with the mayor. As deadlines forrelatively little attention in the United States. equivalent to go to college. Of those who do small physical improvements pass, theWith events such as the riots in London, fall of then go college, students‘ families are students initiate small two-hour strikesGaddhafi in Libya, collapse of the Greek obliged to pay 85% of tuition to even state- that disrupt the school day in order to stateeconomy, and ―upcoming‖ presidential supported universities regardless of clearly that they will not accept inaction.election in the US, perhaps it is to be economic means, leading to crushing At my school, the students support theexpected. amounts of debt for years. Essentially, it‘s a national cause of better public education, However, I see in Chile a distinctly positive system that brutally affects the poor and, on but also have a list of basic improvementsforce in the movement, as thousands of a broader scale, stifles national growth and that are fundamental to safety andstudents demand greater results from a 5 development.
health. Many of these could be solved by $1,000 and a Sodimac (think Lowe‘s orHome Depot), but have not been addressed even with a grant to the school at thebeginning of the year. The students want to know where the money went, and Icannot say that I blame them. Their behavior during the takeover was absolutelyimpeccable, with no destruction whatsoever to the school. I have no conclusion tothe story, as this struggle continues on a week-to-week basis. I think the fundamental question for a country, “For Chile, a developing country with whether Chile or the United significantly less resources and States, is how to make a people, this investment is all the more better future. As millions of important to its future success.” people all over the world have answered in the past, thestudents here in Chile see equitable education as the answer. The UnitedStates, regardless of the economic downturn, is the richest country in the worldand can choose quite easily to invest in education in a meaningful way. In fact,over the past 50 years we have built an enviable system of public education(albeit with deep racial and socioeconomic flaws that we should continue toimprove). I truly hope that we continue to make education for all a priority, andnot a budget scapegoat. For Chile, a developing country with significantly lessresources and people, this investment is all the more important to its futuresuccess. As thousands upon thousands upon thousands of students andcitizens are in the streets here to make that message loud and clear, one can‘thelp but be inspired to think that we can always do better in Chile, the UnitedStates, or anywhere else in the world. “We are guilty of many errors and many faults but our worst crime is abandoning the children, neglecting the fountain of life. Many of the things we need can wait. The child cannot. Right now is the time his bones are being formed, his blood is being made, and his senses are being developed. To him we cannot answer Tomorrow. His name is Today.” -Gabriela Mistral 6
Classroom StoriesBesos for Booksby Crystal Chandy Books in Chile are very expensive and thus not readily available as they are in Overheard in the Classroomthe United States. There are several reasons for this, like book-taxes and high ―Do you know the Jonas Brothers?‖ How old are you?‖ Student‘spublishing costs. In a country working towards the creation of a better response: ―I am fine.‖educational system, the lack of reading materials puts students at a ―Why do you say youre welcomedisadvantage. A used paperback (which wouldn‘t go for more than a dollar in the after thanks, when welcome means Student‘s reply to everything,United States) can easily be priced at five to eight dollars in Chile. Now imagine bienvenidos?‖ including, ―Stop it and sit down!‖: ―What‘s up, man?‖the price of brand new, Spanish textbooks (which are oftentimes more expensive ―Hi. I‘m angri!‖ Intercepted notethan English counterparts, having translation royalties incorporated into the from a student, who was asked to After teaching students a series ofprice): schools simply don‘t have enough books to foster reading among kids. move desks after repeatedly talking quips for Slang of the Day at the In one of my classes, the students took part in an activity where they listed out of turn in class (angry was a beginning of the semester, hearingreading books as one of the most expensive leisure activities. As someone who vocabulary word). them tacked on to the end of everyloves to read, this is a great tragedy! Therefore another Ministry volunteer and I conversation in English.started a program called ―Besos for Books‖. We ask people who have books they ―I live sleeping. I do not live school.‖ ―How are you? Boo yah!‖want to recycle or throw away, to instead send them to Chile. Any and all types - Student, meaning to say like. ―What time is it? Burn!‖of books are needed: teacher resources, novels, history books, art books, music ―Where are you from? Oh snap!‖ Students butchering the themebooks, etc. Teachers and students alike lack materials! It costs $50 to ship a song to ―Happy Days.