time to get a little personal
Ok. I found a language immersion program in Santiago, Chile that is equivalent to the program I wanted to Seville. Teachers with college degrees and experience teaching foreigners, activities to become immersed in the culture, small class sizes, etc. I got a price quote from Paolo today- the program with a homestay for the housing is about $8700. So…cheaper than Seville, but not a ton cheaper.
I want on leaving in September. I figure, I want to go to the Southern Cone (Chile, Argentina, Uruguay) or Southern Spain. [North American] Summertime is 1) wintertime in Chile, and 2) extremely hot in Seville. So I figure, regardless of where I want to go, I should go in September.
I plan on investing my money in a couple of months so I have more money to put towards these moving abroad goals. A guy I know is a broker, a friend of my sister’s. In a couple of months, I hope to have more money to invest, hopefully 3 – 3.5K, whereas now I have slightly less.
Sometimes I feel really…I don’t want to say depressed, lest I appear overly dramatic, but really really uncertain and sad that I’ll make these plans work. I talked to my mom about my reasons for wanting to go abroad yesterday. When I was younger, I really wanted to go as an escape, like some fantasy because I was so unhappy here. Now that’s not quite the case. Once I quit school for speech-language pathology, I was trying to figure out what I wanted out of a career, and out of my future. Honestly, I didn’t know for sure what I wanted, and I still don’t know what I want, but I knew I always wanted to get fluent in Spanish. It’s a personal goal of mine, and a smart professional one, and I have no significant other, children, car, or mortgage, so I figured now’s the best time to try to accomplish this dream. My mom nodded and mentioned that I have been talking about getting fluent for years now. I know I’ve been looking up language immersion programs to do since 2005 or so, as a far-fetched-would-like-to-do-but-probably-won’t-actually-do thing. Now…it still seems far-fetched, and strange, and expensive, but I’ve got to make this work.
So yeah. I wanna leave in about 7 months. Wish me luck!