I’m a Spanish teacher and a University lecturer. I studied for a Masters in political science and have worked for seven years in the Ministry of Education in Chile. And after that I was really tired and I moved to a private company that works in education as well. So I went to the North of the Country in little towns in the highlands of Chile trying to help teachers to improve their practices as a kind of counsellor. I worked with head teachers; teachers and I spent a lot of time in classrooms with kids as well.
I had a very good friend who was studying for a Masters here, so I came to visit him before making a decision, and I thought the city was fantastic, and a very good scale, not a huge city but not small. There is a lot of cultural life and, well, English weather, but I think it is better than other places. And I think there are some very interesting professors working here and I’ve had a lot of time to think about Chile and education. Thinking with others, having contact with other people, especially International students, trying to understand the kind of problems that we face in this global society that are sometimes really worrying. So I have really enjoyed having time to think in a deep way about what is happening, and about my position, and about what we can improve.
I’m not sure what I would like to do when I go back to my country. Definitely I will work in Education. I don’t know if it will be working as a policy maker again or in an academy, but I think this is a very good opportunity to learn about education and to have time to spend with friends and all my Chilean colleagues to reflect about what we need. So, definitely the result of this will be very important in my new ideas. I am just thinking all the time about Chile, not in a sad way, not nostalgically, I have a scholarship from my country and I think is part of my responsibility to think about how we can improve our Education, our society.
Education is more than knowledge in maths or literacy or science, it’s how you can build a fair inclusive, equalitarian society. So something that is interesting for me, like from my knowledge of this country, is for example, multi- ethnicity. This is something that in Chile is different, but we are facing this situation because people are moving around the world, so I think in this case, this city is inclusive in the way that you can share with different people, listen to different music, and I think learn that the world is a very nice place to share. I don’t know if it’s because we are foreigners and we have different backgrounds that we spend a lot of time at the weekends, in the city, looking around the city, at different music, and different food, different people, it’s not just students that interest me, I’m interested in people, people in the street.