‖ They quicklypackage filled with books at 20 pounds off to Chile. We plan to distribute these Several of students struggle to got better though.books amongst the EFL teachers in order to help furnish libraries in public and remember the word ―skateboard,‖semi-private schools. but all can produce ―Bart Simpson.‖ ―You‘re not the boss of me now! In return for books, students and teachers that ―Besos for Books‖ works with You‘re not the boss of me now andwill send a big BESO (KISS) to you as a thank you. (A beso is the traditional you‘re nosobiiii…‖ –Student takingChilean greeting and good-bye). it upon himself to learn the theme song from ―Malcolm in the Middle‖Please spread the word about our program.The students here would really appreciate your help! ―Miss, cuando voy a conocer mis suegros?‖ (Miss, when am I going to Please ship all books to the following address: meet my in-laws?). Student beforeEnglish Department c/o Suzuki Koda meeting a volunteer‘s AmericanEOD Volunteer: Colleen Hall parents. 7323 Yerbas Buenas StreetValdivia, Chile
Winter CampsThe Warmth of Winterby Trey ThompsonSnug and secure in Hosteling International, With rousing karaoke and a raucous talent showWarm rooms and bad food, both came with camaraderie. We bid students farewell; again we would go.Over orientation we learned about MINEDUC and Chile This time to Monte Patria, high in the hills.Welcoming us to begin our journey We glimpsed snow-capped peaks from our lonelyBut we werent meant to stay. cabanasFor just five nights we rested our heads, And planned out a week for just forty new learnersThen re-packed out bags, pulled sheets from our beds Ringed by mountains in this tiny townAnd were off to Viña. Young voices were teaching not to bully, not to clown. Nights lit by the Southern Cross and Milky Way.Others would travel far and wide, while weNeeded but 90 minutes to first view the South Pacific. Two very different settings, and quite different weeksIn orderly Viña, Liceo Columbia had seen better days But the sameness was most stark.One hall abandoned to last years quake; Minnows and sharks, ninjas and robots,Tired classrooms, worn concrete, cracked but not broken. Singing songs, making posters, and scavenger hunts,But with 110 students, all eager to speak Lunches together, which were far-from-inspired,And 12 volunteers would would take on the week, Field trips to cerros, either crowded or green,It blossomed with wild oranges, yellow submarines, and And remolinos galore, to spread our message of esteem. optimus purple. Blue shirts swimming through seas of orange. 8
Some students spoke with great easeWhile others would struggle;But all built friendships with the vols, with each other.And all through the weeks, as we taught and played games,We built skills to teach our new studentsBetween the games, the chats, the bromas.Ready to teach, despite miles, despite paros, despite tomas;We again joined new schools, spreading confidence, excitement, and knowledge. About Winter Camps: Created by the Chilean Ministry of Education, total immersion English Winter camps occur every summer and winter vacation. Camps are designed to give motivated Chilean high school students the chance to practice English in a more hands on way, as well as to provide opportunities for students to work with volunteers/native speakers. This is done through interactive activities including role-playing exercises, field trips, group projects, and competitive games. Camps take place over the course of one week in locations all over Chile. Volunteers were given the opportunity to get to know other parts of Chile beyond their placements. For many members of the WorldTeach familia, this was their first hands on experience with Chilean students. 9
En la Casa Sonrisa Ancha by Alexander Lokey shoulders, saying loudly, ―Cilantro!‖ We Petite as a button and dignified as running I would like to begin with my father, Raul then walked into the kitchen and (in water, Senora Cartes works very hard. I―Chico‖ Flores. When I first met Senor Little Spanish) he said, ―This was not imagine her afterlife to be a well-deservedFlowers, he told me that a man from our kitchen.‖ eternal foot massage de los dios suspodunky, rustic mountain town of Quirihue He pointed at his right eyeball, then to mismos. They will do her five loads of laundryhad once fought against Napoleon. the ceiling and proceeded to rigidly and insist—Insist, dammit!— that they do no In my broken Spanish, I told him I play convulse his body—was this supposed to be need help with any of it, nor the huge mid-dayguitar and I don‘t like yogurt. the Earthquake Dance? He cackled at my lunches between work shifts. They will So we played guitars, and we didn‘t eat slight pause, and yelled, ―My son!‖ send her on adventures outside the Aboveany yogurt. With his eyes shut, he wrapped We totally hit it off. World while they sweep the dust off the cloudhis arms around his encumbering tops. Their only alone time will be at midnightinstrument like a koala to an over-girthed “He put his guitar facedown on with ―Quien Quiere Ser Un Millonario?,‖eucalyptus. Singing ―Te Recuerdo Amanda‖ the couch, raised his fists in the nursing sad cups of tea. Every day, everyin perfect baritone, I watched his Adam‘s air and yelled, „Alexander!