Alex Goff ’21 studied on Duke in Chile this summer, one of Duke’s newest 2-credit summer programs. Alex credits his host ‘abuela’ for the new insights he’s bringing back to Duke for the upcoming year. Read more ↓
"Flying on the plane to the Santiago Airport, I honestly did not know what to expect from my stay in Chile. The only thing I associated with the seemingly obscure country was copper mining and wine. However, after engaging with Chilean culture for six weeks, I know that my time in Chile was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
I not only developed more confidence in my Spanish proficiency, but I also grew stronger as an individual. I attribute most of my growth to living with my host grandmother, Oma. Oma taught me so much through our evening conversations that could last for hours, sending me to the supermercado to buy bread for dinner, teaching me the Chilean slang, and these are only the beginning. Most importantly, living with a host family in Chile encouraged me to truly listen to the backgrounds of others and thus, drives me to take time out of my schedule to make genuine relationships at Duke this upcoming year. My advice to future students is take advantage of every opportunity to explore, learn, and connect with the locals. Squeeze the most out of every day!”
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