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Ultima década

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FIOCCHI, María Cecilia  and  ROJAS, Hugo. The student exchange abroad experience: An analysis of the perceptions of Chilean people who participated in youth for understanding programs in their adolescence. Ultima décad. [online]. 2015, vol.23, n.43, pp.207-233. ISSN 0718-2236.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-22362015000200008.

The present article analyzes the experiences of six Chilean exchange students who traveled abroad during their adolescence. After several years since their return to the country, the participants evaluate their exchange experience and the main lessons learned. We can conclude that exchange programs encourage the development of a series of positive changes such as an increased appreciation of cultural diversity, an increased self-confidence, the development of independent thinking, enhanced communication and social interaction skills, and more adaptability to face new circumstances and challenges.

Keywords : student exchange; cultural adaptation; cultural diversity; youth for understanding.

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