‟ ” single eensy-weensy trans-dimensionalapple dance playfully under the baby pudge microsecond, they will appreciate her.of his clean-shaven face. He smiled the Her patience stretches for miles—eh-hem,whole time he sang, as if in on a secret to a It always happens in that meandering excuse me, kilometers. Her patience stretchesvery simple truth. He smiled as if his belly order, an unpredictable Mad-Lib setting further than wormholes. My success rate inwas bursting with tickly butterflies, where any scenario seems like a fill-in-the- understanding everyday Spanish ismetamorphing into hummingbirds, or blank. Example: ―Dinner tonight was tasty approaching 49 percent. Even so, if she seestechnicolor baby pterodactyls. and [adjective].‖ Dinner tonight was tasty that I do not understand what she is saying toHe put his guitar facedown on the couch, and… adjective… Let‘s think, hmm… me, she will continue speaking with herraised his fists in the air and yelled, Musical! Yes, ―Dinner tonight was tasty arsenal of synonyms and tenses. She won‘t―Alexander!‖ He walked me over to the and musical,‖ because my father danced even blink. Then she will give me more food.dinner table and pointed at a green garnish around the kitchen playing a flute, and I Her ear-to-ear-and-back-again smile never 11dish next to a packet of mayo. He stood on ate a hot dog covered in avocado and ceases. Enamel sunshine.his tippy-toes and put his arm around my mayonnaise. ***
Activities to Entertain Your on the floor and flop their legs occasionally.One time I bought a stupid little hand towel, Also an excellent opportunity to expose themthinking that it was a regular bath towel (my Hermanos: A List to angry hip-hop music.limited Spanish often leads me to unwanted By Emily Waufordknick-knacks). It dried just fine, but it made • Take a break from hermano time to read aloin cloths seem like monk robes. My book outside. Watch as they come up withpredicament was simple: After drying, I their own activities to keep you from readingwould change into my clothes in the your book at all costs. These activities couldbathroom. Peachy as two peaches. include: hiding and then continually callingRegardless, it was my stupid little contingent your name until you try to come find them,towel for when my ―man-towel‖ was being crawling underneath the entire house to popwashed, so I hardly needed it. When she up beneath the staircase youre sitting on,discovered my stupid little towel, she was and throwing miscellaneous items out of theperplexed. I didn‘t know how to explain to second story window at you claiming that it isher that I could not really afford another one, raining stuff.nor reveal my shame. •Spend an hour throwing all the "stuff" itI now have four big contingent towels. "rained" back to the hermanos in the second *** story window before the dog can get a hold of When my father mentioned that our kitchen it and eat it.was never a kitchen, he meant that the back • Make food. When there isnt much in thehalf of the house collapsed in the earthquake fridge, you of course will go for scrambledof 2010. Improvising, they turned a eggs. You throw in some of the pepper thatremaining room into a kitchen, and moved your mom mailed you from home, whichthe debris to the furthest part of their •Play every card game known to man, though causes the hermanos to have a conniption fitbackyard. They masked the destruction witha makeshift black tarp fence, but the ones that involve slapping cards are preferable. since pepper is "way too spicy." This will lead Three person spit is a favorite as you get to to a pepper-eating contest.remnants of old memories still peek out overin piles. hear a lot of ESPEET! •Learn how to dance cueca. The plus side is Last Sunday morning, I watched my father • Play fetch with the dog with a plastic bottle. that the hermanos have to demonstrate onplant my mother purple and yellow each other, and will spend at least twentytulips. She was sleeping. Not knowing really • Spend an hour and a half trying to retrieve minutes arguing over who has to be the girlhow to, he had made me bacon (I finally the plastic bottle your hermano accidentally before one of them caves and prances aboutfound some in Chile!). When she woke he threw over the fence into the neighbors yard with a scarf tied around his head.was waiting by the door to the backyard to with a 6-foot long pole, a nail, and a plastic bag. • Mess with the family cat. And by "mess with"show her. I mean throw it up into the air and see if it I nibbled on little scraps of bacon char • Learn how to dance ballet while listening to can land on its feet every time.while they embraced next to the flower Lady Gaga, inevitably devolving into ice-skatinggarden. on the wood floors in your socks. • Arts and crafts: make gravestones for the deceased family cat. You have to use pink and • Kick a shoe at the fence. The shoe is a make green paper since those are the only colors shift soccer ball. The fence is a makeshift goal. that are left. Appropriate since the cats name Every time you can kick the shoe all the way to was Pinki, but that is lost on your brothers, the fence, the US loses to Chile in the World who have no idea what the word "pink" Cup final. Again. means. 12 • Try to lead an abs workout class. This will • Chop firewood. Straight up. These boys lead to you doing abs while your hermanos lie have to learn how to become men somehow.
