While attending high school in Chile you can explore the cosmopolitan capital of Santiago, the majestic Andes Mountains, the world’s driest desert in the North, or the untamed wilderness of Patagonia in the South. But it’s also a haven for thinking and learning—as Nobel-prize Chilean poet Pablo Neruda said, the country is “made for poets.” This is your chance to discover beautiful natural landscapes in a place that’s also bound to educate and inspire. Experience all that Chile has to offer by living with a host family and attending a local high school for a year or semester. You’ll get to immerse yourself in everyday culture while enjoying the adventure of a lifetime!
Things to know about Chile
Chileans tend to be proud of their country’s achievements. They come from a culture that celebrates customs like La Minga in the island of Chiloé, when friends and neighbors help move wooden houses or churches from one location to another, and then celebrate afterward with food and drink. Since many Chileans like to linger with family and friends, punctuality isn’t especially important. In fact, it’s common to be around 30 minutes late to a social event. You can expect to be greeted with an abrazo; this includes a handshake and a hug, followed by a kiss on the right cheek for women and family.