Reason Number Seven:

Friendly people

“Y verás como quieren en Chile, al amigo cuando es forastero”, (and you will see how people in Chile welcome the friend from far away lands) says  the popular song. Millions of people know this and have confirmed this as true.

Monday, August 03, 2009  
Gente Cálida (Photo: Universidad Católica)

People who visit Chile always remark on the warm welcome they receive. Chile features the highest immigration rates in South America over recent years,  according to data from the International Organization for Migration.

The country's solid economic and political status, as well as well-being perceived by foreigners living in Chile are some factors behind this situation. Colonies of Croatians, Americans, Germans, Peruvians, Italians and Palestinians have decided to settle in Chile.

There is a popular Chilean song that describes its people's renowned friendliness as follows: “verás como quieren en Chile, al amigo cuando es forastero” (you will see how people in Chile welcome the friend from far away lands). People are ready and willing to welcome in foreigners and are also generous.

Chileans are sociable and truly value family ties. Exchange students generally highlight how much they participate and interact in class, as well as direct interaction with teachers.

Foreign students will also have the opportunity to do volunteer or social work for charitable institutions. There are agencies such as Hogar de Cristo and Un Techo para Chile in Chile offering programs for people who want to perform community service. Universities and the Ministry of Education offer these options.
 

 

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