PucónPucónby Crystal Chandy After a long trek, I finally reached a turn in Chilean Bucket List the road. There was a house on the corner A long weekend came up and I felt restless. • Visit the Atacama Desert with livestock outside and clothes hanging onI wanted to make the most of my time here in • Subrir a mountain and/or volcano the line. An old man came out and greetedChile and the idea of staying at home was not • See the fjords of the southone I wanted to entertain. Somehow I • Attend a premier-league soccer game “I hopped on a bus and it droppedstumbled upon Pucón. My host family • Find a way to see the sunset in Quintay me on the side of the highway nearwarned me about the cold weather there (the collectivos stop running at 7:15pm)since it is further south, but I had made up a bunch of grazing sheep. • Travel to Chiloémy mind to go. Good thing I did! Only in Chile!” • Stargaze in the north A short 6-hour bus ride south of Cabrero is • Hike in PatagoniaPucón—a westernized tourist town amidst the me. He had no teeth and his clothes were • Visit the host springs in Pucónmountains, volcanoes, and lakes. It‘s disheveled. He approached me and told me I • Dance the cueca successfullyabsolutely beautiful! I walked around the city had to pay him 500 pesos to continue on my • Watch a rodeoalone for many hours that first day falling in journey. I was very confused but after • Visit Torres del Painelove with everything there was to do and see debating my options for a minute—make a • Visit Tierra del Fuegothere: the black sand beaches along the lake, run for it or pay the man— I decided to givethe artisan vendors set up in the Plaza, the him the money. There didn‘t seem to be anhandicraft stores along Avenida Fresia, and easy way to get around him and 500 pesosthe most impressive, the active Volcan wasn‘t going to buy him a new dental plan.Villarrica, where you can see smoke piping Every peso of the 500 pesos was worth it,from the top of it on a clear day. as the Ojos del Caburgua simply exuded I spent the next day hiking and exploring tranquility.the area. My family had suggested I find the When I returned to Pucón, I walked aroundwaterfalls known as the Ojos del Caburgua. the town a little more. I browsed stores with 14I hopped on a bus and it dropped me on the hand-knit ponchos, popular Chilean games,side of the highway near a bunch of grazing and native Mapuche carvings. I eventuallysheep. Only in Chile!
