I only spent a couple of weeks in Chile but the brief time I did spend was amazing. I wasn’t too sure what to expect when I first arrived but in no time at all you are made to feel like a member of the family and the concern you may have soon disappears. The language barrier was a small issue for me as I didn’t speak a word of Spanish before I arrived but the Gap Chile team seem to have unparalleled patience and never get bothered about how little of what they say you may understand.

The views in Chile are spectacular and I would definitely recommend a trip to Valparaiso as and when you get the chance. There are all sorts of things to see and do down there and I don’t think I have ever seen a city with so much contrast in such a small area. One minute you can be walking down a run down area of the city and out of nowhere you will come across a beautiful building or an interesting statue.

The children in the nursery are some of the cutest kids you will ever see and they seem to enjoy interacting with you regardless of how good your Spanish may or may not be. My only bad experience in Chile was my one and only experience with milk. Be warned, unless you like the taste of fee, stay well clear of drinking any milk!

As brief as as my time in Chile was I would definitely recommend it to anyone. It’s a beautiful place with some of the friendliest people you will ever meet. If I could do it all over again I would but I would make sure I learnt Spanish at least a little before.

My only regret is that I couldn’t spend longer than 2 weeks there but it was certainly worth the 19 hour plane journey from the UK despite there being no TV’s on my plane!

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