Experiencing Chile through Ambassadors to Latin America
Immersing yourself in an unknown culture surrounded by new faces speaking a foreign language can be one of the most eye-opening and impactful experiences a person can have. In March, five BBYO members and I (it’s Ron!) experienced this first-hand as we traveled to Santiago and Mantagua, Chile for Maccabi Tzair Latin American Confederation’s Continental Seminar (“the Seminar” for short) as a part of BBYO’s Ambassadors to Latin America program. We had the privilege of exploring Santiago’s Jewish community, visiting a local Jewish museum and synagogue, and eating dinner with Jewish firemen from the volunteer fire station, “Bomba Israel.” After touring Santiago, we made our way to the Seminar, joined by peers from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Israel, Mexico, Spain, Uruguay, and the United States for meaningful Israel education, interactive games, and an experience like none other. We shared our different Jewish experiences with our Latin American friends, and opened our minds to the cultures and stories of Jews in a place unlike our own. The six of us came away from the experience with new friends and a new perspective on what it means to be an Ambassador for the global Jewish community.
Check out photos from the Ambassador’s trip to Latin America here.