found myself in the most artistic store. overnight, figure out what buses to takeEverything in the store was made of nails, and when, and order at restaurants.screws, and other hardware manipulated to Now, I was talking to a shop owner aboutform people and things. There were things he sold in his store… in Spanish!motorcycles, cueca dancers, rock climbers,soccer players, snowboarders, dentists,teachers, and even Michael Jackson! My “I was conversing in Spanish withfavorite was a display known as borrachos, much less effort than ever before!where nails had been sculpted into people I‟m telling you, there is somethingwho were obviously inebriated. There were magical about Pucón!”about 15 different types of drunkensituations. I was impressed with the I was conversing in Spanish with muchcreativeness and spoke at length with the less effort than ever before!storeowner about how he sculpted every I‘m telling you, there is somethingsingle piece. It was incredible! This was the magical about Pucón! I can see myselffirst time I realized my Spanish was starting a business there - a place whereimproving. All weekend, I had been able to people can dance cueca on a porch lit upask for directions, find a place to stay at night and people can eat churrascos and drink vino near a roaring fireplace. Oye! It was difficult saying good-bye! 15
San Pedro de AtacamaOne Week in the North town are not Chilean, or even native Spanish so I told him I was looking for something forby Eva Cappuccilli speakers. San Pedro specializes in adventure my host mom. ―Your host mom?‖ he asked. Northern Chile is home to the Atacama, tourism, hence all the people. All that said, I briefly explained what I doing in Chile, andthe driest desert in the world. Having one what impressed me the most about San Pedro maybe it broke up the mediocrity of normalweek of vacation (a rare and wondrous wasn‘t really all the things I could do there (and conversation, but the idea of me teaching,thing for me), I decided to brave a 24-hour there were many), or all the tourists I could talk and not just studying, interested him.bus ride to San Pedro, a small pueblo to, but rather the sense of buena onda all ―So why did you choose Chile?‖ The usuallocated smack dab in the wettest part of around. Buena onda means good vibes, and is reasons come to mind: wanting to teach,said desert. San Pedro is known for many just as hippie as it sounds. Everyone I met from travel and learn Spanish. He laughed at thethings, such as the lagunas formed from San Pedro was very relaxed, friendly and last one and remarked on how bad Chileanrun-off from the mountains, hot springs, interested in conversation. Spanish generally is. It‘s true, Chileansgeysers, salt flats, and monstrous One afternoon, I walked around the center have definitely earned their bad reputationvolcanoes all around the outskirts of town. looking for souvenirs, when I wandered into a for speaking, by mumbling, dropping theThere are no neighboring cities for nearly shop, and started poking through the shelves. letter ‗s‘, shortening words and using ana hundred kilometers however. It feels The shop owner came up to ask if I wanted help, inordinate amount of slang. All that saidlike complete isolation… though, I can relate. I am from Tennessee. Well, ok, except for all the gringo Every time I meet someone from a statetourists. Valle de la Luna and Valle de la further north than Kentucky or further westMuerte are particularly popular places to than Texas, there is a really good chancevisit, having really stunning rock he/she will make a dumb comment like,formations and pricey tours, there is no ―But you don‘t sound like you‘re from theother place in the world that offers better South.‖ Explaining this to him, and Istargazing, as evidenced by sheer amount shrugged and said, ―So what? I‘ll just haveof astronomers that flock to the two bad accents.‖ He found that to be 16observatories there; and the majority of very funny, and something as insignificantthe people walking around the center of
as bad accents became common ground. I stayed and hung out with him a few times over the week, talking about religion, Things I Wishastronomy, and all sorts of topics only hippies really care about. He was one of afew examples of people in San Pedro being very open and friendly—more so than the I Left at Homeaverage Chilean. That‘s the main reason I would recommend the Atacama to peoplelooking to get really badly sunburned on vacation—at least you‘ll be surrounded by •Some of my tank tops/t-shirts. It‘s freezingbuena onda while you fry, trying to climb a salt formation! here, and I hardly ever take off my jacket •Dresses & skirts •My hair clippers. I forgot to check the voltage requirements on them, and now I cant use them without buying a converter that costs more than a new pair of clippers. •My old pocket watch. I had a vague sense that this could be used to help teach students about telling time, but it was quickly supplanted by a foam clock from the 350-peso store. •I brought too many sweaters and too many bathing suits. •Less casual clothes, more professional/nicer clothes. •I wish I had brought a 5-month supply of Sour Patch Kids watermelon! It is my feel good snack and nothing here compares to it! •I wish I had brought more books to read. I was definitely not prepared for life without internet. •Supplies I thought I‘d need for teaching. I didn‘t end up using half of them, and the ones I did bring, I could have bought here. •Half of my shoes… How am I going to get 17 them back?
