Thinking back on my time in Chile the most significant aspects that come to mind are, the friendly people, the personal business relationship and the importance of international networking. Not only did the knowledge and experiences I gained grow me as a person but will also benefit my future in business, as an entrepreneur.
I was nervous traveling to a country with a different language and culture but as soon as I arrived the welcoming locals put me to ease. Embracing the cultural differences and immersing myself in with local traditions (especially the delicious cuisine) made my time in Chile not only more enjoyable but allowed me to take so much more from the opportunity and gain true long-lasting connections, with the people, businesses and all of my pet stray dogs, called Diego.
A highlight of my trip would be going to Valparaiso and visiting The Winebox hotel. It was very interesting to hear from a kiwi’s point of view what it is like starting a business up in Chile. Although he mentioned a lot of challenges, he’s never let them defeat him. He used them as learning experiences for future growth and establishment within the Valparaiso community, and that’s something I will definitely always remember.
I will forever be grateful for the amount of knowledge I gained from all the company visits and the new experiences I gained from being part of a new culture, I cannot wait to go back to Chile with my own future business ventures.