Well, let's see. I packed up and moved from Rhode Island to South America in September of 2010 in hopes of finding a job. After a one month detour in Mendoza, Argentina, I arrived in Santiago, Chile. I started working in a British school in November of 2010 and for two years I was the head teacher in 5th grade.
At the end of December 2012, I left the hustle and bustle of Santiago and moved to the quiet town of Villarrica. Located around 500 miles south of Santiago, Villarrica is surrounded by trees, a gorgeous lake, and yes, a volcano or two. Every time I see the massive Volcán Villarrica in the distance, I can't help but hope there won't be a Dante's Peak-like situation in the near future. (Or ever, really.)
In March of 2013 I began working as an English teacher, this time in a German school (which should be interesting, considering the extent of German I know is what I have learned from watching Heidi Klum on Project Runway). I'm working with students from 5th-8th grade as well as II Medio and IV Medio (the equivalent of 10th and 12th grade).
Why did I choose Chile? That's a pretty popular question. Well, for me it was an easy decision. My mom was born here and the majority of my family lives here. And while I cannot say if I'll be living here forever (a popular question, let me tell you), I can say that I have no intentions of moving back to the US any time soon.