She’s a Vegetarian a mile radius (including people at the gesture. The first barbecue, she Felipe: Why is she eatingEmpanadas de Soya made me two. They were really something else? hospital where she where sheby Eva Cappuccilli delicious, as in heavenly choirs volunteers). So, when I say she goes Cristina: She‘s a vegetarian. Vegetarianism is not some passing out of her way to make sure I have sang, and I made sure to tell her asfancy for me; I‘ve been one for half of something special for every meal, much. Well, taking note of this, she Felipe: So, she doesn‘t eat made me three the second day. meat?my life. Unfortunately for me, not maybe I should say, that despite beingmany countries are really conducive to well-meaning, she even goes a bit too Obviously they were still really good, Cristina: No. No red meat,this lifestyle, Chile included. Not that far out of her way… possibly earth-shattering, but I was no chicken, no turkey, no more than a little stuffed fish...Chileans eat more meat than other Case, the first: Independence Day.people or anything, but they don‘t It‘s practically akin to heresy not to eat afterwards—two was plenty the first Felipe: No fish?particularly understand what being traditional Chilean foods on Dieciocho. day. I still told her how good theyvegetarian means. No, I won’t drink Empanadas de pino are the national were, especially since she went out Cristina: No po.chicken broth for my sore throat... No, favorite, being made with onions, of her way to make them just for me. Felipe: Eva, do you evenI’m not being difficult; some vegetarians olives, eggs, raisins, and… ground Well, if you were guessing (and like carne de soya?don’t eat fish, and I also hate fish… beef. Understandably, I have never kudos to you), by this point you know, on the third day, I got four. I Me: Yeah, it‘s okay.No, I won’t just try one chorripan, tried one, but Cristina is determinedbecause it’s a sausage… that I never settle for empanadas de had to explain, as politely as Felipe: Do you like tofu Luckily, my host mom has been queso, rather that I never settle at all, possible I cannot actually eat that better?pretty good about understanding what when I could be eating something she many empanadas in one sitting, as Me: Um, tofu‘s a goodI will and will not eat, and being the thinks I may like better. much as I would like to… ―Ja, substitute in dishes. Isweetest lady in all of Quilpué, she Over the course of the holiday mijita, no te preocupes!‖ wouldn‘t say I like it better.goes out of her way to make sure I weekend, we had three family Case, the second. The first time I met my host uncle, Felipe, was at a Felipe: Well, why don‘t youalways have something special for barbecues, and on top of single- make tofu, mi hermana?every meal. handedly making an enormous array family dinner. Cristina made roast Cristina is about an inch short of five of side dishes and grilled goods, she chicken for every extended family Cristina: And where am I member currently living in Region V, going to buy tofu, Felipe?feet, and has very grandmotherly vibe, made empanadas for everyone in thehaving twenty different stories to share family. As well as special ones for me. but for me, soy patties and extra Felipe: The rastafarians!about her grandkids at all times. She‘s Not that I asked; I am completely avocado. Being ever-so-shrewd, There is a house in 19also an amazing cook, and takes it content being a side dish vulture. All Felipe looked at my plate, then at his Peñablanca that sells all sorts of vegan stuff. Whyupon herself to feed everyone within the same, I was very grateful for the plate, then at my host mom and don‘t you just go there? asked:
While I found this conversation to be Cuisine… With a Chilean Twistincredibly flattering, given that that both ofthem were so concerned that I was •Pizza - Includes a slice of ham, corn •French fries/potato chips with mayoadequately fed, the idea of my little host and a slab of cheese on top. No sauce •Beer with lemon, salt and merkén (redmom driving thirty minutes to Peñablanca to and with extremely thick, non-pizza pepper)convene with rastafarians about the crust crust. Definitely not my favorite. •Pizza. What happens every day atpossibility of buying tofu brings a hysterical •Completos. Hot dogs with tomato,mental image to mind. I could very clearly Telepizza should be labeled for what it avocado, and mayonnaise.see her walking into a dark, shady, little is: a crime. •Hamburger patties served with rice orliving room, surrounded by turbaned and/or •Choripan. Not a gringo food, but spaghetti instead of with a bun and adreadlocked men, selling questionably people take the centers out of the bread side of fries!packaged foods, just to ask what texture of and throw them away. Thats the best •Guacamole. I know it‘s Mexican andtofu is best for casseroles. I could also part! It took all my self-control not topicture the way her face scrunches up while gringos alter it too, but there is ask for the refuse pile and just chowshe listens to new information, trying to something wrong with a 2 to 1 ratio of down on them in a corner.process, and, well, at the time this whole avocado and canola oil in the mixture. •Pancakes - thin, flavorless, andconversation went down, I had the •Anything that can viably pass for covered in manjar (dulce de leche). Nomisfortune of drinking a Coke Light, and desert has an inane amount of manjar me gustaconsequentially snorted the whole thing added to it.down my front. My host dad thought I washaving a fit. “How will your parents know Anatomy of an Empanada you had a good host family, if you don‟t gain weight?” Patting my shirt with a napkin, I tried toexplain, it was incredibly considerate, butreally unnecessary. No matter what, she willstill find a way of trying to make sure I amstuffed to bursting at all times. After all, thefirst day I met her she told me, ―How willyour parents know you had a good hostfamily, if you don‘t gain weight?‖ 20
