Saturday, May 5, 2012

To the Airport, We Go!

Today's the day! We're in good ol' Pittsburgh for a few more hours and then we'll head off to the airport to catch our plane. After one layover in Miami, we'll land in Santiago, Chile! I'm so excited for everything I am going to learn, and I can't wait to immerse myself in the Chilean culture. This, for sure, is a once in a lifetime experience.

Yesterday, all of the students from the four different Plus 3 destinations met for a final pre-departure meeting. During this meeting we split into smaller groups and created skits about business faux pas in our specific countries. It was really fun to contrast the business etiquette in Germany, China, and Vietnam with that in Chile. For example, while Chileans commonly greet each other with a beso, or kiss on the cheek, German business people would consider such close physical contact to be inappropriate. Understanding our respective country's culture and business practices will be crucial for all of the Plus 3 students. By being respectful of these customs, we hope to be good representatives for both our country and the University of Pittsburgh.

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