Santiago Global Ambassadors

Name: Yajayra Cerrato ’17

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Major: International relations

Semester abroad: Spring 2016

What was your most valuable experience abroad? Going to the Amazon in Ecuador with my host family, because I was able to interact first-hand with the Indigenous people of the country and understand more about their rituals and customs. It’s different to read about the Indigenous people than to speak with them first hand and understand their way of life. They have so much to offer, and if given the chance they could improve their country’s financial stability.

Contact: ycerrato@syr.edu


Name: Shelem Celis ’17

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Major: International relations

Semesters abroad: Fall 2013 (Discovery Florence), Fall 2015 (Istanbul), Spring 2016 (Santiago), Spring break 2017 (Cuba)

What was your most valuable experience abroad? One of my most memorable and valuable experiences abroad was in Santiago, Chile when a group of five people including myself decided to travel from Santiago to Torres de Paine National Park in the Atlantic Region of Chile. Our goal was to hike up to the top of the mountain to see the Cuernos de Paine, which is considered to be one of the wonders of the world. This was one of the hardest trips I have ever done since it included a 4-5 hour flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas, Chile, and a 6 hour car ride from Punta Arenas, to Torres de Paine National Park. We all ended up sleeping in the car to wake up really early and start our 10 hour hike. During this experience I could not stress the importance of teamwork. Five of us in the mountains and in the middle of nowhere working together to make it until the end. It was not easy, but I cannot describe the sunrise and the amazing view of the Cuernos del Paine, which are three horn-shaped peaks beside a few incredible icebergs with countless shades of blue. Will I go back? Most definitely.

Contact: scelis@syr.edu


Name: Daisia Glover ’17

Hometown: Bergenfield, NJ

Majors: Spanish language, literature & culture and Sociology

Semesters abroad: Fall 2016 (Santiago), Spring break 2017 (Cuba)

What was your most unforgettable experience abroad? One of my most unforgettable experiences while I was abroad was when I went to the desert town of San Pedro de Atacama in Chile. We visited two valleys and the salt flats. I also went sand boarding, something I never imagined myself doing. Being there and having the chance to appreciate the view in the valleys and see the stars at night was just so amazing to me.

Contact: ddglover@syr.edu


hailericeName: Haile Rice ’18

Hometown: Bronx, NY

Major: Biology

Semester abroad: Fall 2016

What was your most valuable experience abroad? My most unforgettable experience was a signing up for a program in which I would receive a partner that was learning English. My partner’s name is Victor and we would meet once a week on campus or sometimes we would go to a museum or a historical site in Chile. Each time we met, we would alternate between English and Spanish so that I could practice Spanish and he could practice English. This was memorable because we clicked instantly and found out that we had a lot in common and even though I am not abroad anymore, we still keep in touch and we hope to meet up in the future.

Contact: hailesrice@gmail.com


Processed with VSCO with g3 presetName: Eliza Engel ’18

Hometown: Stamford, CT

Majors: Spanish language, literature, and culture; Television, radio, and film

Semester abroad: Fall 2016

What was your most valuable experience abroad? If I were to choose one thing, I would say living with a host family for five months. This was an extremely valuable and unforgettable experience, as relationships were created and I left Chile with a second family, my Chilean family. They were absolutely incredible, and really made my experience so much better. They helped me master the Spanish language, they taught me about Chilean culture, and helped me discover new things about myself. Without them, the experience would not have been nearly as meaningful. They will forever have a place in my heart.

Contact: ecengel@syr.edu


nicktownsendName: Nick Townsend ’17

Hometown: Rochester, NY

Majors: International relations and Public relations

Semester abroad: Spring 2016

What do you wish you knew before going abroad? I wish I could have experienced the feeling of leaving Chile before I went abroad; while you are there it is easy to forget that the experience is once-in-a-lifetime. When that final day hit, it felt as though all of my academic and professional concerns about the semester meant nothing. What really mattered was spending the time immersed in the culture and forging an identity abroad that will not necessarily return with you externally in the United States, but will live on internally forever.

Contact: netownse@syr.edu


adrianathrelkeldName: Adriana Thelkeld ’17

Hometown: Fresno, CA

Major: International relations and Classical civilization

Semesters abroad: Discovery Florence (Fall 2013), Aqueducts of Ancient Rome (Spring 2015), CET Brazil (Fall 2015), Santiago (Spring 2016)

Contact: adthrelk@syr.edu


ishadamleName: Isha Damle ’17

Hometown: Hillsborough, NJ

Major: International relations and Television, radio, & film

Semesters abroad: Summer 2015 (Madrid), Spring 2016 (Santiago)

What would you say to a student undecided about studying abroad? I would say that studying abroad has opened up my mind and my heart to people from all over the world. The friendships and memories I made abroad have created a home for me in Syracuse, Latin America, and Spain. Going abroad will allow you to push yourself so that you can be open to other life-changing experiences. The broadened perspectives and open-mindedness that studying abroad fosters in you allows you to both grow as a person and hone in on skills that may help you academically and in future career endeavors.

Contact: idamle@syr.edu