Chelsea’s Chilean ChowRecipes Courtesy of Chelsea Snell Cazuela Pollo al Jugo con Arroz Chileno Ingredients: 1 CarrotChicken Ingredients: Chilean Rice Ingredients: 4-5 Garlic Cloves1 Piece of Chicken 1-2 Pieces of Celery (tops included) 3 Tablespoons of Oil for each person ½ Red Bell Pepper3-4 Garlic Cloves 2 Cups of Rice 2 Celery tops1-2 Pieces of Celery ½ Red Bell Pepper2 Carrots 1 Carrot Per Person:2 White Onion 3-4 Garlic Cloves 1 chicken part, 1 peeled potato, ½ corn on the cob, 1 slice1 Red Bell Pepper Salt and Oil of Zapallo (Chilean squash, that can probably be replaced2/3 Cup of Peas with any orange pumpkin or squash) Put oil in the pot and fry choppedPut a little oil in the celery, thin strips of bell pepper, Finely grate the carrot into the pot with the oil, add thinpot and cook the chicken chopped garlic, and finely shredded strips of bell pepper, finely chopped celery tops and garlic.for 2-5 minutes. Add all veggies except the carrot. While veggies are cooking, Fry for 4-5 minutes. Then add the chicken and fry foronion. Cut the bell pepper into thin slices heat up 4 cups of water until it about 2 minutes. While waiting for the vegetables andand the carrots in round pieces. Add salt, boils. Add rice and fry with veggies meat to fry, boil water (quantity depends on how muchChilean style. Let veggies and chicken cook for 2-4 minutes. Add boiling water, soup you are making) and add to the pot 2 minutes afterwith the top on until carrots are soft, about 2-3 tablespoons of oil and 2 the chicken. Then add the peeled potato and corn. Add salt15 minutes. Add onions, which are cut into tablespoons of salt. Bring rice to a to taste, Chileans use quite a bit of salt, but it sure islong medium/small sized strips. Let simmer boil, then turn to lowest heat setting tasty! Boil for about 20-30 (until potato is close to done)until chicken and onions are completely and simmer until finished. then add the squash. Cook until you can easily slide a 21cooks. Stir occasionally. knife into the squash and potatoes. Finally, serve and enjoy!!
Reflections Feeling at Home By Chelsea Snell family no matter where I am. While it will be closest friends; we have been through It‘s weird to think back to my first day so difficult to say goodbye, I am so fortunate everything together. We immediately bondedarriving in Quillota, Chile. Everything was so to have been placed with such amazing, kind and formed relationships and memoriesforeign, and I felt so out of place. I knew no people. that will last a lifetime.one, I barely spoke or understood ChileanSpanish, and now, almost nine months later, I “My time here has been one ofam leaving a new family, friends, community most rewarding and challengingand students whom I have grown of know sowell and love so much. While I can‘t wait to go experiences of my life.”home to see my family and friends, eat Mexicanfood and drink real coffee, I can‘t imagine my My students who absolutely drove melife outside of Chile. crazy, constantly made me laugh and never My time here has been one of most ceased to surprise me, will forever be in myrewarding and challenging experiences of my heart and thoughts. Some of them havelife. I had to learn to adapt to another culture, unthinkably difficult lives, yet they are stilllanguage and lifestyle, but it has helped me to so loving, as well as being some of the mostgrow as a person and view the world from a special people I know. I wouldn‘t have tradedcompletely different perspective. The people I my time with them for anything and Ihave met and the places I have visited will respect and love each one of them. I want to thank everyone who hasforever remind me that there is remarkable And last but not least, the friends I have contributed to this unforgettablebeauty in this world and that we must made in Chile have made my experience experience. There aren‘t words to explainaprovechar la vida! My host family, who took unforgettable. My Chilean friends who took how much I will miss everything Chile, butme in as their daughter, fed me until my pants me under their wings, helped me with my I know that at some point in my life I willdidn‘t fit, welcomed my American parents into mediocre Spanish and showed me the real return to this incredible country.their home and loved me as a member of their Chilean experience. And my WorldTeach 24family, will always be a part of me and my family, whom I consider to be some of my VIVA CHILE!
