I discovered TeachingChile at a crossroads in my life when I had just finished studying at the university and was uncertain as to what direction to take my life. While I had previously visited Chile, I was not sure about TeachingChile at first, because my only point of reference was their internet presence. When I saw that they had a U.S. telephone number, I decided to give them a call to see what sort of "human factor" I would find. I ended up talking with Bruce for a long time, and decided that TeachngChile was a sound company. I was also unsure about the placement fee, as they were a bit difficult for me to cover, but in considering all the services and support they obtained for me, I can now say it was more than worth the price.
In deciding for TeachingChile, I had noticed other programs, including one that offered volunteer teaching experiences without placement fees, but only offered small monthly stipends. I elected to go with TeachingChile, feeling it would be a fuller experience to receive my own pay for my work and deciding how I would use it myself, rather than having an organization provide me with basic necessies.
During the process of preparing to teach in Chile, I was pleasantly surprised to always encounter Bruce and Andrea at the other en dof the phone everytime I had a question.
The help and support continued as I arrived to Chile and started work. I am very grateful for the support, since my previous experience in Chile had not prepared me completely for my laboral experience.
Participating in the TeachingChile program was one of the most positive and impacting decisions I have made in my life. The initial uncertainy and doubt ended up paying off - TeachingChile ended up being a wonderful experience that helped me further my career in education. Looking back I don't think I could have done it without TeachingChile's support.
Thank you Bruce and Andrea!