Chile Viña del Mar Mission


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Description

Hugging the coast of the Pacific Ocean with its white sandy beaches, the Viña del Mar mission is known for its breathtaking beauty.

Vina Del Mar 1

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).

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The Church

The Church is generally well-received in this area of Chile. As of September 2013 there were nine stakes and four districts in the mission.

Food

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).

Vina Del Mar Food

Transportation

Missionaries will mostly walk here. In some areas, there may be a possibility of using bicycles.

vina del mar bikes

Customs

A wide range of music is common in Chile, including rock, hip hop and traditional folk music. Soccer is Chile’s most popular sport, though basketball and tennis are also enjoyed. In more rural areas they hold rodeos. Skiing is practiced in some southern areas of the country.

Local Lingo

Chilean spanish is unique in the way it drops the final syllables and “s” sounds from words. Modern Chilean culture primarily mixes Spanish and indigenous influences, though the south also has some influence from German immigrants.

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Profile

Chile
President Federico M. Kähnlein

4 Norte 1112
Casilla 631
Viña del Mar
Valparaiso
Chile

Spanish
Viña del Mar is fourth largest city of Chile
The Roman Catholic Church and Protestant Churches
Mediterranean climate with a rainy winter season. Summers are warm and winters are mild.
Viña del Mar, La Serena, Coquimbo, Illapel, Ovalle,

Experiences

Straight from the Chile Viña del Mar Mission:

*What items were hard to get or not available?

*What did you eat the most of?
“bread”

*What is the craziest thing you ate?
“cow’s stomach”

*What was most surprising about the culture?

*What advice would you give to someone going to the Chile Viña del Mar Mission?

*What do you wish you had known before you served?

*Other comments?

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