Facing Challenges with a Smileby Max Shapiro ¿Cuanto tiempo falta en Chile? ―How friends and passing a yerba mate, walkingmuch time do you have left in Chile?‖ alone in a field, or sitting in tranquility belowis a question that I seem to be the southern starry sky are some of the manyanswering quite frequently lately, and beauties I have found in Pinto chiquitito.every time I answer the number has Admittedly not everything came easily orshrunk from the last. As my proceeded to be wonderful during my time inremaining time dwindles away, I find Chile. Unfortunately, teaching was not asmyself trying to put everything in painless a task as I had hoped. I spent manyperspective. An easy task by no classes simply dealing with behavior issues,means. This year has flown by in the and nearly six months after I began teaching aflash of a moment. It feels as though student asked ―¿Que significa I am?‖ Butonly yesterday I was anxiously even amongst these various setbacks Iboarding the plane for Santiago can look back at the countless morehaving just met my fellow “Simply sitting we joyful moments I spent in theWorldTeach volunteers. classroom. My students friends and passingI remember vividly the were inexplicablynervous but excited a yerba mate, walking alone in a talented at bringing alooks on the faces the smile to my facepeople who would field, or sitting in regardless of my mood.soon become some tranquility below the Even if it was pokingof my best friends, southern starry sky fun at my often Tarzan-and I can only are some of the like butchery of Spanish,imagine the look on many beauties I have the times spent withmine. found in Pinto some of my classes will Yet, when I think back chiquitito.” remain cherished memories.to the months preceding Living in a foreignthis emotional day it feels so country immersed in a foreignlong ago. Another world, a different language certainly brought about its manyera of my life. When I left the States I times of doubt and frustration. I now like to tellwas accustomed to having New York people that I am so often confused that itsCity in my backyard. Big City life was when I am totally clear on what is happening,the only life for me. Even my college that I am concerned something must be wrong.town, Schenectady NY, was too small But I will leave Chile comfortably clear on a fewto quench my thirst for excitement. things. Working for WorldTeach over this pastBefore arriving in Pinto, my new home, year has brought me some of the happiestI could never have imagined that this moments and some of the best friends of mytiny pueblito of 4,000 people could life. And for that I wish only to thank all of youfulfill my desires to such a degree. who helped make this such a fantasticPinto has taught me life does not have experience.to be in the fast lane, often things moveto quickly for us to even see what we 25are passing by. Simply sitting with
Saludos de ChileAlexander Lokey Crystal Chandy Melinda LeeFrom: Baltimore, MD From: Seattle, WA From: Newberg, ORLocation: Quirihue Location: Cabrero Location: CañeteSchool: Towson University School: New York University School: Linfield UniversityMajor: English Major: Finance & Marketing Major: EnglishAshley Marie Johnston Emily Wauford From: Richmond, VA Ryan MosserFrom: Heyworth, IL From: York, PA Location: TomeLocation: Hualañé Location: Cartegena School: Notre Dame UniversitySchool: University of Illinois, School: Vassar College Major: Romance Languages &Champaign-Urbana Major: History Political ScienceMajor: Communications & SpanishChelsea Snell Eva Cappuccilli Simeon Garon-WolfFrom: Nevada City, CA From: Nashville, TN From: Denver, COLocation: Quillota Location: Quilpué Location: LajaSchool: UC Santa Cruz School: Jacobs University Bremen School: University of DenverMajor: Environmental Studies Major: History Major: International Studies& SociologyChika Mba Max Shapiro Trey ThompsonFrom: Los Angeles, CA From: Teaneck, NJ From: State College, PALocation: Quilpué Location: Pinto Location: QuilpuéSchool: Boston College School: Union College School: University of VirginiaMajor: Marketing & Psychology Major: Philosophy & Political Major: Math & Psychology Science 26