Alumni Profiles

GW Chile


Kevin Kelly Chile"The homestay is really one of the best parts of the study abroad experience. First and foremost, it provides a loving family that you live with. After living in the dorms for 2 years I forgot how nice it was to come home from a long day of school and have a family to relax and eat with. Secondly, it provides a challenge in that after classes you still must keep speaking and practicing Spanish. In these senses, the host family eases your cultural transition while also challenging you to keep immersing yourself in your host country. The host family also provides you a constant source of answers to any and all questions you have about the culture. My host family was an indispensable and incredible part of my year abroad."

Kevin Kelly

GW Chile, Academic Year 2011-2012

Major at GW: American Studies


“Whether it is talking to my host dad about his memories of living under the Pinochet dictatorship or talking to my classmates about the student movement, the conversation is always interesting... I do know that I will not return to the United States and GW the same person I was when I left in July.”  

Michelle Whelan

GW Chile, Fall 2012

Major at GW: International Affairs


 "The most rewarding part of the program for me was improving my Spanish. As I left for Chile, my biggest concern was speaking English all the time and not learning Spanish but going on this program there is absolutely no way you won't speak intensively and improve."

Virginie Hello

GW Chile, Spring 2012

Major at GW: Marketing and Finance