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Snapshot of Chile – Spanish is the national language of Chile, though other indigenous languages such as Mapudungun, Aymara, and Quechua are also present. Chilean spanish is unique in the way it drops the final syllables and “s” sounds from words. The Roman Catholic Church is the largest religion in Chile, accounting for about 60% of the population. The LDS church claims about 3% of the population, though many are inactive. Several other Protestant churches are also present, and about 18% of the population is irreligious. Modern Chilean culture primarily mixes Spanish and indigenous influences, though the south also has some influence from German immigrants. A wide range of music is popular in Chile, including rock, hip hop, and traditional folk music. Soccer is Chile’s most popular sport, though basketball and tennis are also somewhat popular and rodeos are popular events, especially in rural areas. Skiing is also practiced in some southern areas of the country. Chile is a large consumer of meat and bread, and rice and pasta are common side dishes. Empanadas and hot dogs are popular fast food items. Other popular dishes in Chile include asado (a type of barbecue, in southern Chile often made with lamb meat) and cazuela (a beef, potato, and pumpkin stew).
The Church is quite strong in Chile, with over half a million members in the country, though inactivity rates are very high. Within the Chile Concepcion South Mission, there are 10 stakes. The Church is strongest near the large cities of Concepcion, Los Ángeles, and Temuco. Both Temuco and Los Ángeles have CES Institutes and other Church resources. President Monson announced that a temple would be built in Concepcion during the October 2009 General Conference, however, construction is yet to begin.
Rice and beans are commonly served in Chile, though not as much as in other South and Central American countries. Chicken, corn, and rice are very popular, as are empanadas (a popular fried or baked street food). Soups and stews are often served with meals as well. Fish and seafood dishes are very common in the coastal areas of the mission. Examples of popular dishes include charquicán (a beef stew served with a fried egg on top) and paila marina (a seafood soup made with several types of fish and shellfish).
Missionaries serving in the Chile Concepcion South Mission will generally get around either by walking or using public transportation. Buses, taxis, and small taxi-like cars known as colectivos have many routes that run throughout the cities. Many missionaries walk in order to save money.
Most areas are relatively safe, though missionaries should still be aware of neighborhoods that could be potentially dangerous. The most common danger to missionaries is being robbed. Avoid looking like a tourist and and stay away from dangerous neighborhoods!
Concepcion is also prone to earthquakes. In 2010, an 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck the area, killing over 500 people. It is a good idea to be aware of basic earthquake preparedness. Information can be found at http://www.ready.gov/earthquakes.
The Chilean schedule is very different than that of the United States! Many people stay home in the morning, making it a good time to find people to teach. It is common practice to have a “siesta” after lunch (which is the main meal of the day), during which many people take naps and businesses shut down.
It is important to use good manners in your interactions with the Chilean people. Being respectful and polite (such as using formal verb forms in conversation) will help you gain the hearts of those with whom you interact.
“bacán” – cool
“cachaí” – get it?
It is a good idea to bring a light raincoat or jacket for the rainier winter months. Also make sure you have a sturdy satchel or bag to carry your scriptures in when working during the day!
There are many interesting sites to see within the Chile Concepcion South Mission! The city of Temuco is home to the Southern Andean Volcano Observatory, which tracks volcanic activity within the country. It is located within the Cerro Ñielol area, a forested park that is very popular with visitors. The coastal area near Concepcion is also very beautiful.
|Castellon 1063, Oficina Sur, Casilla 3580 Concepcion, Bio-Bio-Chile|
Castellon 1063, Oficina Sur
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