Life in Cauquenes

When I first arrived it did not seem like Cauquenes had anything special about it. It was only a small town that was kind of unique, but most small towns are unique right? I was wrong however, because I have grown to love the town in only the three days I have been here. It is a good adjustment from life in Raleigh, North Carolina because of the fact that it is smaller. Now, this isn’t necessarily the reason because big cities can be great as well, but Cauquenes being small makes it an awesome place to live because everything
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Upon arrival

The last couple days have been hectic to say the least. After spending the night at the airport in Atlanta, we met up with two other exchange students as we were boarding for our flight to Santiago. It was a decent-lengthed flight (roughly 9 hours). After asking some people next to us to please move, we were able to get a few of us together for the journey. We spent the majority of the flight watching movies or in a dazed sleep. When we landed, it went fairly quick. We got off the plane and went through customs immediately. After
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Delayed!

There has been quite the series of events today. My departure date was scheduled for today, and I was “supposed” to be in Chile on August 4th (tomorrow) around midday. It started off pretty well. I arrived at the airport roughly two hours earlier than my flight departure so I would have time to go through security and check in as well as room for error. I seemed to be taunting error after ensuring so much time to avoid it. The irony is definite after we arrived at the airport. First, I said goodbye to friends outside of the airport
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Departure Arriving

I leave in three weeks! The seemingly never-coming date of my departure has finally come into sights. I’ve been extremely busy for the past few weeks trying to cram everything in before my 9-month absence, and it has been slightly hectic. It is a good hectic, though, considering I am kept busy spending as much time as possible with friends and family before I can’t see them for almost a whole year. I have also been kept busy with a full-time job raising for my upcoming trip. I was hired by a family friend who owns a great company called
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All We Are

All We Are is a fantastic non-profit that aides societies in need. They focus on sustainability and stewardship for the people in Uganda. One of their main projects is providing electricity and training for maintenance for communities that don’t have access to reliable power. Many charities do not realize the detriments they cause communities in need of aid. For example, many charities send a surplus of resources and products to a society in need to provide for the people. What they don’t take into account is that those resources and products were being sold by local vendors in the community.
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Cauquenes, Chile

I am continuing the process of the exchange even though steps are slow. Finding sponsors for my exchange is proving to be challenging, and I would like to thank all sponsors who are reading this for their help. I wouldn’t be able to go through with the exchange without the help of my supporters. After inquiring for the documents from the district, we received my guarantee form and school acceptance letter from Chile. After the orientation in Concepcion on the weekend of August 4th, I will be traveling to the town of Cauquenes where I will live during my year. I
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Rotary Presentation

This week I had the the opportunity to talk in front of my sponsoring Rotary club. The North Raleigh Rotary club invited me to talk at their club’s lunch meeting, which occur every week on Wednesday at the Sertoma Fine Arts Center at Shelley Lake. There were other speakers there including the inbound student this year from Brazil, Sophia Dragao. She had a presentation on her year here and did a great job of presenting especially since it was not in her native language. I was invited to just give a quick talk about myself, motives for my exchange, my
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Pre-exchange Orientation

Recently, I had the pleasure to meet all of the outgoing exchange students from my district (the Rotary district that I am being sponsored by) at the orientation for the exchange. There is one other guy going to Mexico named Nathaniel Sexton. He has many of the same ideas as I do for the exchange, and he plans to vlog a lot as well on his YouTube channel. The other students are: Grace Abels to Peru, Corinne Mechum to Brazil, and Emily Ayscue to Brazil. I wish the best of luck to all of these students and look forward to becoming
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City Revealed

The city I will be near in my exchange year has recently become known, and I could not be luckier. It is Concepción, Chile. Concepción is a little more southern than Santiago, located almost in the geographical center of the country. It is also located slightly more western than Santiago, which means closer to the coast. After researching previous students blogs and accounts of going to Chile I was fully prepared to live in Santiago because many exchange students had that as their destination but receiving Concepción is genuinely a pleasure. It looks like a paradise full of interesting culture and
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Exchange Destination

Continuing the process of the exchange, I received my country destination… Kind of. After submitting the application weeks ago, I was informed that I would receive an email in a couple weeks letting me know where I am going for my exchange year. I waited excitedly for this email because it would be another step towards a year of my life that I will never forget. At the end of January I was confused on why I still hadn’t received an email from the program. While watching television at home one day, my dad walked in and asked if I
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