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Students on the GW Chile program are supported by the Resident Director in Santiago. The Resident Director conducts a welcome orientation, leads the students on two weekend excursions, organizes numerous cultural activities, places interested students in volunteer and internship sites, offers guidance regarding the academic program and the transfer credit process, conducts workshops to assist students through the process of culture shock and adjustment, and is available for general assistance when needed. 

"The Resident Director is very helpful, you can come to her for literally anything, and she is very easy to talk to."  

- Brian Kiwanuka, Hispanic Languages & Literature and Political Science

Lise-Anne Strohschänk is the resident director of the GW Chile Study Program. She is based in Santiago, Chile, where she herself studied abroad, and has been living there for nine years. Lise-Anne was born in the U.S. and spent most of her childhood in Wisconsin, but with a Belgian mother and German father, she grew up speaking French and German at home and also spent time living in Europe.

She learned Spanish in middle school and developed a passion for the language and its literature in college, earning a B.A. in Hispanic Studies at Macalester College and a master's degree in Chilean and Latin American Literature at the Universidad de Chile. 

She has always worked in the field of study abroad and Spanish language instruction and has been with GW for seven years. Lise-Anne dedicates her free time to her "three Chileans," her husband and two daughters, and also enjoys running and all things food-related, especially trying new recipes.

Why do you love Santiago?

"Quizás la imagen más indeleble de Santiago es una tremenda metrópolis coronada por la imponente cordillera de los Andes, con sus cumbres nevadas: un recordatorio constante de la contrastante geografía que compone este país.

Como ciudad Santiago también es un lugar de contrastes: entre riqueza y pobreza, entre modernidad y tradición, entre olvido y recuerdo de la memoria histórica asociada a la dictadura de Pinochet. Es una ciudad en que el reflejo de una iglesia colonial se aprecia en los vidrios de una moderna torre de oficinas contigua, y en que a la salida de un local de Starbuck's puede pasar un cartonero en bicicleta o una carreta con caballos. Algo parecido ocurre con la vida diaria. Es posible encontrar todo el frenesí, la vida nocturna, los espectáculos, exposiciones y centros culturales de una urbe con millones de habitantes, mientras que en paralelo se conserva un alma urbana tranquila: la identidad de sus habitantes se construye en torno a la vida de barrio--el almacén y la heladería de la esquina; vecinos que se conocen y ciclistas que se movilizan por ciclovías que cruzan la ciudad. Existen pequeños enclaves con mucho espíritu propio, como el barrio Condell, o Lastarria, o el sector Bellas Artes-Parque Forestal, o rincones de Ñuñoa, o las calles arboladas que rodean la Plaza Las Lilas en Providencia. Todo esto la convierte en una ciudad humana y vivible, que te aseguro se convertirá en el escenario de una de las mejores experiencias de tu vida." 

- Lise-Anne Strohschank, Resident Director, GW Chile