Latin American Studies
Tutor: I’ve been reading your personal statement, Paul. First, let’s talk about your work experience in South America. What took you there? Was it to gain more fluency in Spanish?
Paul: Well, as I’m combining Spanish with Latin American studies, my main idea was to find out more about the way people live there. My spoken Spanish was already pretty good, in fact,
Tutor: So you weren’t too worried about language barriers?
Paul: No. In fact, I ended up teaching English there. Although that wasn’t my original choice of work.
Tutor: I see. How did you find out about all this?
Paul: I found an agency that runs all kinds of voluntary projects in South America.
Tutor: What kind of work?
Paul: Well, there were several possibilities.
Tutor: You mean construction engineering work?
Paul: Yes. Getting involved in building projects was an option. Then there was tourism taking tourists for walks around the volcanoes, which I actually chose to do on DH. There was work with local farmers.
Tutor: But you didn’t continue with that project. Why not? Because I never
Paul: really knew whether I’d be needed or not. I thought it might be difficult physically, but I was certainly fit enough. No, I wanted to do something that had more of a proper structure. Teo, I suppose I get demotivated. Otherwise,
Tutor: what do you think you learned from your experience? It must have been a great opportunity to examine community life.
Paul: Yes, but it was difficult at first to be accepted by the locals. It was a very remote village on DH. Some of them were reluctant to speak to me, although they were always interested in my clothes and how much I had to pay for them. Well, that’s understandable. Yes, but things have improved. What struck me was that when people became more comfortable with me and less suspicious, we really connected with each other in a meaningful way. You made good friends? Yes, with two of the families in particular.
Tutor: Good. What about management? Did you have a project manager?
Paul: Yes. Andi gave me lots of advice and guidance
Tutor: on. Was he good at managing, too.
Paul: That wasn’t his strong point. I think he was often Mohr interested in the academic side of things than filing reports. He was a bit of a dreamer.
Tutor: And did you have a contract?
Paul: I had to stay for a minimum of three months. My parents were surprised when I asked to stay longer six months. In the end, I was so happy there
Tutor: and did anything on the administration side of things surprise you. What was the food and lodging like?
Paul: Simple. But there was plenty to eat, and I only paid $7 a day for that, which was amazing, really. And they gave me all the equipment I needed, even a laptop.
Tutor: You didn’t expect that, then? No. Well, I look forward to hearing more But now, let’s look at these models. You’ll need to start thinking about which ones you’ll definitely want to study. The 1st 1 here is gender studies in Latin America. It looks at how gender analysis is reconfiguring civil society in Latin America. Women are increasingly occupying positions in government andan other elected leadership positions in that in America. I think you’d find it interesting
Paul: if it was to do with people in the villages rather than those in the public sphere. I would.
Tutor: Okay, What about second language acquisition?
Paul: Do you think I would find that useful?
Tutor: Well, you’ve had some practical experience in the field. I think it would be.
Paul: I hadn’t thought about that. I’ll put that down as a definite man.
Tutor: Okay, What about indigenous women’s lives? That sounds appropriate.
Paul: I thought so, too. But I looked at last year’s exam questions, and that changed my mind.
Tutor: Don’t judge the value of the course on that. Maybe talk to some other students first. And we can talk about it again later. Okay? Yes, on DH. Lastly, will you sign up for Portuguese lessons?
Paul: My Spanish is good. So what? I find that module easy?
Tutor: Not necessarily. Some people find that Spanish interferes with learning Portuguese. Getting the accent right to it’s quite different in a lot of ways.
Paul: Well, I have much to do something else than all right.
Tutor: Now what we need to do