Culture

Over the week I learnt a lot about Chilean culture. I came over not knowing what to expect. I knew very minimal about life in Chile. I have now found out that Chileans are very formal, I was not aware of the custom of a cheek kiss was widely used over there.

Everyone on the street is very friendly. Chileans value Family and Love very much. Street art is also a very big part of the culture over there and many of the locals value it.

Chileans are also very proud of their music and local artists. I came over to Chile not aware of any corruption however after talking to some locals and the students who joined us I found out all about the corruption that happens over there and also their politics and how their history is quite recent.

Business

Business in Chile is very different to NZ. However, it would be a very good market to enter. In Chile, I learnt that there is a big business talent pool. Chileans also prefer face to face communication and they may take weeks to reply to an email. They also prefer that everything is in Chilean Spanish. Business takes time in Chile so nothing will happen straight away.

I also learnt that because Chileans are very family and love focused it means that when you are marketing for your business your ads and social media post should incorporate family.

What I learned about myself

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