As we said our goodbyes, students who were previously strangers took pictures, exchanged contact information, and had a mutual respect for each culture. This trip has helped us to immerse ourselves into a different culture and appreciate Chilean culture.
One Chilean student, MeMo, brought his guitar and played for us throughout the night. The Chilean students love American music, so there were several songs we could sing together. We even discovered that Timmy had a hidden talent of playing guitar. He sang us an Indonesian song, and a few timeless classics we all knew.
We started the day off at Santa Lucía Hill. Santa Lucía has so much history surrounding it and is adorned with canons, fountains, and parks. This hill is 69 meters high and is home to two forts. One of these forts, Hidalgo, has a viewpoint that overlooks Santiago. We climbed to the top and were given a full view of the city.
Fundacion Chile (FCH) acts as the ideal gatekeeper between entrepreneurs and the assets they need to begin. Founded by a joint venture of ITT Corporation, the United States, the Chilean government, BHP Billiton, and Escondita Mining, FCH provides connections to venture capitalists, investment brokers, and consultants that fresh startups need to be successful in the Chilean marketplace.